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The Challenges of Attracting Millennials to Industrial Careers

There has been considerable discussion of late about the mass retirements of baby boomers from the industrial workforce and the lack of appropriate talent to fill the gap. Many baby boomers believe that the younger generation—the millennial generation—is not up to the task and that young people have no interest in taking on the challenges. […]

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How to Become a Small Business Defense Contractor

Although it may at first seem intimidating, careful preparation can pay off when you have access to the huge defense market. Market forces like reshoring, an aging workforce, and greater requirements for sustainability continue to drive demands for manufacturing automation. This is just as true for military as it is for commercial organizations. It is […]

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Why the Life Sciences Need Robotics

Three megatrends are rapidly changing the landscape of robotics and automation in the laboratory and the life science industry from both a technical and a commercial perspective. Each of these trends stands alone in having a significant impact on the industry, but their interaction is influencing design methods and componentry, as well as the expectations […]

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How to Use Real-Time Analytics to Achieve Operational Excellence

Editor’s Note: OEE is one aspect of analytics that has proven powerful in industry. There are a wide range of new and powerful tools making it easier to implement analysis in process and discrete applications that InTech will continue to cover. Industry understands the need for more analysis. For example, the FDA-industry initiative known as […]

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Modern DCS Graphics: Level 1 Overview Displays

Editor’s Note: ANSI/ISA-18.2-2009, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries and ISA-101, Human-Machine Interfaces are valuable standards for users designing level 1 displays. Level 1 display design cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach. What may work for operators at one company may not work for others somewhere else. The challenge is to find the balance […]

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How to Improve Industrial Productivity with Loop Calibration

The typical approach to calibration has been to regularly test instrumentation that affects successful control, safe operation, quality, or other relevant criteria. In most cases, scheduling is conservative, and methods at a particular site have evolved over time. Instrument technicians follow practices that were set up many years ago. It is not uncommon to hear, […]

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What Is the Next Generation of Process Automation Wireless Technology?

Wireless technology is an essential business enabler for the automation world. It has gained rapid acceptance in many industrial sectors because of its cost effectiveness, reliability, fast deployment, and flexibility. Over the past four decades, ultrahigh frequency (UHF) radios have been widely used for long-range supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) connectivity in the oil […]

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Automation Competency Model Helps Guide Future Technical Workforce

In 2007, the Automation Federation (AF) delegation told an audience at the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) about the people practicing automation careers in industry. Not long before our visit, the ETA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), had worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a “competency […]

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Industrial Pervasive Sensing Reduces Costs and Prevents Downtime

There has never been a greater need for plant reliability and energy efficiency. Both depend upon actionable information: plant operators need to know what is happening everywhere in the plant, often in close to real time. This was seldom done in the past, mainly for cost reasons. However, the availability of innovative sensors (many of […]

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