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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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Radwell Breaks Record in their 5th Annual Food Drive

Radwell International has broken existing records helping to collect a huge amount of food, drink and non-perishable items to donate to Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem as they continue their 5th annual Food Drive for those who need it the most during the festive season.

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Radwell's 5th Annual Toy Drive supporting The Salvation Army

Radwell International Ltd, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire have donated over 120 toys to The Salvation Army as part of their annual Toy Drive. Their workforce have been donating toys during the festive season with the aim of supporting the charity and helping children who may not normally receive a present. Radwell have supported The Salvation Army for the last 5 years with the belief that a small gift doesn't have to cost the earth but can mean the world to a child on Christmas Day.

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Radwell International Celebrates Hattrick of Prestigious Industry Awards

A Newcastle-under-Lyme supplier of industrial automation solutions has been awarded International Shipper of the Year at the Logistics UK awards for the third year running.

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Implementing Machine Learning in Shipping

In the consumer-centric and demanding service standards of today’s world, it is no surprise that technology has evolved to be able to optimize everything from manufacturing to delivery of goods. In the logistics and inventory industry, for example, next-day and even same-day arrival of goods are becoming commonplace. Through innovative developments and advanced industrial automation in supply chain processes, shipping times have been greatly reduced, with an efficiency that a mere few years ago was unimaginable.

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Tips for Continuous Improvement Strategies in Lean Manufacturing

Manufacturers continually invest time, money and other resources into research and development. They are also working innovators ready to introduce or embrace new technologies and other developments that support their goal of improving productivity and saving on costs.

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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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How Robotic Process Automation helps Digitally Transform Businesses

Robotic process automation (RPA) can help drive business transformation forward, but only if it is implemented correctly.

Many manufacturing industries have had to reconsider their infrastructure, processes and workforces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With additional pressures to meet increased customer demand while restricted by social distancing measures, many organizations are turning to technology for a solution.

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