Leslie Langnau's Blog – November 2010 Archive (3)

Stuxnet to PLC users: Do I have your attention now?

Periodically I receive press releases or white papers on how to secure industrial controllers and networks; a subject that for many does not exactly inspire excitement. In the more than 20 years that I’ve been covering industrial networks, the response I usually receive from vendors and customers about security follows along these lines:…

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Added by Leslie Langnau on November 11, 2010 at 6:51am — No Comments

Advanced Manufacturing--a legit term or an exercise in branding?

Engineers have known that you have to actually make something to make any money. Countries in Europe are waking up to this, and so, apparently, are some economists and some government officials here in the U.S. It's about time. Many debate the wisdom of the long-established policy of allowing manufacturing to go overseas.
Unfortunately, the term manufacturing has a bad rap; it's often viewed as a low skilled, low paying form of employment. So a new term is emerging: Advanced Manufacturing.…
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Added by Leslie Langnau on November 8, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

How important is it to gain more efficiency?

Is the goal of better efficiency just for new designs, or are you exploring older designs? Vendors of various 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies are promoting the idea of reviewing established designs and examining whether you can cut costs, eliminate parts, or gain efficiencies in other ways. According to them, their products are perfect for revising a design and helping you explore other options. It's never a bad idea to review a design and check to see whether changing it to… Continue

Added by Leslie Langnau on November 4, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

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