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Industrial Cybersecurity Expert: Not Enough Is Being Done

December 19, 2014 4:47 pm | by International Society Of Automation | News | Comments

Inadequate training and a culture of complacency among many owners and operators of critical infrastructure are significantly raising the risks of highly damaging cyberattack throughout the world. That’s the viewpoint expressed by Steve Mustard, an industrial cybersecurity subject-matter expert of the International Society of...

Using Big Data From The IoT To Predict Machine Failure

December 19, 2014 2:24 pm | by Aurimas Adomavicius | Articles | Comments

Leveraging Big Data to predict downtime on the manufacturing floor is something we’ve been...

Sony Hack Adds To Security Pressure On Companies

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide...

U.S. Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill To Confront Rising Risks Of Cyberattack

December 18, 2014 5:05 pm | by Automation Federation | News | Comments

The United States Congress earlier this week took an important step forward to better protect...

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6 Critical Considerations Before Moving APM Data To The Cloud

December 18, 2014 1:36 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

At LNS Research, we have spoken extensively in the past about the relevance of the Cloud to all aspects of manufacturing, including Asset Performance Management (APM). There is no denying that Cloud technology is radically transforming the way enterprises collect and analyze the...

Sony Cyberattack May Be Costliest Ever

December 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Bernard Condon, Eric Tucker, Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to...

The IoT Uplink: 90% Of Manufacturers Seeking IoT Solutions

December 18, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The IoT Uplink examines factors driving, influencing, and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space. In our last episode of 2014, we cover the latest developments impacting...

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2015 Manufacturing Outlook: Q&A With Cliff Waldman

December 17, 2014 4:18 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What will be the biggest trends manufacturing trends for 2015? Manufacturing.net sat down with Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation to discuss the U.S. economy, manufacturing technologies, and...

3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 3:59 pm | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | News | Comments

Typically when we think of big data, we think of large corporations that have the tools and resources to make sense of all their data. However, mid-market companies are beginning to explore how to leverage big data effectively, too. Like larger corporations, mid-market companies can experience many...

Speeding Time To Implement MES With A Configurable Approach

December 17, 2014 11:43 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Today, not only are many manufacturers across industries dealing with a greater number of operational challenges than in the past, but the rate at which those challenges need to be addressed is increasing as well. This is due to a number of factors like growing customer demands for a greater variety of...

Apple Wins Class-Action iPod Trial

December 16, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California has found in favor of Apple in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players. The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court rejected a claim by attorneys for consumers and iPod resellers, who argued that Apple's use of restrictive software...

Ford Hires Ex-GM Research Head To Analyze Big Data

December 15, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford has hired a former General Motors chief industry analyst to manage data collection and use it to help predict the future. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker on Monday announced that it has hired Paul Ballew, who most recently led global data operations at the Dun and Bradstreet analytics...

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7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 2:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

For manufacturers, as in many industries, digital technologies are creating new opportunities, but also new challenges. Social, mobile, analytics, and cloud solutions can streamline production and speed time to market, enabling manufacturers to better customize and connect products to consumers. But these same forces...

5 Tips For Remaining Discreet In The Digital World

December 12, 2014 9:54 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics | Articles | Comments

Today’s social media age has led consumers to embrace companies that are straightforward and explicit in all external communications. However, logistics companies that handle sensitive commodities must be savvy with their communication strategy in order to preserve customers’ privacy and security. Privacy...

5 Quick Questions: GE Sees Data Living On The Edge

December 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Trends abound, but perhaps none impact both the short and long-term prospects of manufacturing more than those related to data management and security. Manufacturing.net recent sat down with Rich Carpenter, Chief Technology Strategist for GE’s Intelligent Platforms Business, to discuss the...

GE Opens Predix Industrial Software Platform To SoftBank In First Licensing Deal

December 11, 2014 10:19 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The machines are talking, and the conversation is getting bigger and more complex. That’s why last October, GE said it would open to developers its new software platform for the Industrial Internet, called Predix. Today, the Japanese telecom giant and the country’s third largest mobile...

Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack Of Diversity

December 10, 2014 10:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 — finding ways to reverse a deep-rooted problem that isn't going to be as...

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

December 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 35.0 percent from September and down 6.2 percent when...

The Real Cost Of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 10:18 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

According to the National Safety Council, which hosted its annual Congress and Expo Sept. 13-19 in San Diego, workplace injuries and fatalities cost our economy $198.2 billion a year. You read that right, 198.2 BILLION dollars a year. That amount of money would allow every kid in America to go...

'Smart Guns' To Bring Transparency To Police Shootings

December 4, 2014 12:27 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired. The experimental technology is meant to protect police and provide detailed insight into officer involved...

5 Essential Needs Custom ETO Manufacturers Should Consider When Evaluating ERP Software

December 4, 2014 11:49 am | by Jean Magny | News | Comments

Custom engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers have unique process requirements throughout their manufacturing lifecycle. As manufacturers grow, the processes in place get more and more complex to handle with traditional forms of communication. The communication between...

The IoT Uplink: 90% Of IT Networks To Have IoT-Based Security Breach

December 4, 2014 11:37 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of The IoT Uplink examines IoT security tools, making better connections, and how improving standards will help improve IoT adoption rates.  We look specifically at Elliptic Technologies and the security hardware platform tRoot, SAP's new solutions for...

Reach the Next Level of Manufacturing Operational Performance with the Internet of Things

December 4, 2014 10:57 am | by ThingWorx, Harbor Research | Webinars

According to Michael Porter, Harvard Business School Professor, sustainable competitive advantage requires both the right strategic positioning and operational effectiveness. The Internet of Things provides companies with the opportunity to take advantage of both of these...

2015 Design For Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition Seeks Submissions

December 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by SME | News | Comments

SME’s annual Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition is calling for high school and college student designers to submit custom designs featuring additive manufacturing. The competition is sponsored by the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part...

Microsoft Shareholders Approve $84M CEO Pay

December 3, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft shareholders have approved an $84 billion pay package for new CEO Satya Nadella, despite concerns raised by an investor advisory group. The tech giant has seen strong financial performance and its stock is up roughly 30 percent for the year. But the advisory...

Develop Design, Implementation Guide For Deploying Wireless Enterprise Equipment

December 3, 2014 10:18 am | by Rockwell Automation & Cisco | News | Comments

At the 2014 Automation Fair event, Rockwell Automation and Cisco announced the release of a white paper and design and implementation guide titled, “Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture.” The detailed design guidance will...

Report Reflects Trends In Small Business Manufacturing Software

December 2, 2014 1:31 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This past month, manufacturing technology review firm Software Advice released its 2014 Small Business Manufacturing Software BuyerView report. The report reveals major trends and analyzes buyer motivation. Some of the key findings include: prospective buyers tend...

Pack Expo Top 10

December 2, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo.  We look at the expressive robot Baxter, fog computing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Parker Automation's SCOUT, Honeywell's wearable Dolphin, Dorner's SmartPace Conveyor, food safety reforms, the...

Girl Scouts Byting Into Digital For Cookie Sales

December 1, 2014 12:47 pm | by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies. For the first time since sales began nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites. But only if their scout councils...

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