Optimization Panelists Light Path to Manufacturing Revival
Because economic dangers seem to loom around every corner, it's good to have a few experienced guides to help us avoid them. Luckily, a tailor-made squad of broad shoulders to stand on showed up in Chicago this week at the Rockwell Automation Manufacturing Perspectives media event, just before the opening of the company's 20th annual Automation Fair. The panel's theme was "Optimized Plant and Supply Networks: The Next Frontier," and was moderated by John Nesi, vice president for market development at Rockwell Automation. "The four main keys to successful manufacturing today are keeping the pipeline of innovations open and viable, managing rapidly diversifying markets and workforces, maintaining efficiency and improving production, and keeping up on sustainability," reported Nesi.
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Where Will Manufacturers Find Tomorrow’s Workers?
Manufacturing is the key driver to U.S. economic prosperity, according to Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a non-partisan think tank for advancing technological innovation and productivity. But will manufacturing be the savior for the U.S. job market? No, says Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Atkinson and Strauss both gave keynote presentations Tuesday morning at Manufacturing Perspectives, a forum for the industrial press corps at Rockwell Automation's Automation Fair this week in Chicago.
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Safety Has Different Tactics, But Identical Goals
No matter what market your company serves, the keys to successful safety programs are pretty much the same, even if the scope, complicating factors and elements of implementation are widely different. The Tuesday morning general session presentations at Rockwell Automation's Safety Automation Forum by health and safety leaders of L'Oreal's Little Rock, Ark., facility; PepsiCo and General Motors, made that pretty clear.
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November 15, 2011
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