April 20, 2021
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Ford is using digital tools at its headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., to ensure "workers in the office and at home feel equally connected to the workplace," says Maru Flores, head of global collaboration and client productivity services. The automaker plans to use ambient sensors, videoconferencing carts, a check-in app and other software to monitor activity and assist employees.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (4/13) 
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Asset managers are poised to pick up the pace of innovation, having embraced technology to survive the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from Apex Group. It is clear asset managers must "increase the digital enablement of their processes not only to maintain operations, but also to better meet client needs", the report states.
Full Story: Global Investor (subscription required) (4/15) 
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Siemens will upgrade its factory automation efforts through data collected by Google Cloud and Google's artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Manufacturers are predicted to gain from their use of Siemens' Digital Industries Factory Automation offerings.
Full Story: Electronics Weekly (UK) (4/19) 
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Almost 60 percent of chemical manufacturers are concerned about obsolescence with process control and automation systems, while more than 70% are worried about losing support for control software. That said, chemical respondents were more confident than oil and gas counterparts about having the in-house resources to make systems and software migrations.
Full Story: Plant Engineering (4/20) 
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Guy Kirkwood writes that hyperautomation, or leveraging tech to deliver end-to-end automation, can aid workers and improve productivity for manufacturers if companies gain buy-in to drive the success of the project. Upskilling workers will be essential in supporting these new technologies, Kirkwood writes.
Full Story: Plant Engineering (4/13) 
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Researchers are looking into how artificial intelligence can use wearable camera data to help exoskeletons act without as much human input. The aim is "to automate motion," says Edgar Lobaton, a researcher at North Carolina State University.
Full Story: IEEE Spectrum online (4/12) 
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Industrial fans can be retrofitted to improve operating temperatures, cut maintenance expenses and prolong machine life. In this article, John Terry details how assessments, bearing improvements, tapered bushings and other steps can be taken to modernize existing fans.
Full Story: Engineered Systems (4/13) 
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Leadership & Management
Fabricators shouldn't feel they have to choose between lean manufacturing tools or advanced technology and automation, as they each can help improve operations and reduce dependence on labor. This article examines how lean and technology work together while advising on how to make smart tech investments.
Full Story: The Fabricator online (4/15) 
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SMRP is accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year! Five scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, are available to students pursuing coursework related to maintenance, reliability and physical asset management. Eligibility requirements vary for each scholarship, but students do not need to be members of SMRP to qualify. Applications are open online until June 4. Visit here to learn more!
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On May 24 at 1 p.m. ET, document management expert Martin Chalif will present a live webinar about improving your company's efficiency with a maintenance, facilities and asset management system. Paperless maintenance and facilities management is proven to save time and money associated with maintenance, spare parts inventory, failure response and more. This webinar is FREE for SMRP members and $35 for non-members. Register now and encourage your colleagues to join, too!
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