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Focus on People to Maximise Plant Efficiency

Balancing people and technology to optimise plant operations.

In its relentless march toward end-to-end automation, technology has continually up-ended the boundaries between man and machine in industrial enterprises. With recent advances in artificial intelligence supported by endless computing resources in the cloud, we must now ask ourselves, “how much longer will we need people directly involved in manufacturing?”

The fact is, we will always have people involved in process manufacturing plants. So perhaps the better approach is to look for ways to create an environment where we are able to balance the best attributes of people and technology to assure optimisation of communication, safety and production. This article will explore new roles within an organisation and how technology, created to support critical human factors, will help people and machines collaborate to provide the breakthrough advances in productivity that society needs in the decades to come.

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The Role of Collaborative Robots in Low-Volume Production

Low-variation and high-volume production characterised by repetitive tasks has been the traditional model in manufacturing. With the introduction of industrial robots, human workers were freed from routine, mundane and high-risk tasks. The decrease in the reliance on human labour also increased productivity, efficiency and production costs.

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Six Steps to an Effective Cybersecurity Plan

Physical security, cybersecurity education, IT/OT separation and outsourcing when necessary are crucial to effective cybersecurity.

A Wall Street Journal article discusses a new set of attacks on electrical distribution providers. These attacks have targeted providers too small to be NERC regulated but may serve a critical infrastructure such as dams or military bases. All but one of the entities that were named in the article says the phishing e-mails were blocked by malicious content filters and were never an issue for them. However, one facility chose not to comment.

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3 Things Manufacturers Don’t Know About AI

Most people's ideas concerning artificial intelligence or AI stem from science fiction and some vague notions about smart technology.

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Radwell International Ltd Celebrate their 10 Year Anniversary

The UK branch of the global manufacturing and factory automation specialist Radwell International opened their doors on 10th March 2011 and now 10 years later they reflect on their successes and challenges.

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Matching the Right Drive to Your Motor

Getting the best out of your operations means doing more than simply connecting a motor to a piece of electrical equipment. You will also need a drive to act as an intermediary, moderating the flow of power from the motor to the equipment and supporting safer, more efficient results.

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Manufacturer Resolutions for 2021 in the Wake of COVID-19

Like any crisis, the height of the COVID-19 pandemic taught everyone that nothing and no one is ever prepared for a global pandemic – including the manufacturing sector.

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Redefining the Boundaries of Automation

Production challenges do not wait on IT developments, and getting to the root of a problem does not always have to be rocket science.

Modern automation systems go beyond the confines of the physical machines on the factory floor. According to Deloitte Insights, smart factories can not only operate within the four walls of a factory but can also connect to a global network of similar production systems, and even to the digital supply network.

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Why You Need to Invest in Robotic Automation Today

Intelligent automation is increasingly being applied in businesses; don’t get left behind

Robotic automation, also known as robotisation, involves the automation of manufacturing and other business processes through the use of robots in different forms. Industrial robots, for example, are used in manufacturing, taking over tasks normally associated with or performed by a human being. These include tasks such as welding, shipping, assembly line work, materials handling, and product packaging. Software robots are also part of robotic automation, in that they are created to render generic automation capability, and are configured to perform manual, repetitive tasks as exemplified by the chatbots people encounter the first time they visit a website.

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3 Ways Industry 4.0 Will Change Engineering

How breakthroughs in additive manufacturing, new computational models and sensors are transforming the profession.

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