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Distributors: Can Technology Make Your Business More Agile?

Modern industrial distributors, especially those working with valves and related equipment, generally have a great reputation for being good at providing services and technical information. Most end users also know they can find a knowledgeable partner in their distributors, which makes it easier to sort through specifications and deal with potential problems before a valve, actuator or control system is even ordered.

While service is generally top-notch, speed and agility on the business side are not necessarily part of distributors’ strengths. Thus, Industrial Distribution conducts surveys each year to determine what is happening in terms of technology use and how they can help distributors take advantage of the options available to them.

Factory Workforce Training: What You Need to Know in 2018

It is no news to the valve manufacturing industry, and it is something VMA with its Valve Careers initiative is working to alleviate: As the most experienced and knowledgeable workers retire from manufacturing and process control, business leaders must find ways to fill the positions they leave. But this is an increasingly difficult proposition, as there simply are not enough people with the skills and training who are willing and able to take these jobs.

Integration of Automation Lifecycles: Functional Safety, Cybersecurity and Alarm Management

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Risk management of a manufacturing process requires a deep dive into the functional safety, cybersecurity and alarm management lifecycles. Each of these lifecycles is dictated by a different safety standard and traditionally carried out by different teams within an organization. With little communication between the groups, it is a challenge to account for all risks and create a comprehensive event response plan during plant operation.

By integrating the three automation lifecycles, it is possible to ensure awareness of all potential hazards and required risk reduction, improve efficiency and communication, and achieve a complete plant and enterprise view of risk management in an organization.

Steps to Integrating LEAN Principles into Valve Manufacturing

According to BusinessDictionary.com, the definition of “lean” is “doing more with less by employing 'lean thinking.'” Since the end of World War II, when lean manufacturing was developed and implemented in Japan, the many benefits of manufacturing this way continue to show merit. Improved work flow (which includes people, material, work and information) and reduction of waste are the most commonly touted advantages, and there are a variety of lean manufacturing tools, like Kaizen and 5S. But of course, like any other system, the benefits don’t accrue automatically.

Managing the Generation Gap: Much Ado About Nothing?

The baby boomer generation was the most populace and affluent generation the world has ever seen. They hold more control, power and wealth than anyone ever before. And according to Brent Robertson, Partner at Fathom, they could do so for a long time… but for the millennials. Millennials are more populace than boomers and will make up over 50% of the workforce by 2020.

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