D I A L O G U E
Gerald Johnson,
EVP of Global Manufacturing, believes that technology-powered production agility holds the key to a rapid realization of the company’s “Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions, Zero Congestion” vision.

S U R V E Y
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.

The Future of Manufacturing

  EDITOR’S LETTER
THE FUTURE, COMING MORE INTO VIEW
There is nothing like an existential crisis to spur change. And the manufacturing industry seems determined not to waste the opportunity.
By David R. Brousell

  P  O V
FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE
Digital acceleration may also speed up the race to net zero.
By Paul Tate

TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN AND HUMAN-CENTERED
Digital will drive manufacturing’s transformation, but only if it goes with a people-first approach.
By Sachin Lulla and Himanshu Khandewal

CLOSING THE LOOP ACROSS PRODUCTS, PROCESSES, PEOPLE, AND PLACES
Lean principles led to standardized performance, but digital performance systems are their high-powered successor.
By Howard Heppelmann, Craig Melrose, James Zhang and David Immerman

CREATING SUSTAINABLE FACTORIES IN A CIRCULAR PRODUCTION ECONOMY
Digital transformation provides a powerful opportunity for manufacturers to shape increasingly sustainable business and operational models for the decade ahead.
By Lawrence Whittle and Francisco Betti

MODERNIZE NOW FOR THE M 4.0 WORKFORCE
Factories of the future cannot be powered by the workforce of the past.
By Adam Aguzzi

LEAVING CHINA? IT’S NOT EASY
Trade tensions and the global pandemic’s effect on supply chains have compelled manufacturers to rethink their strategies in China. But pulling up stakes in China is far from simple and may not be in a manufacturer’s long-term interest.
By Rosemary Coates

BUILDING THE BUSINESS CASE FOR M4.0
The road(map) to Manufacturing 4.0 is paved with good data
By Thomas Luck and Rick Homman

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