Most manufacturers see investments in factory connectivity not just as a means of cutting costs, but as a way to increase revenue. In fact, respondents to the Annual Manufacturing Report 2017 anticipate additional revenues of £775,000 over the next 12 months because of their investments in connectivity. Lee Sullivan, regional manager of industrial automation software […]

New IIoT- and cloud-enabled digital tools and services give petroleum refiners new avenues to increase profitability and safety, but also require greater attention to cybersecurity By Scott Jenkins While several forces are creating conditions in which U.S. petroleum refiners can thrive in 2017 and beyond, success and profitability are not guaranteed (see U.S. refining outlook […]

So what happens when all of our jobs are replaced by bots? Where will government revenues come from when employment is radically reduced. Bill Gates shares his thoughts on this in an article with Quartz Media by Kevin J.Delaney The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Why The Jobs Might Not Be Coming Back #2

by Bill Fester on February 2, 2017

in Industries, Jobs, People

Just because you felt the robots of Boston Dynamics looked a bit like dogs (which is fine if you need a beer from the fridge), consider this factory in China which has reduced it’s staff by over 90%!! Oh, and before you mention quality, it’s actually improved… (File Photo) (File Photo) The firs tunmanned factory […]

Why the jobs might not be coming back

by Bill Fester on February 2, 2017

in Jobs, People

Currently there’s a huge statistical game played with unemployment versus true unemployement, and automation taking jobs no matter what continent we’re talking about. The big numbers and theoreticals are nice, but I would prefer to show just exactly How and What might take your job. Below is a recently released story from The Verge on […]

Noticed this this afternoon and given the vagueness of International Paper’s post, I’m not sure they’re actually serious in hiring someone. Take a look: Process Control SME International Paper Loveland, OH 45140 II This position will report to the Manager, Process Control Group PL determination will be commensurate with experience 1. Purpose: Technology Subject Matter […]

Amgen to Hire 1,600 Employees in 2017

by Bill Fester on February 1, 2017

in Jobs, People, Pharmaceutical

Home / Industry News / 2017 / Amgen to Hire 1,600 Employees in 2017 Amgen to Hire 1,600 Employees in 2017 Feb 01, 2017 Amgen CEO Robert Bradway met with President Donald Trump and told him Amgen will be hiring 1,600 people across the United States this year, according to an article in BioSpace. “This […]

No, U.S. Manufacturing Isn’t Really Booming

by Bill Fester on October 21, 2016

in Industries, Jobs, People

By Justin Fox  from Employment in manufacturing peaked in the U.S. in June 1979, at almost 19.6 million jobs. This September, that was down to 12.3 million (these numbers are seasonally adjusted). That fall in employment tells us a lot about today’s American political and economic life. It helps explain why regions that were heavily reliant on manufacturing have been struggling so […]

From Reuters By Liz Hampton and Ethan Lou | HOUSTON/NEW YORK All it took was a pair of bolt cutters and the elbow grease of a few climate activists to carry out an audacious act of sabotage on North America’s massive oil and gas pipeline system. For an industry increasingly reliant on gadgets such as […]

Solvay Green River is developing a 20-year vision for the future of its process control system assets. Kevin Kelley learned the value of control system lifecycle management the hard way. Following three losses of control system power in 2012, the process control foreman at Solvay Chemical’s Green River soda ash production facility in southwestern Wyoming […]