You’ve heard of industrial automation, but what is factory automation? In reality, the two are virtually one and the same. Any type of machine that is used to replace a human being and what they do within a company is industrial or factory automation. Factory automation simply means using factory equipment to improve the reliability and consistency of process control systems. For any company with menial, repetitive tasks that need to be performed daily, this is a great option to consider. Factory automation of such processes can lead to higher quality results, lower costs and more flexibility in when and [...]
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Over the past years, humans have become increasingly less needed in a number of operations. We used to power a great many things ourselves—working in factories, farming with our bare hands, creating things that only we could. Today, we are much less involved in the details of a vast range of productions. This decrease in human intervention is known as automation. Machines are now used to complete both simple and complex tasks, reducing the need for our involvement. Industrial automation has been going on for many years now. So what is industrial automation? Where did it come from? Most importantly, [...]
Robotic automation can reduce waste, free up human capital, decrease costs and provide your company a competitive advantage. However, robotic implementations can be challenging with no guarantee of these promises. There are some critical questions you should ask yourself before implementing robots, but first let’s define the two branches of automation for manufacturers. What is Robotic Process Automation? (RPA) RPA is implementing software to execute mundane and repetitive manual tasks. If there is a logical step to performing a task, a bot will be able to replicate it. Some of the common implementations include: Bill of Material Generation ERP Management Demand [...]
Video: "How Can I Implement Robots without causing Operators Fear for their Job?" COVID-19 has created a need to adapt and change the way we run our businesses. The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report states that as a response to COVID-19, 50% of surveyed companies have accelerated automation. You may be part of that 50% and may be asking yourself, “How can I assure my employees that automation is a good thing?” The media loves to stoke the fears of manufacturing workers across the country with headlines like “Robots are stealing our jobs” and “Robots Are taking Over the World.” [...]
On September 29, 2020, the DOD issued an interim rule for comment to amend DFARS to be able to put in effect the new DoD Assessment Methodology and the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework (CMMC). The Interim rule enables the DoD to evaluate: 1) Contractors’ cybersecurity requirements and 2) improve the security of Controlled Classified Information (CUI) in the supply chain. The interim rule became effective on November 30, 2020. If you need to comply with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) security requirements, or if you are part of the DoD supply chain and have a current [...]
If you need to comply with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 252.204-7012 (DFARS 252.204-7012), Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) security requirements, or if you are part of the DoD supply chain and have a current contract in place you will need to follow the requirements in the new interim rule. Otherwise, your DoD contracts could be terminated. One of the new requirements is to perform a NIST SP 800-171 self-assessment and submit the score with the completing date if you do not have 100% implementation as per the following clauses: DFARS 252.204-7019, Notice of NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Requirements DFARS [...]
All government contractors who work with the Department of Defense or other agencies that handle Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must be cybersecurity certified. To streamline this process, the U.S. government established the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Let’s discuss what CMMC is, its different levels of maturity, and how you can get CMMC certification for your business. What Is CMMC? CMMC of 'Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification' is a new standard for normalizing cybersecurity preparedness. It was designed specifically for the defense industrial base (DIB) and other government contractors that handle Federal Contract Information (FCI) and [...]