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Rockwell Automation Invests $12M to Bring Science and Technology to Next Generation Workforce

Rockwell Automation has long supported FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology —  among other things supplying floor space during Automation Fair so that students can show off robotic projects. Now Rockwell Automation has announced a $12M, four-year commitment to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Over the past […]

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Festo Manufacturing and Distribution in the US

The Festo International Press Conference has taken me on manufacturing and technology tours to Germany and Hungary in the past. This year’s event was a short drive down Interstate 75 to Cincinnati, Ohio. Here a large international press contingent toured its new $70 M state-of-the-art distribution and manufacturing center. The facility features a highly automated […]

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National Manufacturing Day Twitter Chat with PwC and Manufacturing Institute

Last Friday, October 7, was National Manufacturing Day. Pointing toward that recognition, I participated in a Twitter Chat with PwC (Bob McCutcheon) and The Manufacturing Institute (Jennifer McNelly). I have participated on several of these. It’s pretty interesting. You can search #MFGTalent on Twitter and see the thread. That same week, Moira Gunn interviewed Dan […]

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Building A Digital Industrial Ecosystem

Industry and manufacturing leaders recognize the trend to the next step in the evolution of enterprise effectiveness and success. The industrial digital revolution is an overnight sensation that has been 30 years in the making. We began with digital controls then adding human interface and then information handling. Internet of Things with its proliferation of […]

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Technology And The New World of Work

Tim Sowell’s thinking over the past few months has resonated with me. He’s looking at the blend of technology and humans that will build the plant of the future. Some years ago when I was laying out the initial editorial stance of Automation World, I was attacked by Lean practitioners (consultants). They said there was […]

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Klein Industrial Workforce Survey

Many people are concerned about recruiting the next generation industrial workforce. Not only must we recruit younger people, attracting young women into the industry in a variety of professions would be great. Klein Tools just sent the results of a survey—its second annual “State of the Industry” one. This year, Klein Tools took a new […]

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Find An Automation Expert

Do you ever need a temporary automation expert to get you over a project hump? Ever wish there was something akin to Angie’s List for PLC programmers and other skilled industrial technical people? Andy Urda called the other day to introduce me to a new company and concept in the workforce staffing industry—FactoryFix. Andy’s been […]

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Data Drives A New Manufacturing Hero The Reliability Engineer

I chatted this week with two executives from GE Digital. Jeremiah Stone is the General Manager – Industrial Data Intelligence Software at GE Digital, and Jennifer Bennett is the General Manager – Manufacturing Software Solutions (Brilliant Factory) at GE Digital. The conversation opened with the idea that it’s about data. Companies must become data-driven. But […]

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