Manufacturing Mindset

Using automation to fill the skills gap and keep workers safe

Feb. 15, 2023
What we’re reading this week, including how network architecture can reduce the damage of cyberattacks.

To stay abreast of industry trends, we, the editors, read countless articles and editorials written by experts from across verticals. We're always learning more about the people, technologies, and events that are making waves in the manufacturing space, and we want to share this information with you. In this brief, we’ll cite our sources and highlight columns and features that can help improve uptime at your plant. 

Automation 

How to Proactively Protect Your Industrial Networks [New Equipment Digest]
The idea that cyberattacks only happen to large companies is completely outdated. Any business is at risk of targeted or untargeted attacks, especially in the manufacturing sector. This article explores how creating zone-basis industrial network architecture can reduce the damage of cyberattacks.

Management 

Supply-chain sustainability begins with a strong digital backbone [Smart Industry]
Supply-chain executives have had to overcome unprecedented issues since the beginning of the pandemic. This has forced many executives to delay planning for long-term goals, such as improved sustainability. This article outlines why supply-chain executives must prioritize a cleaner, greener supply chain before time runs out.

Planned Maintenance 

How to get your project approved [Processing]  
Getting management to sign off on a new project can be a daunting task. If you don’t have the financial information to support your project, your proposal, regardless of its merit, will probably fall on deaf ears. This article offers advice on how to collect and present the costs and benefits of your project.  

Safety and Security 

Improving Workplace Safety Through Warehouse Automation [EHS Today]
Working in a warehouse can be difficult, from on-the-job injuries like sprains and strains to hazards caused by machinery and falling boxes. It’s no wonder warehouses have a difficult time filling open positions. This article details how automation can be used to fill the gap and keep workers safe.

Technology 

Manufacturers Can Swoop in, Benefit from Tech-Industry Overreach [Industry Week]
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies are experiencing some hard times, with layoffs and diminishing valuations making headlines. In contrast, many manufacturing companies have been using this time to invest in digital transformation tech and building their own SaaS ecosystems. This article outlines what manufacturers can learn from the disruptions in the SaaS space and how they can turn this knowledge into profits. 

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