Operations, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Procurement, Quality, Supply Chain, Logistics
In an increasingly digital world, surrounded by connected devices, manufacturers are recognizing the necessity and benefits of moving from a linear supply chain model to a flexible, digital supply network (DSN). DSNs integrate data and information from the various sources that contribute to the production and distribution of manufactured goods. This data is available instantaneously, allowing manufacturers to make quick decisions and adapt to changing market needs. Additionally, DSNs reduce product costs, increase profitability, and improve quality. With wide-ranging benefits, one would expect that a majority of manufacturers have implemented DSNs. However, according to a survey conducted by MAPI and Deloitte, only 28% of respondents have started implementing DSN solutions.
Growth & Innovation, Research & Development, Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing
Collaborative engineering tools are transformational for many organizations. In addition to reducing time to market, they reduce cost, eliminate errors, and create an environment of information sharing that is resulting in better products. The future will not only see greater improvements in cycle times but will also see a greater expansion of data analytics tools and larger teams to include suppliers and others in the organization, having an overall impact on the bottom line.
Corporate Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Supply Chain Sustainability, Operations, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Footprint, Material Management, Procurement, Strategic Sourcing
Participating in the circular economy through material reuse and recycling saves companies money and minimizes environmental footprints. Read our interview with Andy Mangan of the US Business Council for Sustainable Development for a look at a pioneering pilot on resource efficiency and join us on July 12 for Andy’s webinar on the circular economy.
Growth & Innovation, Research & Development, Research, Innovation, New Product Development, Operations, Manufacturing, Production
Virtual reality has many applications beyond video games, particularly for manufacturing. Companies are leveraging this technology for product development, prototypes, training, and factory floor layout. Ford and BAE Systems already have reputations for using virtual reality to shorten product design cycles and save costs.
Americans are surrounded by manufactured goods at home and work— so how can the manufacturing sector represent only 11% of GDP? The explanation is that it doesn’t. MAPI Foundation research examining the full value chain reveals that manufacturing accounts for 32% of GDP. We also find that the manufacturing multiplier is almost three times as high as official data suggest.
Global Economy, Economic Environment, Operations, Manufacturing, Production
Following is an analysis from Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist for the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, regarding the October 2015 Institute for Supply Management (ISM) report.