Public Perceptions of Manufacturing

Public Perceptions of Manufacturing

Experts using scare tactics in order to drive page views and notoriety get daily publicity talking about “robots” taking manufacturing jobs away from people. They never even dig deeply enough even to find the broader “automation” that they really mean. I’ve written a...

The Future of Work

The Future of Work

Mechanization, automation, and eventually digitalization have improved the labor experience of humans for millennia. The first voices raising an alarm about the future was work was the rebellion against centralizing production--moving it from the craftsman's shed or...

Roll Your Own SCADA or Control Device?

Roll Your Own SCADA or Control Device?

One of the most popular posts on my Website every month for years (written in January 2016) is about Raspberry Pi and Linux for HMI/SCADA. One of my important news sources is The Information. It is a subscription-based news source—mostly technology news. I saw this...

True Role of Automation and Jobs

True Role of Automation and Jobs

When I read something in major mainstream media about manufacturing, production, automation, robots, or jobs, I’m prepared to cringe. Often the author has a journalism or economics degree who never worked inside a plant. Jeff Burnstein, President of the Association...

Value Investing and Company Analysis

Value Investing and Company Analysis

I have never been a fan-boy of Jack Welch. And the more we learn in retrospect, we see why he is not necessarily a genius to emulate. As a friend used to say, “You got your smoke; you got your mirrors.” It was growth by acquisition and using deft accounting. Vitaliy...

The Year of IT and OT

The Year of IT and OT

We should be so beyond talk of The IT/OT convergence. This has not been a technology issue for years. If anything it is an organization and personal issue. Executives continue to view their organizations as constructed of a variety of separate domains. This is often...

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