ISA perspective on the convergence of IT and manufacturing
ISA InTech editor Gregory Hale said about the convergence of manufacturing and IT: “Bringing the two together is like a Wilfred Brimley oatmeal commercial: ‘It’s the right thing to do.’ It is also inevitable.” Find out what else Hale had to say.
If the company is running well, and good things are happening, then “we” did it. But if the news is not so good, it’s likely “they” did it. The classic silos of technology %%MDASSML%% IT versus manufacturing %%MDASSML%% still exist in industry. However World-Class organizations are learning how to leverage the convergence of these empires.
ISA InTech editor Gregory Hale tackled this timely topic in his editorial the July 2008 issue. His commentary emphasizes the need for both sides to cooperate, communicate and collaborate. Not only do both “sides” win, but the impact of their combined (as in working together) efforts could benefit the enterprise beyond individual departmental levels.
Read the full text of “IT, engineers: A match made in automation.”
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey