The LNS Weekly Industrial Roundup: 1/6/13 - 1/12/13

industrial manufacturing newsHere at LNS Research, the team is constantly reading the latest industry articles and news correspondence. At the start of the New Year we decided to do something different, doesn’t everyone?  Our resolution: spending time each week gathering our favorite articles to share with you, our readers. You can expect to read articles from various industry sources (software vendors, publications, analysts, etc.) containing content from all walks of the broadening industrial space.

There’s a little knowledge here for everyone and it’s our way of sharing some of the articles that caught our attention this past week. So in case you missed them during the busy work week, enjoy this compilation! 

Taking Care of Business

GE’s funding and support will aid in the growth of small and mid-size U.S. companies in the years to come. Last year alone, GE paid over $10 billion to some 11,000 middle market American companies. GE focuses on funding start-ups through programs such as Energy Technology Ventures (ETV). They have recently partnered with the National Center for Manufacturing Science (NCMS) to create the Advanced Manufacturing & Software Technology Center which provides small and midsized U.S. companies with access to computers and industrial-strength modeling software. Read more on keeping jobs in America.  

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A Roundup of Responses to Landmark Food Safety Rules

Two years ago, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act which aims to ensure that the U.S. food supply is the safest it’s been in more than 70 years by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it in the first place. This law grants the FDA with an increased control over food production and guarantees a more stable food industry as a result. Last Friday, the first two food safety rules were released, and this article from Food Safety News is comprised of the top food associations’ responses. Read their comments.

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5 Industrial Technology Trends to Focus On in 2013

One of the latest blog posts from LNS Research has received much attention this past week. Through many discussions with software vendors and thought leaders responsible for quality, manufacturing, IT, and sustainability, the team put together their own list of the top 5 trends worth watching this year. This list touches upon MES Software, Industrial Energy Management, Enterprise Sustainability Management, and U.S. manufacturing. Read our 2013 industrial predictions.

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Barcoding Grandfather Dies, But His Legacy Lives On

With the more than 5 billion being scanned on a daily basis, the barcode has simply become a part of our routine as many of us disregard its global importance. The developer of the barcode, N. Joseph Woodland, recently passed away which sparked the idea for Patrick Fetterman’s of Plex Systems latest blog post discussing the evolution of this technology and its importance within the business world, particularly in the manufacturing sector. From grocery stores to manufacturing lines.

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SCADA Security Zeitgeist 2012

A spin off of Google’s Zeitgeist 2012, Tofino Security conducted its own evaluation for SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) security topics. Heather MacKenzie has comprised her own list the ‘hot topics’ of last year. The list includes concerns from her blog readers about industrial cyber security , the insecurities of PLCs, and eight other highly trafficked topics of 2012. Read her top 10.

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