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Automation Or Jobs — A Non Sequitur

Why always “Automation OR Jobs?” Never “both…and.” Or, is there really a correlation? The PewResearch Internet Project has recently released a report of a “research” project regarding people’s opinions about whether automation is a job-creating or job-depleting phenomenon. The reason I use the quote marks around research is that it is not the type of […]

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A Tale of Two Manufacturing Industry Events

A Tale of Two Manufacturing Conferences Reaching customers and prospects with a company’s message and involving them in educational and networking events evidently is becoming more difficult. Manufacturing technology trade shows—the staples of the 80s and 90s—are just about extinct. Some still exist, albeit in quite smaller form factors and with different twists. Some vertical […]

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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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Wonderware Industrial Software

Wonderware Industrial Software Conference and Product Release

Rocking out to the Beatles “Revolution”, Invensys software announced “The Industrial Software Revolution Begins Now.” About 1,000 people gathered at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas for the second Invensys conference in a little over a month. Last month it was the process solutions side of the company. This conference focuses on Wonderware, SimSci-Esscor and Avantis. […]

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The Manufacturing Connection

Jim Pinto on Future of Automation

Jim Pinto’s latest newsletter is out. He raises many interesting issues, as usual. I appreciated his description of returning home to India. I’ve never been there, but I have studied its history and culture since my university days, as well as having deep interest in business development there. Tom Wolfe said you can’t go home […]

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Manufacturing Employment, GDP

Manufacturing Employment

Andrew McAfee’s latest blog post takes another dive into economy statistics. He calls it “No News” which is both good news and bad news. ​​It’s the same story. The overall economy is growing modestly. Profits are climbing—even in manufacturing. But employment continues to lag. In fact as shown in the graph accompanying this article, not […]

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