Being proactive instead of reactive when it comes to data requires manufacturers to pull data from many places together in one visible location, writes Doug Fair, chief operating officer at InfinityQS International. "Notably, a quality intelligence solution enables quality and process improvement teams and plant floor operators to identify issues in real time and catch problems before they occur," he writes.
Protecting industrial control systems requires knowing whether your staffing, documentation and network understanding are adequate, among other considerations, writes Jaikumar Vijayan. One distinction to make is between IT security and control systems security, Vijayan writes.
Hosted and traditional virtual private networks each have advantages and can help firms maintain security while implementing industrial internet of things connections, writes Jonathan Griffith. Choosing the right one depends on the bandwidth required, how much IT expertise is needed and whether router configurations are consistent.
The industrial internet of things has several clear benefits, although most such projects today are only targeting operational efficiency, says consultant Bruce Sinclair. "What is important is to set business goals for your IoT device data and have a firm understanding of which decisions you want to make," adds Dave McCarthy of Bsquare.
Routine checks for facility problems make it easy for operators to identify and resolve issues before they occur, but all plants eventually require some upgrades or repairs. Facility surveys "should be done on a weekly basis, and daily if necessary, which would involve bacterial swabs to detect any growth," says Ronald Walden of Alston Construction.
Haas Automation, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing and Paintsville, Ky., have opened the East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute. The school will offer job training and education for computer numeric control machining centers through a 16-week program.
The top 25 truckload operators in the US saw revenue rise 5.4% in 2017 to almost $28 billion, according to a report from SJ Consulting Group. Less-than-truckload carriers in particular saw revenue increase due to higher rates and higher production and freight volumes.
A group of 45 trade associations is petitioning the Trump administration to stop planned tariffs on China, as the tariffs "would trigger a chain reaction of negative consequences for the US economy, provoking retaliation; stifling U.S. agriculture, goods and services exports; and raising costs for businesses and consumers." The letter encourages Trump to work with the business community and economic experts to develop solutions for China's protectionist practices.
A cyberattack on a petrochemical facility in August could have caused an explosion had it been properly executed, raising concern for the safety of industrial facilities in the US and elsewhere. "If attackers developed a technique against Schneider equipment in Saudi Arabia, they could very well deploy the same technique here in the United States," said James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Successful CEOs believe a vision should be rooted in an organization's principles but accommodate changes in the company and its markets, write Stanislav Shekshnia, Kirill Kravchenko and Elin Williams. CEOs should take every opportunity to express this vision and use it as a benchmark for rewarding employees and making decisions.