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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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.