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How to Prevent the Skilled Worker Shortage From Slowing Manufacturing Momentum

Over the past decade, the manufacturing renaissance has been a driving force in the country’s economic recovery. And it makes sense — after all, every dollar spent in manufacturing returns $1.37 to the economy, and every 100 new manufacturing jobs creates an additional 250 jobs in other sectors. Yet even as the industry continues to […]

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Is Social Media & Content Marketing ‘Business as Usual’ for Industrial Automation?

In a previous post, I shared the results of a survey that found the industrial automation and control industry was behind the curve when it comes to digital marketing, website optimization and other current online marketing strategies. If you’ve worked as a marketer in the automation, control and manufacturing sectors during the evolution of the […]

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ISA Training and Education Programs for February

February education and training from ISA features the new, comprehensive cybersecurity program designed to help owners, operators and technical first-responders of critical plant infrastructure understand and protect vital control systems. ISA’s System Wide Awareness Training (S.W.A.T.) Camp will be held over four consecutive weeks during the month. Process automation professionals will learn how to safeguard […]

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Successful Outsourcing Depends on Understanding Your Culture

Most companies outsource some portion of their project or engineering service needs, because fewer and fewer are fully self-sufficient. Invariably a manufacturer has to decide which elements of the business are critical enough to require internal execution, against those either generic enough to pass to someone else or specialized to a degree that require outside […]

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Vibration Sensor Monitoring and Calibration Protects Vital Plant Machinery

Seismic velocity measurements provide ideal resolution at typical rotating equipment running speeds. Vibration is always transmitted through the bearings used on rotating equipment. It has been proven time and time again that measuring vibration on rotating equipment is the most universally effective predictive maintenance practice for critical pumps, motors, compressors, fans, cooling towers and rollers. […]

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ISA-88 Marries Plant-Floor Automation with MES Supervision

This first part in this blog series provided some explanation of MES and its symbiosis with ISA-88, and made the case for better integration between MES and plant-floor automation systems. This follow-up post will delve into more details about designing an automation system according to ISA-88 principles and the corresponding benefits to an MES implementation. […]

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10 Tools for Quick Content Manufacturing in 2016

In digital marketing, a lot of effort is rightfully spent on tracking click metrics, analyzing website visitor trends and assessing responses to marketing campaigns. To be sure, crunching the numbers to determine the ROI of your industrial company’s digital marketing program is important. And there certainly are plenty of applications to help you parse the […]

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How to Achieve Success in Your Automation Career

From primary education through graduate learning, workforce development is vital to our growth as a profession. ISA has formed a partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and the Automation Federation has developed the Automation Competency Model and is working with various learning institutions to develop automation-specific curriculum. With all of […]

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Using ISA-88 to Enhance MES Implementation

At its core, a manufacturing execution system (MES) is used for managing and monitoring work-in-progress activities and data for a manufacturing process. With particular emphasis on the execution part of the name, any corresponding narrative will naturally focus on real activities involved in the production process – including all information associated with the intent, methods […]

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January Education and Training Course Offerings from ISA

Start the new year with a jump on your automation industry skills with education and training programs from ISA. Featured program for the new year include Process Automation Boot Camp For Non-Maintenance Personnel (PABC), which has been developed for non-maintenance personnel with little or no background in the field of process measurements and control. The […]

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