Steady Job Growth Continues in The Manufacturing Industry

Posted on August 9th, 2018
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Slow, yet steady, may be the manufacturing industry’s most-consistent mantra. Reinforcement comes from the newest Employment Situation Summary that showed another drop in the unemployment rate, down to 3.8 percent as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although most of the growth is coming from the health care, retail trade and construction industries, the manufacturing industry is also retaining a level of stable growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industry added 18,000 jobs during the month of May. Most this growth comes from the durable goods sector, goods that are not for immediate consumption. Durable goods can be kept for a period, and many of the items piggyback on a growing consumer desire for products that are produced in the U.S. Machinery also accounts for manufacturing’s improved numbers with an increase of 6,000…

Addressing Cyber-Security in the Manufacturing Industry

Posted on July 13th, 2018
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As consumers, we’ve become accustomed to attacks on cyber-security in the form of data breaches. With 1,579 data breaches reported in 2017, the propensity for such threats continues to grow. Similar concerns also extend to the machines used on the shop floor of a manufacturing plant. Increasingly “smart” machines, which are connected to the internet, mean maintenance practices now require a new level of technical expertise and a heightened level of security for Operational Technology (OT) networks. Preventing OT Attacks Throughout the manufacturing floor, OT networks are designed to work together. The integrated system of networks includes industrial control and supervisory control and data acquisition systems. Such linked systems were once designed to stand alone with no additional outside protection needed, but connections to corporate networks for the communication of data mean these systems now handle real-time information and with…