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Understanding the Different Levels of Automation

January 07, 2021
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As automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics improve, it may be increasingly tempting to employ automatic means to accomplish industry goals. The degree to which a task is automated is referred to as levels of automation (LOA). Below is an overview of the 10 different LOA.

What is the Manufacturing Skills Gap, and What does it Mean?

September 02, 2020
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In a 2018 study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute it was predicted that by 2028 there would be in excess of two million unfilled positions in manufacturing—a deficit created by what is being called the “Manufacturing Skills Gap.”  The changing landscape of the manufacturing industry, paired with an outdated reputation and quickly developing technology,

How Much Do Automation Technicians Make in 2020?

July 29, 2020
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Industrial automation control systems have surged in use with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, as manufacturers begin integrating advanced automation technologies to improve equipment and labour efficiencies. One of the current challenges the industrial automation industry faces is a shortage of skilled and experienced automation technicians to fill in-demand positions.

Becoming a Manufacturing Triple Threat

July 27, 2020
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In theatre, being a Triple Threat means that you can sing, dance, and act—that you have all the skills necessary to take on any role and succeed at it.  This term can be applied to manufacturing, as well, and refer to someone who has skills in multiple disciplines, able to take on work in many departments. 

Networking for Technical Professionals

June 19, 2020
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Covid-19 has made it difficult for even the most social among us to build connections.  Here are a few tips to help technical professionals build and maintain their connections online, and prepare themselves for the post-pandemic world.  

The HR Headaches Robotics Can Help Solve

April 09, 2020
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There are numerous fields that lend themselves well to the use of robotics and automation technology - mining and resource extraction being two of many that come quickly to mind. But what about some of the more vital human roles; could they too be fulfilled using an AI-based workforce? When it comes to a field that is largely viewed as the polar opposite of robotic technology, human resources (HR) is considered by and large to be a role that can only be fulfilled by, well, humans.

The Importance of Soft Skills in the Workplace

March 16, 2020
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Students often think that once they gain technical knowledge, they are ready to go and get that career they've always wanted. They often overlook the soft skills, thinking that they're something that we're all naturally good at (or not).