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Know the Difference Between IoT and M2M

Although the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications have remote device access in common, that’s about where the similarities end.
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Pay Little Attention to Those GDP Headlines

Though U.S. GDP fell significantly in the first quarter, the Institute for Trend Research views this more as expected slowdown rather than another recession.
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Help Wanted: Rebuilding the U.S. Manufacturing Skills Pipeline

Though U.S. manufacturing is on a steady path of growth, the threat from the skilled worker shorter could derail that. Here are some effective strategies to address the skill shortage.
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The Case is Never Closed on Automation Innovation

High performance PC-based controls and ultra fast industrial Ethernet unite to boost case packer machine functionality.
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Mixed Picture for Medium-Voltage Drives

Some industries and geographies are seeing considerable growth in MV drives, while others face decline. But expect 2014 to shift toward equilibrium.
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How Good Are Your Networks?

Consider not only your automation network that carries information between devices and control systems, but also your personal network that shares best practices and lessons learned.
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Relevant Costs: What Are They?

Knowing relevant costs would be extremely useful to manufacturing and other operating managers. How are relevant costs defined?
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A Starter’s Guide to Achieving Performance Excellence in Manufacturing

Optimizing and leveraging existing resources are key focuses for most businesses. An operational excellence strategy can be the difference between mediocrity and market leadership.
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Your Line Is Watching You

You’re co-packing drink mix stick-packs in sixteen different flavors.
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U.S. Economy Sees Continued Improvement

With borrowing costs still low and markets strengthening, businesses need to prepare for increasing activity going forward.
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