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The Manufacturing Industry Continues to Grapple with the Skills Gap

Posted on January 16th, 2019
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Since 2009, the manufacturing industry has grappled with the problem of the skills gap, an issue growing a little bit bigger each year. For a while, industry proponents have hypothesized how it will deal with changes that will continue to intensify over time. 2018 was no exception with the what some dubbed the “Silver Tsunami”. The retirement of a growing number of Baby Boomers across the industry. The Silver Tsunami equated to approximately 391,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs unfilled in the first quarter of 2018. Frequently, those looking to solve the problem propose to mend the gap through the implementation of a robust apprenticeship system and trade school options. Proponents argue these measures could also improve long-standing issues of unemployment or underemployment for high school graduates (3.9 percent) and college dropouts (2.1 percent), numbers reported by the DOL in Sept. 2018….

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…