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UK and US Manufacturing – the same or different?

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

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

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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Industrial Ethernet adoption enables “Best-in-Class”, says Aberdeen Group

I really like it when a research firm goes out to do primary research. We can all pontificate about what customers want. We all have our own opinions and anecdotes.

But when Aberdeen Group wanted to find out about the current  Industrial Networking trends and directions and wanted to find out why manufacturers were converging  Corporate IT and Operational Technology (OT) networks, (and  what was the business case for it?) they went out and talked to real executives in real companies.

So,  Industrial Networking Building the Business Case for industrial Ethernet is a real-life look into what’s happening in the industry, and dares to compare industry leaders (“Best in Class”) with industry laggards.

“Manufacturing is an industry with complex operations, where the success of any organization lies in producing high quality products at lower costs at the right time. This requires companies to enable real-time visibility into operations at the plant floor as well as at the executive level to make intelligent decisions. Aberdeen’s surveyed over 150 executives to understand how industry leaders are taking advantage of industrial networking to enable real-time visibility into data to optimize production, maintenance, and safety.”

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