Workforce Development

Safety June 1, 2019

Specify performance, manage risk

The June issue of AppliedAutomation discusses specifying performance and the importance of alarm management and process safety.

By Jack Smith
The modern supply chain is a mix of traditional storage and retrieval and modern plant strategies to manage inventories. Courtesy: The Raymond Corporation
Maintenance Strategy May 13, 2019

The need for speed

In an accelerating supply chain, effective management of costs, people and data is becoming more crucial.

By Bob Vavra
Educational April 11, 2019

How wide is your door?

Manufacturers need to search far and wide to get people for the positions they are having trouble filling.

By Bob Vavra
Sweden, the 2019 Hannover Messe Partner Country, put on a cool and innovative cultural display during the Opening Ceremonies March 31. Courtesy: Hannover Messe
Automation April 1, 2019

Hannover Messe 2019, Day 1: Innovation challenged by human concerns

Supply chain leaders won’t link with digitalization; AI has human workers nervous.

By Bob Vavra
Adrian Lloyd, research director for industrial automation for Interact Analytics. Courtesy: Interact Analytics
Business of Engineering March 7, 2019

Brexit outcome has implications beyond Europe

Analyst sees looming issues for manufacturing beyond EU-Great Britain dispute.

By CFE Media
Average manufacturing salaries by region were up in 2018 compared to 2017, which has helped bolster general worker confidence in spite of uncertainties in the industry. Courtesy: CFE Media
Educational February 18, 2019

2018 Salary Survey: Juggling priorities in challenging times

Manufacturing opens 2019 juggling the challenges and opportunities facing the industry from global trade issues to an aging workforce to a changing plant floor.

By Bob Vavra
Engineering and project management are by far the two biggest skills needed for a successful manufacturing career. Courtesy: CFE Media
Educational February 18, 2019

2018 Salary Survey: Skilled worker shortage, challenges

Plant engineers are working long hours and are getting older as their role changes with the advent of robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). See highlights from the survey and links for additional information.

By Bob Vavra
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 13, 2019

The human factor of IoT in safety

Technology can be part of the ‘culture’ in plants

By Susie Cumberland
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Maintenance February 7, 2019

Supply chain security advice and guidelines

Supply chain security is crucial as data becomes more important to a company's success. Ten principles from the Charter of Trust and 17 baseline requirements for the supply chain are highlighted.

By Gregory Hale
Success in an asset management program requires that all stakeholders be working with the same data and the same processes. CFE Media file image
Asset Management February 5, 2019

Asset assessment: Take a proactive approach

Data-driven effort should focus on goals, not problems.

By Maria Menard