Avoiding IIoT implementations postpones the inevitable | Studies: Maintenance workers, companies benefit from mobility | Maintenance field a nearly sure bet for solid jobs
September 19, 2017
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Avoiding IIoT implementations postpones the inevitable
Companies that fear the complexity of industrial internet of things applications should realize that IIoT installations ultimately improve security, Stan Schneider of Real-Time Innovations writes. The Data Distribution Service standard creates a situation in which "[s]ecurity works seamlessly without clouding data transparency," he writes.
TechTarget (free registration) (9/13) 
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Studies: Maintenance workers, companies benefit from mobility
Incorporating mobility into industrial maintenance is particularly important for "field service, depot repair, warranty work, maintenance, repair and overhaul, and other processes associated with aftermarket service," notes a report by IFS. The report also states that 40% of organizations don't have mobile computerized maintenance-management systems.
Plant Services online (9/13) 
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Maintenance field a nearly sure bet for solid jobs
Industrial maintenance graduates of technical colleges in the Madison, Wis., area are having no problem finding jobs. The field is booming, and those who take advantage of the market find that their education and a little problem-solving ingenuity pay off in the form of good wages and engaging, non-repetitive work.
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (9/9) 
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Technology & Trends
T-Mobile introduces SyncUP FLEET tracking device
T-Mobile has introduced the low-cost SyncUP FLEET tracking device, which will allow monitoring of an unlimited number of vehicles and help small businesses increase driver efficiency, better track vehicle maintenance and reduce fuel consumption. The device costs $72 with a $15 monthly service fee.
Small Business Trends (9/12) 
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Factories can become smarter using existing systems
Technology helps manufacturers improve productivity and reduce expenses, but you can also realize gains with software already in place, writes Matthew Wells of GE Digital. He describes a GE Transportation facility's increasing recovered capacity by 20% through a combination of sensors and manufacturing executions systems analysis.
Plant Services online (9/12) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
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Leadership & Management
Hire outside your industry to bring in fresh ideas
Hire outside your industry to bring in fresh ideas
New ideas are highly valuable, so it may make sense to hire people from outside your industry, writes Brian Scudamore, CEO of O2E Brands. Hire candidates who care about leadership and the customer experience, and search for people who can offer new perspectives on the problems your company faces.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (9/13) 
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