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Thoughts and conversations on manufacturing technology, leadership, innovation, and personal development.

Mar 23, 2017

I discuss the importance of interoperable applications and the role of standards--specifically OPC UA and CCOM, an asset information standard from MIMOSA. I also throw in a description of students I met who compete in FIRST Robotics and a tip for cultivating innovation.


Mar 11, 2017

Recent revelations from WikiLeaks with details about how security agencies can hack into encrypted devices and files and then how all that can wind up on the Web should remind us to strengthen our security technology and procedures.


Feb 28, 2017

When I left magazine media, I thought about where the industry was heading. It's all about connections, I thought. So, I found a domain name The Manufacturing Connection. Last week I was at the Industry of Things conference in San Diego. Organized from Berlin, Germany, they still attracted an outstanding speaker...


Feb 18, 2017

An Italian magazine asked for an American opinion on what the new president means for manufacturing. Here are some preliminary thoughts. Also some thoughts on Open Systems platforms for DCS from the ARC Forum in Orlando.


Jan 16, 2017

The Internet of Things is dead; long live the Internet of Things. Review of "Building the Internet of Things" by Maciej Kranz, plus discussion of trends from smart devices to Blockchain.