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Network security can be a lot like safety; too much and your production may suffer, too little and you leave yourself exposed to cyber-attacks. There needs to be a balance between maintaining high overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and mean time to repair (MTTR) levels with network protection.

Why do failures happen at 2 AM? I wish I could answer because I do understand the challenges that happen when a production line has a failure in the middle of the night. I’ve lived it. Having a support solution in place is a tremendous asset. But unless you get it right, issues can still arise.

Traditional pneumatic and hydraulic actuators are common in automation. However, they have several hidden costs that make these solutions expensive over their usable life. Electric-powered linear actuators offer significant efficiency, simplicity, and design advantages and long-term cost savings.

March is Ladder Safety Month! So, it’s a good time to look at ladder safety at your company. Many workplace accidents involve falls from ladders. And all these falls could and should have been prevented. Here are a few tips based on OSHA regulations that must be followed.

Keeping your workforce up to speed with ever-changing automation technology is a daunting task for manufacturers. Luckily, there are training providers who offer a variety of training solutions that can help companies balance training with productivity, accommodating schedules and learning styles.

There is a misconception that only large companies can afford to automate. In my opinion, small and midsize companies can’t afford not to. Automation isn’t one thing, and it does not have to encompass everything or be a big, disruptive project. It’s ok to start small and grow into automation.