Year: 2017

The Growing Value of Manufacturing Sustainability

NEW sustainable production approaches, supported by advanced digital technologies, are clearly delivering value to manufacturing companies and their customers today, and they are expected to deliver even greater value in the years ahead as Manufacturing 4.0, the next wave of industrial progress, extends its reach throughout the global industry. This is one of the key takeaways of the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s first exclusive survey on Manufacturing 4.0 Sustainability, one of the ML Council’s “Critical Issues” facing manufacturing. The new survey provides a snapshot of where many manufacturing companies are today in their pursuit of more sustainable production. It also...

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M4.0 is Changing Sustainability Rules

M4.0 is Changing the Rules For Everyone HERE ARE THREE KEY REASONS WHY MANUFA CTURING 4.0 should change the way you think about the future of sustainability in your manufacturing organization. Enterprise Visibility: Much of the promise of Manufacturing 4.0 technologies, big data, and pervasive sensor networks is all about visibility, in degrees of detail, depth, scope, immediacy, and insight that have never been possible before. As visibility increases across every manufacturing activity, the use of materials, energy, and resources, and a company’s measurable impact on its locations and the wider environment, will become more explicit. Everything you do in the decades ahead will be digitally traceable, verifiable, and transparent. How you, and others, measure and judge your sustainability performance will change forever. Operational Efficiency: That unprecedented visibility into what you’re doing, and how you’re doing it, provides a unique opportunity to use new M4.0 analytical technologies to help improve both the value and the sustainability of all those operations. The results of our latest Manufacturing 4.0 Sustainability survey show increased efficiency and reduced costs are prime motivators for many sustainability strategies today. There are clearly gains to be made, not just in terms of positive environmental impact, but also in terms of time and money. That’s good for business, and for your sustainability performance and reputation, too. Ethical Reputation: Your future will be scrutinized. The influence of all stakeholders – customers,...

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Scaling Nano-Tech Production

Pixelligent’s Craig Bandes believes its commercial-scale nano-materials production platform will help companies innovate the nextgeneration of products. “In every major commercial, industrial, or electronic application you can think about, you’re starting to see the impact of nanotechnology.” Craig Bandes, Chief Executive Officer, Pixelligent Technologies Small is beautiful, says the old adage. In the world of nanotechnology, small can also be powerful, game-changing, and capable of creating new types of materials with properties that have never been possible before. Working at atomic and molecular levels, and using multidisciplinary chemical, physical, biological, and engineering techniques, nanotechnology developers have proven they can successfully manipulate matter to produce specially-coated smart nano-materials that promise a vast array of possibilities for companies to create brand new classes of products across multiple industries – from healthcare to clothing, from construction to lighting, from satellites to automotive. The complexity of the production and coating process however, is expensive and difficult to scale, a problem that has held back nano-technology development in its pursuit of mass-market deployment. 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Award winner, Pixelligent Technologies, believes it may have an answer – an innovative manufacturing process that promises to deliver coated nanotechnology materials at a commercial scale. In our latest Dialogue with a manufacturing industry thought leader, Craig Bandes, President and CEO of Pixelligent Technologies, talks with Executive Editor Paul Tate about the potential of nano-materials to usher in...

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The Toxic Behavior Problem

AS ANYONE IN THE INDUSTRY KNOWS, SUSTAINABLE manufacturing is the processing of resources into products with minimal negative environmental impact. Products are manufactured through processes that prevent greenhouse gasses (GHG), conserve energy and natural resources, and that are non-hazardous to employees and consumers to improve outcomes like safety, efficiency, cost, and productivity. The auto industry’s aggressive move to the electric market, where battery powered vehicles can reduce carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, is a prime example. Whether you are creating new green products out of more reusable materials or simply trying to do a better job of reducing your own manufacturing process emissions, sustainability is now a key differentiator in the marketplace. However, as noted in a 2016 research study by Bain & Company on sustainability and change, executives who wanted to make a difference to the environment and their green customers fell short in achieving the desired sustainability outcomes. Fifty percent settled for some dilution of expected results in all their change efforts and they had even lower outcomes for changes related to sustainability. Eighty one percent settled for mediocre sustainability implementation performance. Why? Rather than attributing the lack of results to technology or process, Bain’s survey points to leadership as the root cause of failure. According to Bain, the reason is “overlooking frontline employees when implementing new approaches.” And who is responsible for implementing change in...

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Aligning Business And Sustainability Goals

The constant need for manufacturers to drive operational improvement and increase shareholder value isn’t necessarily at odds with sustainability strategies. ML Award winner Cisco shows how business and sustainability strategies can align with and complement each other. IN MARCH 2017, FROST & SULLIVAN’S MANUFACTURING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL selected Cisco as a Sustainability Leadership Award winner. We were honored for our efforts to avoid the generation of one million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our 100% outsourced supply chain operations by 2020. Over the last three years, in pursuit of that goal, we have changed our approach and...

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