The Motley Fool's industrials analyst, Isaac Pino, recently attended The Atlantic magazine's Manufacturing Summit for insight into the industry, and visited GE's (NYSE:GE) offices at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for a closer look at the $250 billion conglomerate. Isaac and Motley Fool Money host Chris Hill weigh in on the company's transformation over the past few years, its game-changing investments in 3-D printing and the industrial Internet, and the opportunity ahead for GE shareholders.

In the following segment, Isaac takes a closer look at GE's mission to return to its industrial roots, to invest heavily in manufacturing, mining, and energy, and to drive higher returns in a typically low-margin sector by introducing software applications. The rise of intelligent machines is just around the corner, and GE is harnessing big data to increase efficiency, reduce downtime, and bolster margins through its services businesses.