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    AI Creates more than it Costs

    Innovation in technology is something that we all use and look forward to using. We want to see the new things come along and make our lives better, of course. AI in manufacturing is one such innovation that we are looking forward to seeing and want to use to our advantage, but it is also an innovation about which we have grave concerns.
    Nearly every type of innovative change may be a double-edged sword.
    Inventions come along every day that change the way that we do business and the way that we manufacture. Innovations give us the means to perform tasks faster, better, more cheaply. This is known as displacement or the displacement effect.
    In China this kind of innovation has been a part of the changing landscape for more than half a century.

    Fifty years in the past, more than 75 percent of the workers were in agriculture. Along came time saving and energy saving innovations and today only about 25 percent of the people of China are employed in agriculture today.

    New technology and innovation freed them up for manufacturing and many other, safer pursuits. New methods can take away jobs, but conversely they can also create jobs for everyone. The jobs that they can create may be higher paying and safer jobs.

    From job security to national security, it’s no secret that one such innovation–AI or artificial intelligence –has caused some grave concerns in both industry and individual sectors, but it has also given new hope and new life to many job sectors.

    AI and the technologies that it engenders such as robotics, autonomous vehicles and drones have the power to boost our economy and to boost our business growth. They will add billions of dollars to our economy this year alone.

    Unfortunately,AI also has the power to negatively impact jobs. In July of 2018, PwC’s UK Economic Outlook confirmed that AI could and likely would displace jobs that are being done by humans—even over the course of the next five years.

    While AI has the power to replace humans, it will also create new jobs and bring better and more innovative products to the marketplace. The impact on the UK and the US will stay at about 20 percent and is projected to remain largely neutral .

    This means that there will be approximately as many jobs created as there are jobs lost. That holds true in the UK and probably the United States but the same is not true everywhere. Around the world, where many low skilled jobs and manual jobs are being done, these lower paying jobs may be undertaken by machines using AI.

    One example of this is China and it is not surprising that people are resistant to the use of AI when they are not well trained and will not –in their opinion—be able to find another job to support their families.
    The technologies associated with AI may well displace more than a quarter of all jobs that are currently being done in China. Between 26 and 27 percent of current jobs may be lost.

    Fortunately there is one more difference. AI will also create more jobs in China than it will in the rest of the world. In China, particularly in the service sector, the net job increase is expected to be around 29-31 percent. That amounts to about 97 million jobs being created by the advent of new AI technology.
    Whether or not the current labor force is able to be retrained to do these jobs remains to be seen, but there will be myriad new positions being created by the advent of AI technology and these will be higher paying and infinitely safer for the average worker.

    What’s your take? Can lower skilled workers without a lot of tech savvy be retrained to allow them to keep their jobs?

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  • IIoT-Industrial Internet of Things

    IIoT-What it Is and Does

    IIoT is a term that isn’t even remotely new but many people haven’t heard it. While IoT is a network of intelligent machines, devices and items that share data, IIoT takes it a step further.

    IoT shares data to a cloud base where it is then shared with end users in a way that makes it helpful This allows them to better their bottom line and speed the work. Industry 4.0 is changing all that we do in factories, making the process faster, cleaner and safer.

    Using IoT in manufacturing is called IIoT or to use another term for it. Industry 4.0. It is changing the way that factories work and that companies create goods. IIoT is making life easier by increasing the amount of automation that we use in schools in factories and in homes.

    Many companies have begun to leverage the power of IIoT by using connected and intelligent learning machines or devices in their factories and manufacturing methods.

    IIoT can vastly improve the efficiency, increase the time savings, improve scalability and connectivity of course and cut the costs of nearly every type of manufacturing in existence today. It does so by the use of predictive maintenance and improved safety in the plants as well as offering more efficient operations. The data that it provides offers us a more accurate view of what is happening and even what may happen in the future, preventing lost time due to down machine times.

    The major stumbling block seems to be the problems with security that IoT and IIoT have seen in the recent past. One of the largest breaches and DDos attacks in history came into play due to IoT connections. Technology writer Margaret Rouse observed recently, “A major concern surrounding the Industrial IoT is interoperability between devices and machines that use different protocols and have different architectures.”

    Companies are concerned, and rightly so, about their security and operational issues. With so many sensors and smart connected devices being used together there has been a massive explosion in vulnerabilities in security for most companies which use IIoT.

    With IIoT being one of the primary trends that are shaping the new industrial revolution, ensuring security is of paramount importance. How do you see our ability accomplish that improving. What will do the job for us?

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    IIoT – Who is using it? Part II

    IIoT. while not well known or understood, is one of the top applications being used in manufacturing and industry today. It’s found in nearly every industry in the world including these:

    Agriculture-to provide for connected farms that can do things such as even tell the farmer when the cow is coming into season.

    Aerospace, to be used in un-mapped vehicles in air such as drones and airplanes or to manage airports.

    Automotive, for connected or autonomous cars.

    Energy systems for things like renewable energy, smart homes, smart grids, and distributed energy resources.

    Healthcare systems such as connected healthcare, things like insulin pumps and medical imaging but also including the newest up and coming robotic surgeries.

    Manufacturing, connected factories that are offering data and safety information.

    Oil and gas exploration and connected refineries.

    Transportation and travel, where it is used by buses, hyper-loops, trains, subways, parking structures.

    Typical IIoT systems mean that you have to share the data and information between multiple different devices. This means that it must be available and used between multiple devices and across multiple networks. From the edge (sensors, remote devices and computers) to the cloud (centralized computer systems) the data must be able to flow everywhere.

    That’s a challenge not only due to the connections and the security but because of the vast array and the massive volume of the data. It can easily overwhelm a network, particularly one that encompasses very remote operations. “These interconnected systems require new ways to manage increased data volume, performance requirements, security risk and safety certifications.”

    What’s your take on autonomous parking, vehicles, logistics, supply and manufacturing?

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    IIoT – What Is It?

    Its been five plus years since the Industrial Internet of Things exploded into our world and the IIC was launched. A lot of water has passed under the bridge and a lot of issues have been discussed about the amazing new day of AI, intelligent machines, connected devices and what it can do for us, but all in all, what do most people really know about IIoT? Continue Reading…

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    Preparing for a Job Interview

    It is completely natural to feel nervous before a job interview but you can minimize pre-
    interview jitters with some preparation. Hopefully you have completed initial research
    on the company you applied for before being called in for an interview but you are going
    to need to do more. You will never know exactly what is going to be asked of you
    (unless you have an inside source), but you can be ready for the questions by knowing
    your stuff.

    Look up the company website and study the history, about us page, and the products and
    services that are offered. Even if you are pretty sure you are not going to be quizzed on
    how the company came to be, it will give you insight into how the company operates and
    their philosophy. By of these factors should influence how you answer your questions. If
    it is obvious they place high value on team players, you should brainstorm situations
    when you have displayed this trait.

    If you are applying for a sales position, you can be prepared for any role playing
    questions because you have taken the time to learn the company’s products and services.
    It will be impressive to your interviewer that you have taken the time to research the
    information. It shows a commitment to details and a true interest in the company.

    Another way to prepare for an interview is to complete a practice run with a friend or
    family member. Have them ask you questions and answer them as if you were already in
    the interview, don’t break character during the role play either. There are many questions
    that are asked in a typical interview (what are your strengths and weaknesses) don’t let
    them come as a surprise to you – practice so you can answer with confidence.

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    Offshoring -Nearshoring – Reshoring

    Do you think that Henry Ford would have imagined that in a few decades from revolutionizing industry, we would have a global economy with a global workforce?

    Perhaps one of his most valuable visions was his understanding of industry.  Today in our world of manufacturing so much of our products are manufactured with parts from all over the globe. It is difficult to purchase a single product today that was manufactured 100% in the USA – or solely in any other country for that matter.

    That doesn’t mean that it is without problems. It most assuredly is not.

    Manufacturing in China had for a very long time taken the manufacturing industry by force. Low cost labor and world class factories made it a very viable country to consider when thinking of manufacturing your product. Large corporations have taken advantage of this for many years, but recently they are considering coming back to the US to manufacture. Today we are seeing a vast array of companies re-shoring or near shoring rather than offshoring to other countries.

    Although globalization has brought American countries lower wages and lower cost to their manufacturing needs, we have to consider the impact it has had on our local economy and in many cases, the impact it has had on brand loyalty. Many Americans won’t buy from companies who are solely manufacturing overseas.

    For years we saw far fewer manufacturing jobs being filled on the mainland USA.  Today that is changing! Far less offshoring and a great deal more companies moving their manufacturing back to the United States. What is the reason that we’re seeing that happen?  What do you believe will be the final outcome years from now?

    At WH Meanor, if you’re looking for the right manufacturing team here at home to help you to compete on a level playing field. we can help.

    If you’re looking for the right manufacturing team, you have to start with the right recruiting team. Let WH Meanor put our experience to work for you.   Register now for a free ten minute assessment of your search efforts by clicking the link https://whmeanorassociates.as.me/

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    Curbing Counterfeits in Manufacturing

    Some field experts believe that manufacturing lies at the heart of economy, which leads undoubtedly leads to a high influx of counterfeit products in recent years. Problems tend to arise when legitimate companies fail to acquire product end consumer data from suspicious sources.

    Manufacturers have undergone additional measures to prevent consumers using dependable QR code labels and other forms of scanning methods in authenticating products. Open tags found on products are also being closely monitored by AI-backed systems that perform routine checks and logs on the patented technologies.

    Due to rampant cloning methods and other expedients of piracy, the distribution of counterfeit products remains an onerous issue.

     

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    On the 4th of July let’s reflect on what it meant & what drove Americans to seek their Independence

    The Fourth of July ranks today as one of the most important holidays in the United States. It is the celebration of our independence and the date that we finalized the Declaration of Independence.

    Since the Fourth of July is also the anniversary of the day that the final edits on the Declaration of Independence were made– it might interest some of you to know the reasons the Declaration was made to begin with and why the founders were so passionate about it.

    You may not know that many of our founders believed so strongly in what they were doing that they lost everything. Many did not but some paid the ultimate price for their loyalty to the newly formed United States.

    The separation from England was inevitable since the men and women who were helping to form the country were passionate that it not repeat the mistakes they saw in their home countries in Europe.  For the record, the reasons that the founding fathers felt that they should declare themselves free and risk the loss of home, wealth, freedom and family are these listed in the Declaration of Independence:

    • He has erected a Multitude of new Offices and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People.
    • He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.
    • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    • For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury

    All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.  That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed. For the support of this Declaration we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

    Our amazing nation has traveled a long path, from a day when men and women pledged their lives and their money and their honor to build a country and who risked everything to accomplish it, to this day, when the United States helps other nations to become free and is one of the most powerful nations in the world.

    James Kemper is the president of W. H. Meanor & Associates, an executive placement & training company specializing in engineering & manufacturing careers.  He can be reached at: jms@whmeanor.com or 704-372-7640 #102 or visit at www.whmeanor.com

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    THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGY IN MANUFACTURING WATCHES

    Because of the continuous evolution of technology, watches are not just plain watches anymore. The latest brands of wristwatches have embraced and focused on the name “wearables”. This term distinguishes them as smartphones worn on wrists and even more so than that. Here are the five technologies that have just turned up in the most sought after top selling watches:

    1.          Skin tracking. Ever watched movies that allow the person to manipulate any surface as a computer? Well, this technology is almost similar to that. It allows the wearer to use the skin on the arm to manipulate the touchscreen of the watch. The Netatmo June armband tells the wearer if he or she is wearing the right amount of sun protection or still needs more. This wearable technology aims to reduce the number of skin cancer cases worldwide. The Netatmo June may be an armband but it reflects the similar technology that many watches have in terms of sensing the skin.

    2.          Enhanced WiFi and Face time camera. This type of technology has been adopted by the Apple Watch, which is 40% thinner than the models before it. It is capable of supporting a video camera for Face Time. It also has improved WiFi so the wearer can make audio and video calls.

    3.          Fitness tracking. Because of the present fitness hype, people want to monitor their workout progress just by strapping on their watches and looking at their phones. Through fitness tracking technology, you can monitor their workout progress just by strapping on their watches and looking at their phones. Through fitness tracking technology, you can monitor a combination of the following:

    •           Touchscreen

    •           Heart rate monitoring

    •           Incoming message and call alerts

    •           GPS tracking for running

    •           Sleep monitoring

    •           Tracking of steps

    Learning new languages. This is a technology very useful to those who travel a lot. Duolingo is the tech that enables the user to learn a new language as they keep moving from one place to another.

    5.          Seizure tracking. The technology in Apple Watch may someday be utilized to measure the duration and the severity of epileptic seizures. This is very helpful to patients and their healthcare providers as they go about specific care plans.

    These technologies are only some of the most coveted in highly demanding circles of the tech-savvy professionals. If you’re one of them, perhaps it’s time to try one and use it to track anything from fitness to wellness.

    If you’re looking for the right manufacturing team, you have to start with the right recruiting team. Let WH Meanor put our experience to work for you.  Register now for a free ten minute assessment of your search efforts by clicking the link https://whmeanorassociates.as.me/ Or visit us at www.whmeanor.com and check out our industry articles, webinars, videos and jobs!

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    TECHNOLOGY IN MANUFACTURING BIRD FEEDERS

    TECHNOLOGY IN MANUFACTURING BIRD FEEDERS

    Being one with Mother Nature means stepping up as a steward in taking care of her animals and plants. Feeding wild birds is one activity in which many people engage. Because of this bird feeding hobby, manufacturers of bird feeders have developed technologies that could make the experience more fulfilling. Here are some of them:

    1. Solar power

      Anything you can use outdoors can already be powered by solar energy. Because they are everywhere, they are already affordable. Solar-powered bird feeders are available in cute designs. The top part absorbs the power of the sun, charging the built-in battery. At night, the small LED light illuminates the surrounding area for hours. Some of these solar-powered bird feeders give a color show when they activate in the dark. People say that LED lights might help ward off opossums or raccoons as well.

    2. Feeding schedules

      A timer always makes things easier. If it helps us wake up or make coffee on time, it can also help dispense seeds when your feathery guests arrive. Internal timers in gravity-powered feeders can release bird feed up to four times daily. The seeds drop into a chamber and then an automatic paddle inside the feeder scoops the right amount of seeds. This prevents overeating squirrels or birds from taking all the feed in one sitting.

    3. Recycled items

      Many bird feeders are now made of recycled materials because of the green revolution. Traditional bird feeders are made of wood, which often deteriorates quickly. The recyclable materials make the bird-feeder more durable and more economical.

    4. Squirrel-proof

      Bird hobbyists always find squirrels often bothersome because these tiny culprits steal the seeds in the feeder. Sometimes, some birds feed their squirrel neighbors. As an answer to this dilemma, bird feeder manufacturers added features in their bird feeders that trip, twirl, and flip squirrels.

    Because of their pure love of birds, manufacturers keep on coming up with bird-feeders armed with latest technology. This growing pastime for bird and nature lovers will always move forward with new features will always make bird feeding fulfilling and effective.

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