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Which one is counterfeit?
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The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a growing problem, estimated to be 5% to 7% of world trade, or about $600 billion each year. Counterfeit health and safety products such as electrical and electronic products now occupy second place after pharmaceuticals on the list of those most frequently... Read More

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Do not ignore those recurring errors in manufacturing or processing
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You know the manufacturing automation or process control errors we are talking about: The nagging errors in the log that don’t seem to go away. The system is “running fine” but there’s a tag in the... Read More

Managing alarms effectively
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Has managing alarms at your facility become a problem? Are operators missing critical alarms that could lead to unscheduled downtime or incidents because they’re inundated with too many low-priority... Read More

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Hacked without knowing it
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It is hard not to be afraid, maybe very afraid. Recent news articles and security analyst reports have listed the types of attacks and illicit information gathering directed against manufacturing... Read More

Safety: Risk management
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Risk assessment and risk management plans help with industrial safety and machine safety efforts, using standards, processes, hardware, software, and continual education. Control Engineering May 2013... Read More

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Machine Safety: enhanced safety networks, the Internet of things, and autonomous safety
Machine Safety: enhanced safety networks, the Internet of things, and autonomous safety

Machine safety and HAL 9000: Does anybody remember HAL 9000, the computer that controlled the... Read More

Machine safety standard merger: One global machine safety standard
Machine safety standard merger: One global machine safety standard

A joint working group is looking at global functional safety standard unification. At present,... Read More

Machine Safety: what is the value of ISO 13849-1 for U.S. domestic compliance?
Machine Safety: what is the value of ISO 13849-1 for U.S. domestic compliance?

ISO 13849 clearly states that it is a standard for designers. If these designers work for U.S.... Read More

Machine Safety: Who is responsible for international standards?
Machine Safety: Who is responsible for international standards?

A lot of work has gone into harmonizing international standards but a dilemma still exists – who is... Read More

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