Prospects For Manufacturing Employment

We have all written and spoken about the coming expertise crisis in manufacturing employment (factory and process) that will be caused by the retirement of the current population of engineers, operators and maintenance technicians. Some of this attrition has already begun. I spotted this chart on the Business Insider Web site. It look at the […]

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Cloud-Based Manufacturing Software

Twice in a week—more news about companies incorporating the Cloud to expand the applications of their manufacturing software. In this release, Infor announced its use of Amazon Web Services Cloud. Obviously proud of its new suite of products, the company notes, “Infor CloudSuite provides beautiful software with deep industry functionality and a flexible, subscription-based delivery […]

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Industrial Process Simulation Design Competition

Companies are trying many methods and programs to get university students involved in manufacturing and production. Here are details of one from Honeywell. Honeywell has launched the annual UniSim Design Challenge, a series of process design competitions which recognize young talent from across three regions: Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). […]

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Tools Aid Better Manufacturing

“Gary, what are you hearing about PackML lately,” asked an acquaintance the other day. “I’m getting a lot of requests for it.” My friend is a software integrator working primarily in factory automation and MES. Developed by a working group of engineers from companies that use packaging machines, companies that design and manufacture packaging machines, […]

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Multi-protocol Wireless Adaptor for Wired to ISA100 Wireless Devices

The “Wireless Wars” are mostly over, now. Thankfully. While the standards were under development, companies and people took sides. The acrimony had a personal cost for many. A few companies continue to support the ISA100 industrial wireless sensor network standard. Many support the WirelessHART standard. Many are developing gateways and adaptors to allow plant systems […]

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Mitsubishi Growing An Integrated Automation and Manufacturing Platform

Mitsubishi Electric Automation has been somewhat quietly building out a version of the connected manufacturing enterprise for several years. Known for machine control and motion control, it first made a splash by partnering with ILS Technology to develop e-F@ctory. This is connecting technology moving data from the control system to enterprise databases. It recently announced […]

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