Automation System: Risk and Reward
Today’s automation systems are a hybrid of mission-specific control technologies and Windows-based open systems. This open architecture offers possibilities in terms of system configurations and application software; however, it presents some risks as well.
Incompatibility of disparate applications running on the same platform, mismanagement of user privileges, and other security risks threaten the reliability and security of these systems.
While automation professionals understand how to manage the configuration of the automation systems themselves, they don’t understand how to manage the underlying infrastructure.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.