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Cybersecurity March 26, 2020

Five tips to stay cyber secure when working remotely

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely to avoid getting sick. Consider these five tips to make sure your cyber hygiene is as strong as your physical hygiene.

By Rishbha Bhagi
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology COVID-19 engineering impact survey, March 12-17
Research March 19, 2020

Poll results: Coronavirus, COVID-19 impact on engineers and industry

Coronavirus impact data was collected from March 12 to 17 from visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites. Half of respondents’ business have negative effects; half have supply chain problems. Results cover impact on business, company responses, travel, future outlook, government strategies and other topics.

By Mark T. Hoske
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Discrete Manufacturing March 17, 2020

Coronavirus reveals weaknesses, potential opportunities in supply chain

Even in the wake of COVID-19 (coronavirus), manufacturers still need human workers to manage the supply chain. The need for more automation and information is an opportunity for manufacturers.

By ABI Research
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Maintenance March 11, 2020

An evolutionary challenge faces the maintenance function

It involves a mix of people and technology concerns, each one feeding off the other

By Kevin Parker
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Maintenance Strategy March 8, 2020

Increase profits by recycling metalworking fluids

Leaders in the metalworking and metal forming industries understand fluid recycling can have a positive effect on their bottom line

By Darrell Milton and Ronald Wendt
Figure 3: As a trusted advisor, you should on the lookout for the customer and help them see what their control system will be or could be in the future. Courtesy: Applied Control Engineering Inc.
System Integrators January 9, 2020

Fostering long-term relationships in the system integration industry

It may take more effort to build a long-term relationship, but it pays off in the long run as the customer views the integrator as a trusted advisor and part of the team.

By Ian Burns
System Integrators January 8, 2020

System integrator relationships key to manufacturers’ competitive advantage

There are many reasons why it’s better to have a deeper, strategic partnership with an integrator that goes beyond an individual project; here are a few.

By Greg Young
A successful approach to attracting, recruiting, training and retaining excellent engineering talent has many moving parts. Courtesy: Malisko Engineering
System Integrators January 7, 2020

Attracting and retaining top talent in the system integration industry

System integrator offers a successful approach to attracting, recruiting, training and retaining excellent engineering talent.

By Mary Bergjans
Figure 1: System integrators cover a very broad a diverse set of functions, creating the opportunity for specialization. A common denominator is PLC and SCADA programming, which is a function done by the vast majority of SIs. Courtesy: Control System Integrator Association (CSIA)
System Integration December 18, 2019

System integration in the digital age: Why you need it and how to get the best

System integration has been going on for decades, and it is likely to continue; companies and integrators need to adapt as end users turn to their internal engineering departments.

By Jose M. Rivera and Lisa Richter
Bill Keen is founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors. Courtesy: Keen Wealth Advisors
Educational December 7, 2019

Three-step retirement plan for engineers

Career Update: A three-step plan can help engineers begin engineering retirement planning with a checklist, looking at employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) details, anticipated spending, choosing a date and revisions over time.

By Bill Keen