Lockheed Martin engineers and service technicians at Bosch are just some of the manufacturing workers who have already turned to augmented reality. Many more will follow toward the fine line between reality and virtual.
The lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity; technological developments are drastically changing the way plants operate; and capital investments are on the rise. The result will be a landmark year in 2015 for U.S. manufacturing.
The once distant and isolated worlds of OT and IT -- of physical production and the software that drives it -- has been on a steady, inevitable collision course for over a decade. Today, GE is helping them finally merge.
Manufacturing production should continue to accelerate. Nearly 9 out of 10 manufacturing executives are optimistic about their company's 2015 outlook. Fewer manufacturers expect export sales to rise. Manufacturers continue to be frustrated with the political environment. Majority of owners of family businesses oppose estate tax changes.