Manufacturing 2020

Nuclear vs Solar and Wind. Which Is Better? Should We Pursue Both?

The following email exchange has been zipping through the electrons here at Control. The commenter and the responders all raise good points. I thought I'd open the subject up for further responses.

Safety Function Blocks

Are you comfortable using advanced safety logic that is embedded in a safety system? Having pre-engineered MooN or CEM function blocks can save engineering and testing time, but deviates from the traditional code-intensive approach. If the supplier is IEC 61508 certified, do you have confidence that the advanced safety function...

Back to the Future - Process Visualisation

Way back when a control room consisted of row upon row of ink-and-pen chart recorders and dials on panels in the walls. An experienced operator just needed to stand in the middle of the room and spin through 360 degrees to get a feel for what was happening (they did...

When and Why Should We Use a Wireless Transmitter System vs. Hardwired? When Should We Not Use a Wireless System?

This post originally appeared in "The Process Automation Usability Project" forum. It was posted by the user ctruempi.

Malware Attack on RasGAs in the Middle East

Qatar-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer RasGas reported in early September that malware shut down part of its computer system. This was the latest cybersecurity attack in the Middle East region after the attack on the computer network of a state owned oil producer in Saudi Arabia.

Manufacturing Jobs on American Soil. As Easy as Hitting the Print Button

Interesting video on how two start-up companies here in the United States are creating jobs in our neighborhoods. These companies use innovative ideas they gather from their global social media communities to bring a product concept to life.

How Can We End America's Manufacturing Skills Deficiency?

Between 2001 and 2009, the United states lost 6 million manufacturing jobs, however, since then, there has been a slow but growing economic recovery proving that American manufacturing is not a thing of the past. Today, U.S.

Women in Manufacturing

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, about a third of all manufacturing workers today are women. Manufacturing jobs today are far from the labor-intense jobs they were in previous years. Today, the manufacturing field is a high-tech one that requires a lot of attention to detail.

Better Robots to Replace Skilled Workers

New and improve robots can replace skilled workers around the world in both manufacturing and distributions jobs. Right now, many corporations and electronic giants in America and worldwide, outsource low-skilled workers to contries where labor costs come out cheap.

Smart Manufacturing Jobs Pay and Pay Well

The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies reports that as of 2009, there were over 3,700 smart manufacturing/high technology (SMHT) companies in New Hampshire, employing almost 80,000 people, and paying an average wage of more than $1,200 per week.