The Shape of Things to Come The future state of manufacturing is envisioned as a highly efficient, high-tech engine of mass customization. But competitive advantage will flow only to those companies that master the use of advanced technologies and orchestrate change well.
David R. Brousell

Visions of the Decade to Come
Customized, autonomous, micro-networked, localized, AI-rich, modular, and more sustainable? What will global manufacturing look like in the decade to come? Members of the MLC’s Board of Governors share their unique perspectives on the future of manufacturing in 2030.
By Paul Tate

The reality is that end-market disruption is only going to increase. If you want to play a pivotal role in shaping the American economy for the next decade, you need to consider how to face that disruption with strengthened innovation and vision.
By Jerry Gootee, Mark Heidenreich,
Mitali Sharma, and Addison Lanier

Consumers have more choice now than ever. Why wouldn’t you use readily available data from today’s increasingly connected customer to anticipate their needs, drive innovation, and earn their loyalty?
By John Barcus

Middle managers have been a part of organizational hierarchy since humans started working together. But that role must change as traditional manufacturing transforms to a data-driven digital engineering model.
By Kevin Prouty

Manufacturers must prepare the human workforce now to work alongside increasingly collaborative, even sentient, robots.
By Sath Rao

What new skills, roles, teams, or new internal functions will manufacturers need in 2030?
By Jim Hefti

Customized manufacturing is what customers demand, but getting there requires building a connected end-to-end value chain.
By Shruti Gupta, Jason Alexander and Ron Beck

Today’s version of artificial intelligence is at risk of undercutting the power of knowledge.To free this important technology, here are 10 recommendations that will enable AI in manufacturing operations to prosper.
By Jim Davis

Tomorrow’s manufacturing will require faster innovation, along with more complex models and operational processes.
By Eric Green

By 2030, spatial computing applications that precisely locate and map 3D movements to improve operations and maximize the multiple interactions between humans, machines, objects, and working environments will become ubiquitous.
By Steve Dertien & Will Hastings

Prepared for a cyber war? As cybercrime targets proliferate, manufacturers will need an army of cybersecurity experts to repel the hackers. MxD has identified 247 cyber roles that manufacturers need to consider.
By Chandra Brown

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Fast Forward for Future Factories

The COVID pandemic has triggered a surge in M4.0 adoption across almost every function of manufacturing production that promises to rapidly transform the way factories are designed, operated, and managed in the next decade, reveals the MLC’s latest Factories of the Future survey.