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Memorial Day – a time to remember

May 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm PST

War is bad. No to ways about it. People die. That’s why we have Memorial Day in the USA. But we know that it happens. We honor our dead. Most nations know this, and many have ways of remembering. And so we should. It’s the ultimate sacrifice. They died so we could live. It was Winston Churchill who said, after the British had survived the onslaught of the Luftwaffe in 1940:

“The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

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UK and US Manufacturing – the same or different?

May 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm PST

Since I was brought up in England and worked for three American Hi-Tech Companies in the UK, I was intrigued by the latest report to come out of the Centre for Industry and Government at the University of Cambridge titled Public perceptions of manufacturing and efforts to rebalance the UK economy“.

In fact I’m grateful to the folks at Automation World for bringing it to my attention. Automation World is a good source of industry insight (readers might remember the article I contributed about the use of Social Media in Manufacturing, which I blogged about in January of this year:  How Social Media Improves Collaboration – Automation World, November 2011, and how they awarded Cisco ‘First Team Honors’ which you can read more about in the blog: Automation World First Team Honors Won by Cisco Systems for Leadership in Networking.

So, back to the point of this blog. The folks at the Cambridge Centre, lead by Dr. Finbarr Livesey, Director, Centre for Industry and Government IfM, University of Cambridge, come up with some interesting perceptions concerning the UK. Nearly 1,500 respondents suggests that manufacturing has become more High Tech and they believe that there is a strong requirement for more highly skilled workers.

There’s the rub. Read More »

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The Mobile Industrial Worker: Control Engineering Magazine Cover Story by Cisco

May 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm PST

If you’re looking for some great insight and thought leadership from Cisco on the “Wireless Mobile Worker” and the mobile industrial worker, look no further than the March 2012 Issue of Control Engineering Magazine (available from April digitally -- click below).

The digital and print versions talk about the trends going on right now -- lack of expertise, reticence  of the ‘millennium generation’ to study subjects and gain skills that manufacturers need, and how all sorts of devices are coming onto the plant floor and carpeted areas to help workers do their jobs more efficiently. Read More »

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Welcome David Bell, Industry Solutions Consultant, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

May 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm PST

A very warm welcome to David Bell, Industry Solutions Consultant Architect, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog!

David is a Cisco Consulting Solutions Architect, and has a wealth of experience with a  number of industries: he works in a global consultancy role at Cisco working closely with customers to deliver innovative industrial networking solutions. David has extensive experience in Manufacturing, Utilities, Mining and Transportation industries. Read More »

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Getting Connected

The world of transportation is rapidly changing, which is in turn driving rapid change in the world of manufacturing. Transportation products of all kinds have had connectivity in some form for many years however; the connectivity was confusing, unreliable and often deficient in adequate bandwidth and technology to sustain a continuous stream of interactions between equipment and operation centers.  New means of M2M have emerged out of necessity, which have broadened the ecosystem of participants to include tech companies, service providers, and others. Read More »

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