“Creative” Control Solutions: Slam Dunk or Risky Scheme?

One of the things we love at Revere is having the chance to come up with creative solutions for our customers. Unfortunately, when it comes to automation and control systems integration, some people view creative solutions as a “risky scheme”. This feeling is understandable, because above all else, a business needs their equipment up and…

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The Year Behind and Ahead

This is the time of year when everyone is either looking back at the year ending or looking ahead to see (predict) what’s coming. As Yogi Berra is attributed for saying, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” But it seems like in our business, the two are much the same. The issues that seem…

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Grow Your Own Work Force

As we have spoken about numerous times, the labor market is very tight. Industries across the full spectrum report the number of unfilled positions to be in the tens of thousands. And the situation is projected to not be getting any better. “MIT Technology Review” projects that of the 4.6 million new jobs expected to…

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Three Ways to Maximize Value in Your Automation Project

by Andrew Green, Business Development Manager Intro Every successful project requires the right combination of qualified personnel, tools, and the job scope itself. This is true for projects in any business, even down to seemingly miniscule tasks around the house. No one wants to have an electrician using carpenter’s tools to fix plumbing problems. Without…

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The Buyer’s Brain: A Peek Inside

Editor’s Note: Hinge Marketing is a research-based marketing firm focused entirely on the realm of professional services. Since 2009, they have been conducting research involving the buyers and sellers of professional services, with the latest round reaching more than 1,400 buyers of professional services. The last version of their e-book “Inside the Buyer’s Brain” provides…

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Cyber Security: An Update

If you read trade journals, any trade journals, you’ve seen articles and reports about network security. It is the most common subject observed across multiple industries. From “Chemical Engineering” to “Plant Services”, everyone it seems is talking about network security, its dangers, and ways to combat it. Even a local law firm has done a series of…

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Risk Mitigation: Issues and Strategies

It’s been a while since we discussed the very important issue of risk mitigation as it pertains to control system projects, so let’s review our previous post and provide some updates. Strategy We all recognize that major automation and control systems projects have inherent risks and associated consequences. The degree of risk and the negative…

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Combatting the Tight Labor Market

Previous blog posts, as well as LinkedIn posts, have addressed different aspects of the current labor shortage being experienced in many industries, manufacturing included. We’ve addressed hiring millennials and workforce retention as two working strategies. Another approach is to develop your own work force through apprenticeships and similar programs.  Apprenticeships Apprenticeships have been with us since the latter half…

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CSIA: Building Better Integrators

We have been strong supporters of CSIA’s (Control System Integrators Association) certification program since even before we received our first certification in 2002. In a January 2018 post, we wrote about the process and the benefits we believe result from CSIA certification. But certification is only one way that CSIA is working to make control system…

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Employee Retention: It Matters

by Molly Smith, Recruiter Nothing is more satisfying than hiring and retaining the best-of-the-best employees. The simple fact is, it has become more critical than ever to maintain your dream team, and companies are falling behind due to the loss of superstar talent. Worker willingness to change jobs is at a 17-year high (see “Help…

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