What Will 2015 Bring for Manufacturing? [ROUNDUP]

It's that time of year again; a time for reflecting on 2014 as it comes to a close and looking forward to 2015. And what's in store for next year? Among other prognostications, our team looks at how the late-summer implementation of new regulations in life sciences is poised to affect the industry and how companies can prepare. Additionally, we look at what we believe will be one of the bigger topics gaining momentum next year--the Internet of Things--and what major developments will be seen in 2015. All this and more in this week's round-up and of course, Happy New Year from LNS!

manufacturing supplier technology2015 Manufacturing Outlook: Q&A with Cliff Waldman

Manufacturing.net recently sat down with Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation. The focus of this discussion was around the United States economy, manufacturing technologies, and other industry trends. This Q&A highlights Waldman’s expert opinion on impacts to be expected in 2015, positive industry news and events, technological advancements, and more. Read this interview.

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Taking Lean to the Supply Chain

In today’s competitive manufacturing world, adopting Lean or Six Sigma initiatives has become almost a requirement. Most large manufacturers have already implemented these programs for their internal operations. With traceability actions and wanting to improve operational visibility, the lines between a company’s own processes and their suppliers' processes are becoming gray. It may make sense for your organization to expand Lean to your supply chain, but not without a lot of effort and resources. This article provides insight into some of today’s global manufacturers who have stood up to the challenge. Read more…

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What You Need to Know About Medical Device FDA Compliance in 2015

In this article, Rob Harrison explores data from the FDA’s Transparency Initiative and Case for Quality. This data is provided annually based on inspection observations and warning letter citations issued during the previous calendar year. The main focus of this analysis is medical devices and relates to an organization’s current quality systems and manufacturing practices. From this data, Harrison provides recommendations for where medical device manufacturers should be focusing their quality management efforts throughout 2015.  Learn more…

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3 Industrial Internet of Things Predictions for 2015

Throughout this past year, the Internet of Things (IoT) has only gained momentum in discussions with both vendors and end-users. While the discussions are heating up, the investment is still viewed as down a long road. In the future, the LNS team wouldn’t be surprised if 2014 is looked at as a pivotal year for this emergence. This article looks toward the year ahead, focusing on three major impacts that our team believes will effect manufacturers. Don’t forget to stay tuned, as IoT will be a main focus throughout our research over the next twelve months. Read more…

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