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Working Deeply–Podcast 151

My 151st podcast on personal productity dives into “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport. also viewable on YouTube. Newport differentiates the work that will lead you to success (deep work–thinking) from that work that just fills time (shallow work–answering email, reading Facebook, etc.). He provides tips on organizing […]

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Software Application Aims to Boost Line Performance

Schneider Electric software aims to boost process line improvement tool for food & beverage and consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers. It announced yesterday availability of Line Performance Suite for Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods manufacturers. This single purpose app is built atop Wonderware MES software. These apps are a growing trend in the […]

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Rockwell Automation TechED Connected

I’m in Orlando at the annual summer gathering of Rockwell Automation distributor and customer tech specialists. This is where they go for training in current products and introduction to new ones. And to get a little fired up about the company. Rockwell Automation currently bills itself as the largest company solely devoted to industrial automation. […]

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Will We Have Manufacturing Jobs?

I just read yet another survey where people think we won’t have any manufacturing jobs in 50 years (or pick your number). Robots and automation will do everything. We will all just sit around, be poor and miserable–except for the few owners. That begs one essential question. If no one has money to buy things, […]

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Productivity Driven By Capital Investment, Educated Labor

A new study by the MAPI Foundation (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) analyzes productivity growth in manufacturing over the past 25 years and provides “compelling statistical evidence on the importance that capital investment and educated labor have on productivity performance.” I guess what this study highlights are factors that should have already been well […]

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GE Becomes Industrial Software Giant

Much time has been invested learning about GE’s new directions, including GE Digital, Digital Twin, Digital Thread, Industrial Software, and Industrial Internet of Things. Then I saw news coming from GE’s annual report–that it has a $5 billion industrial software and analytics company within it that is growing at 20% annually. That is a significant […]

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Enabling The Industrial Internet of Things From The Plant Floor

Enabling Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Reliability, Scalability, and pursuing Real ROI encompass the current mantra of Fluke. Maybe you only know that company for its multimeters or infrared cameras. Well, there is much more behind the curtain. The company has focused product development on mobile solutions, wireless communications, and data. This quarter’s product releases […]

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ABB Stabilizes Its Financial Ship — Industrial Automation

ABB has had a rugged financial period, but its latest financial results indicate a righting of the ship. I’m not a financial analyst; I didn’t sleep at a Holiday Inn Express; but, I’m interested in corporate strategies and performance especially among industrial technology suppliers. What follows is mostly from the company press release. However read […]

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Time Sensitive Networking Alliance Adds Members

Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) becomes a critical component of companies’ Internet of Things technology strategy. In the past year, I’ve written about TSN and (mostly) AVnu Alliance, four times. Engineering Software and Industrial Networking Trends ODVA Enhances EtherNet/IP Industrial Networking Specifications OPC Foundation Real-Time And Technology Partners AVnu Alliance Launches Support for Industrial Ethernet Market […]

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