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The SCADA Development Community: A Prime Place for Collaboration

The applications that underpin successful automation rarely prove overtly simple. However, a new open source movement has increased the accessibility of one key automation component: SCADA. These hubs for SCADA development help link resources to developers, allowing organizations to bypass some economic and start-up hurdles.  Open Source in Automation Open source’s headway in the technological…

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Automating Your Systems? Don’t Forget About Safety

It’s no secret that automation’s inroads into the manufacturing sector continue to see growth. These spikes in automation’s presence provide ample opportunity for increased productivity—but also pose a new set of risks in the workplace. System automation compels  your industries’ safety concerns to come to the forefront.  Evaluate Your Risks As you may know, a…

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Upgrading Your Control Systems Without a Lot of Downtime

Just like any piece of equipment in your facility, control systems age. Over time they grow outdated, in turn growing more and more expensive to maintain—and causing more disruptions to your operations. If this is true for your system, you’re probably nodding your head right now. If you know that you need an upgrade but…

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Keeping Your Control Systems and Your Data Secure

More and more, manufacturers are discovering the many benefits of expanding their digital networks—but that can’t be effectively done without addressing the growing cybersecurity threats that come with it.  Cybersecurity Threats in Light of COVID-19 Manufacturing operations are facing a wide variety of different cyber threats today. The latest? The theft of intellectual property, and…

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The Power of Data-Driven Productivity

Automation is about a lot more than just advancing technology—it’s about helping companies achieve operational goals that align with their business strategies. Keep reading for more information about how implementing automation can boost productivity and business growth.  Decisions Based on Data Once you’ve reviewed your business’s strategies, you need to find the data to support…

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Essentials of a Connected Manufacturing Strategy

Our world is always changing—both for our personal lives, and our professional lives. The number of connected devices is steadily on the rise, while the cost of technology is steadily decreasing. We have a steady stream of information coming at us all the time, allowing us to stay connected to pretty much whatever or whoever…

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Now Is the Ideal Time to Automate Your Production—Here’s Why

Many in the manufacturing sector are dealing with uncertain futures in the wake of COVID-19. The pandemic has done a number on a wide variety of industries. The manufacturing industry has been hit especially hard with supply chain disruptions and unexpected shifts in demand.  If the uncertainty you’re facing is based on if your facility…

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COVID-19 Has Proven the Importance of Manufacturing Automation Software

Two recent projects with life-saving demand have demonstrated the benefits of digital manufacturing, and its ability to turn incredible ideas into real-world products—not only at the necessary scale, but in the necessary timeframe.  Zverse Facemasks The first project: a facemask designed by Zverse. Both of these projects relied on CNC (computer numerical control) machining, injection…

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Humans and Robots: An Automation Dream Team

The Growing Trend of RaaS There are a lot of things working to reshape the traditional manufacturing business model, including rising labor shortages, competitive global markets, and automation. Users are looking for flexible automation applications that would allow them to dip their toes in the water, but most small or mid-sized manufacturers can’t afford a…

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