Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Next Generation Manufacturing Services

Next Generation Manufacturing is a term that describes an organization that performs at world-class levels in six broad areas.  These areas encompass growth, innovation, continuous improvement, working with suppliers and customers as partners, global engagement and profitable sustainability.

See our Next Generation Manufacturing Survey results for more information.

Customer-Focused Innovation

Customer-Focused Innovation

delivering services and products before your customers know they’re needed.

  • Streamlines delivery and frequency of new products/services/integrated solutions
  • Uses systemic innovation across the enterprise in processes and practices
  • Builds robust market intelligence resulting in unique solutions for complex and segmented customer needs
  • Focuses staff, metrics and investment on product research, development and deployment

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Systemic Continuous Improvement

Systemic Continuous Improvement

establishing a culture that sets new performance standards every day.

  • Continuously measures performance against world-class benchmarks
  • Builds an enterprise-wide culture of measurable continuous improvement
  • Invests in technology and training to drive continuous improvement

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Advanced Talent Management

Advanced Talent Management

the ability to harness the full power of the modern manufacturing workforce.

  • Mines talent and skill from diverse sources;  leverages diversity as a business asset
  • Continuously invests in training and education of employees and partners
  • Pushes decision-making authority and accountability down through the organization, driving continuous improvement and employee engagement
  • Focuses staff, metrics and investment on human capital development and retention

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Global Engagement

Global Engagement

taking advantage of the global market for goods and services.

  • Anticipates the threats and opportunities presented by globalization and  responds with offensive/defensive capabilities
  • Engages in multiple foreign markets for export, sourcing and partnership opportunities
  • Engages staff and develops partnerships capable of successfully operating in foreign markets
  • Leverages partnerships/alliances for maximum market penetration, complementary business capabilities, business intelligence and opportunity identification

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Extended Enterprise Management

Extended Enterprise Management

making supply chains that are strong and profitable for everyone.

  • Transforms value chains to create better products/services at lower cost while creating new business capabilities
  • Establishes a trusted network of partners and suppliers ready to quickly capitalize on opportunities
  • Maintains open and continuous communication across the extended enterprise
  • Engages suppliers and partners in strategic planning, sharing of customer and competitor information, and response to new opportunities

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Sustainable Products & Process Development

Sustainable Products & Process Development

reduce the organization’s environmental footprint and improve operating performance.

  • Invests in technologies, production methods and business processes that create resource/cost savings and drive market share
  • Builds green and sustainable practices that ensure business continuity and build community, employee and social support
  • Anticipates and responds proactively to future regulation that penalizes inefficient and wasteful resource use
  • Invests in training and technology that reduces material and energy use

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