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                  Ten Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2020

                  February 12, 2020

                  As we enter 2020, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips to help you meet challenges and see immediate improvements in safety and productivity.

                  Smart Objects Ease the Way to Smarter Machines

                  February 10, 2020

                  It’s coming. A powerful way to streamline the integration of IoT-enabled machines. And make the information they deliver more useful.

                  Scale Manufacturing with Disposable Technology

                  February 7, 2020

                  Hyper-personalised medicine means that manufacturers are producing batches for individual patients. Learn how to stay ahead of the innovation curve in single-use systems.

                  5 Tips To Recruit Diverse Talent

                  February 3, 2020

                  Companies that value a diverse and inclusive workplace often enjoy lower turnover and better results. Here are 5 things you can to do recruit and retain women of color.

                  Digital Technology Enables Plant Optimization

                  February 3, 2020

                  Own your plant's future now: how to build a digital foundation for asset and plant optimization and reduced equipment obsolescence risk.

                  From Beer to RTD Beverages: Brewing Reimagined

                  January 23, 2020

                  As beer growth slows, traditional breweries are looking beyond beer to hard seltzer and other spirit blends. And they’re finding the brewing process very accommodating.

                  LOTO Annual Audits: What You Need to Know

                  January 20, 2020

                  Lockout/tagout annual audits are essential for maintaining a compliant program. They allow LOTO programs to be reviewed for gaps and deficiencies.

                  It’s 10:00 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

                  January 15, 2020

                  For life sciences companies, taking a closer look at network segmentation is a critical way to help improve system security and productivity.

                  24toCode Solves Real Manufacturing Challenge

                  December 18, 2019

                  24toCode hackathoners use machine learning, AI and data analytics to solve real manufacturing challenge. Winners offered internships, split prize pool.

                  How Do You Make Good Biotech Workers Better?

                  December 9, 2019

                  New ways augmented reality and other digital technologies can help improve worker productivity, reduce error – and optimize your workflow.

                  Secure Remote Access: Protect Your Plant Floor

                  December 4, 2019

                  Secure remote access policies and procedures can help manufacturers protect against cyber threats and human errors that result in unplanned downtime.

                  Before We Talk Pay, Let’s Talk About Opportunity

                  December 2, 2019

                  Statistics will tell you that women are closing the gender pay gap. But for women of color, the move forward is slower.

                  Experience Bold Conversations at Automation Fair

                  November 18, 2019

                  An interactive space where people tell stories, invite questions and encourage authentic dialog around the challenges of creating a culture that differentiates a company.

                  Industrial IoT Initiatives Need the Right Partners

                  November 14, 2019

                  The right partners can help you more easily deploy digital technologies, solve challenges like data-integration issues and capture more value from digital initiatives.

                  Workforce Enablement and the New Age of OEM Value

                  November 13, 2019

                  Equipment and machine builders are rethinking design, machine intelligence and services to address their customer’s workforce challenges.

                  LOTO OSHA Compliance: What You Need to Know

                  November 11, 2019

                  Is your lockout/tagout program compliant with OSHA regulations? LOTO OSHA violations are incredibly common for manufacturers. How to avoid fines and stay in compliance.

                  Digital Transformation and Mining Workforce Shifts

                  November 8, 2019

                  Technology is changing the way mining companies do business and one of the most impacted areas is the workforce. Learn how digital transformation is changing mining roles for the future.

                  Add Emulation to your Speed to Market Toolbox

                  November 6, 2019

                  CPG companies are gaining significant launch-time advantages with emulation technology. Recent advances are making it easier than ever to employ.

                  Inclusion and diversity

                  November 6, 2019

                  Join us at the top of every hour to hear from a variety of thought-leaders on how culture, community outreach, supplier diversity and a focus on talent can impact your business.

                  Surviving the Skills Gap

                  November 6, 2019

                  Solutions like digital workforce productivity simplify workers’ jobs and enhance how they work, making them critical in tackling the manufacturing skills gap.

                  Industrial IoT Initiatives Need the Right Partners

                  November 1, 2019

                  The right partners can help you more easily deploy digital technologies, solve challenges like data-integration issues and capture more value from digital initiatives.

                  Paper Mill Migrates to Modern DCS

                  October 30, 2019

                  For this paper mill, migrating its batch digester to a modern DCS offered significant improvements in yield, quality and operator efficiency.

                  The Benefits of Remote Support for Manufacturers

                  October 21, 2019

                  Plant managers can’t be everywhere, all the time. But in many ways, they need to be. Remote support can provide valuable expertise and backup whenever it’s needed.

                  Smart Manufacturing Benefits EV Production

                  October 16, 2019

                  A smart-manufacturing strategy can help overcome production challenges and produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly.

                  Get Ahead of Failures with Predictive Analytics

                  October 11, 2019

                  Predictive analytics dashboards provide insight into potential issues before they happen, so you can prevent machine or equipment failures and avoid downtime.

                  Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Automation Fair

                  October 4, 2019

                  We are here to help you make the case for why your boss should let you go to Automation Fair, which, by the way, is November 20-21 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

                  Cut Costs and Inefficiencies with the Right MAC

                  September 30, 2019

                  Reduce integration challenges by embedding an OEM MAC in your gas processing facility projects.

                  Wireless Makes the Connected Mine Possible

                  September 30, 2019

                  With a unified network infrastructure in place, mining operators can implement wireless and reliably connect their people, places and technologies.

                  Challenging Machine Builders to Think Differently

                  September 20, 2019

                  Food and beverage companies can achieve smart manufacturing goals by specifying smart, flexible machine technology. Are you asking the right questions?

                  LOTO Training Protects Workers and Manufacturers

                  September 18, 2019

                  Lockout/tagout training is required by OSHA for authorized employees and affected employees. Learn what should be included and how often it’s needed.

                  The Unsung Heroes of Industrial Security

                  September 16, 2019

                  By uncovering vulnerabilities and helping companies fix them, researchers help prevent what could be major security incidents.

                  How to Future-Proof Your Powertrain Production

                  September 13, 2019

                  Flexible and scalable drivetrain or powertrain production operations can help you keep up with consumer demand and adapt to technology changes.

                  Veteran Hiring Fills High-Tech Skills Gap

                  September 11, 2019

                  While veterans make great employees, moving from military to civilian employment can be tough. One veteran offers advice on creating a smooth transition.

                  How Predictive Analytics Improves Efficiency

                  September 9, 2019

                  Food and beverage companies are finding productivity gains in hidden data. With the help of predictive analytics, they’re using this data to make informed decisions.

                  One Smart Path. Extraordinary Machine Flexibility.

                  September 9, 2019

                  With a unified control platform, OEMs can better leverage the latest advanced technologies and optimize customers’ return on investment.

                  Five Ways to Overcome Your Operational Challenges

                  September 6, 2019

                  The struggle with downtime can feel like a never-ending battle. More manufacturers are turning to third-party providers for OT remote management services.

                  Want to Attract Top Talent? Lead With Your Mission

                  September 2, 2019

                  Manufacturing needs to reshape its image to attract and retain top talent. Candidates are looking at work culture, vision and mission and differentiators.

                  Get a Richer Picture of Production Performance

                  August 30, 2019

                  Companies around the world are already using enterprise operational intelligence solutions to create more competitive operations, and they’re seeing results.

                  Impact of Ecommerce on Packaging Equipment Design

                  August 28, 2019

                  Independent cart technology answers the call for a better way to manage the high-mix, agile packaging needs of our made-to-order world.

                  Get Predictive Insights Without a Data Scientist

                  August 16, 2019

                  Controller-based predictive analytics use AI technology to help you detect production issues before they lead to downtime or scrap.

                  OT Patch Management Strategy: 7 Best Practices

                  August 14, 2019

                  Manufacturers that want to avoid devastating cyberattacks should prioritize proactive OT patch management as part of their cybersecurity strategy.

                  When Water Hammer Knocks, You Better Answer

                  August 12, 2019

                  Learn how to prevent water hammer by “softening” the dynamics of starting and stopping a pump through the use of a soft starter.

                  Drive Out Distortion With a Low-Harmonic Drive

                  August 9, 2019

                  Drives with built-in distortion mitigation help protect process integrity and uptime in water/wastewater operations.

                  Digital Twin: Now and For the Future

                  August 7, 2019

                  Digital twin technologies are transforming the industrial space, elevating how we interact with our environments and offering great potential for the future workforce.

                  Invention Versus Innovation: Which One Is Better?

                  August 5, 2019

                  Are you an inventor or an innovator? 4 indicators that a company supports innovation and creating a culture where your ideas thrive.

                  Network Cable Installation: Make It a Priority

                  August 2, 2019

                  It’s critical to include a standards-based physical network design into your project scope, along with the logical network on the front end to help pave the way to success in the long term.

                  Copper Smelter Goes All In on a Modern DCS

                  July 31, 2019

                  ENAMI needed a modern control system with strong diagnostics, easy maintenance, and data management to support business decisions and operational improvement.

                  Reimagine Your Smart Machines with Edge Computing

                  July 29, 2019

                  Combining a machine’s control and computing hardware into one platform can help OEMs create smarter, more secure and capable machines.

                  Reduce Downtime with Performance Dashboards

                  July 26, 2019

                  The smallest uptime increase can add millions of dollars to a bottom line. Performance dashboards organize OEE data so manufacturers can identify growth opportunities.

                  Underemployed Veterans Get Shot at Success

                  July 22, 2019

                  For unemployed (or underemployed) veterans, a 12-week program can prepare them for highly sought-after high-tech roles.

                  Lockout/Tagout Procedures: Do Additions Help?

                  July 19, 2019

                  When it comes to lockout/tagout procedures, is it helpful or unnecessary to add information to the document? The answer isn’t always simple.

                  Virtualization Enables High Availability, Low TCO

                  July 17, 2019

                  Manufacturers are migrating from physical hardware solutions to a virtualized environment where multiple applications and operating systems can live.

                  Are You In Break-Fix Mode With Your Machines?

                  July 15, 2019

                  Three priorities will help you justify migration: operations, finances and corporate strategy. And there’s another factor to consider: employees.

                  Industry 4.0: The Challenges and Risks

                  July 15, 2019

                  There are many benefits to digital transformation. The challenges include security, testability, data collection, and legislation and standardization.

                  Beyond Data Integrity

                  July 8, 2019

                  Thanks to advances in digital technologies, life sciences companies can now use data more holistically to drive real-time business outcomes.

                  Visibility & Segmentation are Security Must-Haves

                  July 5, 2019

                  To protect industrial devices against security risks, you need two things: a clear view of your network activity and the ability to segment your network into discrete parts.

                  Using a VFD With Synchronous Capabilities

                  July 3, 2019

                  Using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with synchronous bypass and transfer capabilities can yield significant cost savings.

                  Using a VFD With Synchronous Capabilities

                  July 3, 2019

                  Using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with synchronous bypass and transfer capabilities can yield significant cost savings.

                  Bringing Manufacturing Closer to Home

                  July 1, 2019

                  Technology underpins Industry 4.0 potential, but the most important factor remains the people making it happen.

                  Fifty Not Out (and Just Getting Started)

                  July 1, 2019

                  The relationship between vendor and customers has never been more now as we seek to leverage the opportunity of 4IR technologies.

                  People of the Revolution: Do Not Fear Change

                  July 1, 2019

                  We help people to change and improve things with technology. And we live our brand promise of expanding human possibility.

                  The Technology Cycle – Chicken and Egg?

                  July 1, 2019

                  Ireland's potential will be unlocked by its digital transformation culture and driven by each industry’s specific needs.

                  Why Should Miners Embrace IIoT?

                  June 26, 2019

                  In order to optimize mine performance, miners must first be willing to embrace change. Embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

                  Let’s Transform the Future

                  June 19, 2019

                  Engineering is at its best when it is practiced by everyone. That is why STEM education and diversity are so important.

                  Reconciling the Two Truths of Automation Systems

                  June 17, 2019

                  A digital twin can unite your CAD and controls to help you create better industrial automation systems that are delivered on time, on spec and on budget.

                  A Unified Solution for Measurement and Control

                  June 14, 2019

                  Improve measurement and control with a unified solution for multi-well pad operations.

                  Smart Data Replaces Big Data

                  June 12, 2019

                  Big Data in industrial IoT applications will increasingly get replaced with Smart Data to derive business value quickly and cost-effectively.

                  Five Easy Digital Wins for Mining Companies

                  June 10, 2019

                  The benefits of digital transformation are undeniable. But each project comes with potential roadblocks. Here are three risks to the success of your project and how to avoid them.

                  E-learning: Evolving to Bridge the Skills Gap

                  June 5, 2019

                  As jobs have become more advanced and technological, the industrial skills gap has widened. But a game-changer has arrived: e-learning.

                  Is It Time to Digitize Your Lab?

                  June 3, 2019

                  A modern DCS can ease technology transfer – and help speed life sciences products from pilot plant to market.

                  From "Washdown" to "Hygienic Design"

                  June 2, 2019

                  Collaboration between CPG manufacturers and OEMs helps unify processing and packaging applications – and eases the way to compliance.

                  AngloGold Modernizes with a New DCS

                  May 29, 2019

                  AngloGold chose a modern DCS for its activated carbon process facility. Their operators quickly transitioned to simpler ISA 101 compliant grayscale displays with increased visibility.

                  How to Reduce Lead Time, Build Efficiency

                  May 27, 2019

                  Custom machine builders are improving time to market with smarter machine engineering. See how you can build efficiency with a single control platform.

                  Weighing Your Options for Simple Motor Control

                  May 26, 2019

                  Every motor control application is different, so what method provides the best fit and function? Push button or PLC control?

                  The Value of Plant Safety Dashboards

                  May 24, 2019

                  Safety dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

                  Gain Flexibility with Modern Batch Systems

                  May 22, 2019

                  The utilization of a modern batch control systems helps chemical producers achieve more flexible, productive and efficient operations.

                  A Pioneer of Smart Manufacturing

                  May 20, 2019

                  Innovations that paved the way for smart manufacturing took root decades ago. This pioneer helped focus a thousand points of light to what we know today.

                  Serving Up Value By Controlling F&B Processes

                  May 19, 2019

                  Food and beverage manufacturers can use model predictive control to create a standard model for production, optimizing capacity while maintaining or improving quality.

                  5 Business Cases for Using AC Drives with Safety

                  May 17, 2019

                  Boost productivity, simplify systems and get better insights into your operations using AC drives that deliver advanced safety over Ethernet.

                  Outdated Multimodal Port Modernizes with a New DCS

                  May 15, 2019

                  The largest port in central Chile, Los Ventanas, is now also its most modern after a new CEO helped to automate all processes using a modern DCS.

                  Modernize Your Power System, Boost Productivity

                  May 13, 2019

                  Oil and gas producers are feeling the pain of relying on aging systems. The use of intelligent packaged power cuts risk and costs, while unleashing information for performance improvement.

                  Eight Tips To Crush Your Internship

                  May 12, 2019

                  How do you get what you need from your internship (and impress your employer)? 8 tips to make the most of the experience.

                  Gain Better Visibility of Your Plant Operations

                  May 10, 2019

                  Digital technology can transform your maintenance, repair and operations asset data into something you can use.

                  What Every OEM Should Know About Skid Integration

                  May 8, 2019

                  How to sidestep common roadblocks, minimize engineering time and speed deployment.

                  Winning Companies Think Like Their Customers

                  May 6, 2019

                  To understand customer expectations, you have to think like a consumer. What impresses you about a company’s service? What drives you away?

                  21st Century Services: From Expense to Asset

                  May 5, 2019

                  What is ‘now’ for industrial services in the 21st Century, and what’s next as industry and its people develop and reinvent themselves?

                  Industrial Security Takeaways from Hannover Messe

                  May 3, 2019

                  Three considerations that can help inform and strengthen your own industrial security strategy.

                  Six Books Challenge Your Views on Work

                  May 1, 2019

                  Instead of choosing business and leadership books that reinforce your beliefs, consider reading a few that challenge your assumptions.

                  Cybersecurity Assessments: Improve Your Posture

                  April 29, 2019

                  The journey to improve your industrial security posture may seem complex. Determine your target security posture with security assessments.

                  Unleash the Potential of Your Oil & Gas Operations

                  April 26, 2019

                  Get the most from your oil and gas equipment by building a strong analytics strategy that can be paired with the perfect information solution.

                  Digital Transformation of Mining

                  April 22, 2019

                  Technology is changing the way mining companies do business. Here are five tools you can easily bring online at your mine and quickly see tangible results.

                  E-learning: Make Time for Your Skills Development

                  April 19, 2019

                  Prioritizing continued learning and training is in your best interest as an employee. With e-learning, making time for professional growth is easy.

                  Meet Metal Production Challenges with MES Software

                  April 15, 2019

                  MES can help combat production challenges for metal producers by ensuring that the right product is delivered at the right time.

                  Things To Consider If You Mentor Interns

                  April 12, 2019

                  Internships can be a powerful learning and development tool. Or they can distance a learner from a field of study, company or industry. 3 tips for success.

                  AC Drives Lessen the Harm of Mechanical Resonance

                  April 10, 2019

                  Low-voltage AC drives with adaptive tuning can detect and easily mitigate mechanical-resonance issues, so your machines can run better and you can save more.

                  Keeping It Secure at Pharmaceutical CMOs

                  April 8, 2019

                  How to maintain a flexible supply chain – and mitigate cybersecurity risk – when manufacturing extends beyond your walls.

                  Get Organized with Alarm Management Dashboards

                  April 5, 2019

                  Learn how alarm management dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

                  Refinery Proves It’s Too Costly to Not Modernize

                  April 3, 2019

                  A large producer of zinc was facing costly unplanned downtime, exposing them to operational and financial risk. Learn how they overcame these challenges with a modern DCS.

                  Diversification: the Future of Irish Industry?

                  April 1, 2019

                  Looking beyond the pharmaceutical and food and beverages industries, where is the potential for rapid growth?

                  Emulate3D: Welcome to The Family!

                  April 1, 2019

                  The UK has always been a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit – as recent acquisitions show.