The evolution of manufacturingI was honored to represent Dell EMC at this kick-off event, which was hosted by Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr, a good friend and the new chair of the NAM Board. However, some of you may be wondering why start a manufacturing tour in Central Texas? When you think of the Austin area – also known as the Silicon Hills – the image of a typical, middle-America factory town doesn’t exactly spring to mind.And yet, it’s right at the heart of an evolution in manufacturing. There is a digital transformation underway in this industry and there are hundreds of businesses in Central Texas – from Emerson and Dell EMC to software companies and small start-ups – who are helping to usher in a new era in modern manufacturing. Austin has numerous examples of companies working together to modernize manufacturing in the U.S. but the same exciting story is being emulated throughout the country.Painting a picture of modern manufacturingSo, what does modern manufacturing look like? Manufacturing is learning from other industries that have been successful in adopting new approaches to technology to gain a competitive edge. Instead of resisting technology, manufacturing is now embracing ways to do things faster, smarter and better. Today’s factories now have the IT tools to collect, analyze and act on data in real time to optimize their operations, lower costs, increase throughput and gain a competitive edge.Let me give you some practical examples. Energy producers are reducing downtime and improving profitability by remotely monitoring critical equipment (think of a refinery or an off-shore oil rig) with sensors, edge gateways and sophisticated cloud-hosted analytics tools. This reduces potential employee exposure to hazardous conditions while helping the company to leverage expertise wherever it may exist. In other industries, such as automobile manufacturing, factories are using technology to do real-time testing and quality control during the assembly process to make adjustments and prevent potential problems before they occur.Lines blurring between IT and factory systemsSo, as you can see, it’s no longer a case of information technology (IT) being confined to the data center and the office with operational technology (OT) (factory systems) on the manufacturing floor. We’re now seeing the lines blur between IT and OT with embedded devices and sensors connecting and talking to previously siloed systems within a manufacturing facility. We’re experiencing how the Industrial Internet of Things – IIoT – can help customers get a more accurate and holistic picture of their performance.Partners who can add valueOf course, harnessing all this data and connecting all of the parts and players requires a complex ecosystem of experienced technology partners and a workforce with the skills needed to succeed in today’s knowledge-based economy. This is where companies like Emerson and Dell EMC can add expertise and value. Dell EMC has enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with Emerson over the years, from developing data center standards and collaborating on the launch of multiple OEM products all the way through to the solutions that power automation processes on the factory floor. Today, we are working together to help manufacturing customers harness the power of the Internet of Things.Using technology to make manufacturing more competitiveI believe that modern manufacturing has a huge role to play in the global economy and can continue to positively impact the lives of millions of American families. However, we need to make manufacturing more competitive. We need to use technology to reinvent processes and strengthen the industry’s ability to hire workers with the skills needed in this digital age. We can absolutely enable new jobs if we have technology and manufacturing working together in tandem. Above all else, manufacturing needs to attract our best and brightest young people. The industry offers a lifelong, rewarding career with the chance to design and build a new high-tech, high-touch future. It’s exciting stuff!Global competition and increasing customer demands are certainly changing the face of manufacturing as we know it, but I think we’re all ready to embrace the challenge head-on. Dell EMC is proud to contribute to the digital transformation of this vital industry. Join the conversation and be part of the solution. I would love to hear your views and am happy to answer your questions. I also invite you to check out the NAM’s “Creators Wanted” video, which features two Dell EMC team members and highlights the many facets of a career in modern manufacturing.Keep in touch by following Dell EMC OEM or IoT on LinkedIn. While traditional manufacturing in the U.S. has certainly had to contend with ups and downs over the last few decades, the good news is that the modern industry is alive, well and kicking. In fact, right now, it is driving a huge innovation revolution across the U.S. This was the strong, take-away message to policy makers and elected officials from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) at the start of its annual tour last week in Round Rock, Texas.
The Board of Governors has approved funding for a new public education and awareness program tentatively titled “Dignity in Law.”The initiative, the first of its kind in the nation, will seek to communicate the positive work of attorneys across Florida, according to President-elect Tod Aronovitz, and will be one of the key goals of his administration, which begins in July.Aronovitz, called the program “an innovative and honest answer to years of misinformation and misunderstanding about the important job that lawyers do day in and day out.” He said the program will employ new communications techniques to explain the mission and success of attorneys through the eyes of the people served, and will support the judiciary.“I think it is clear to everyone who practices law in the state of Florida that the reputation of our profession has been oversimplified, caricatured, and damaged by poor communications,” Aronovitz said. “For a small business owner, a corporate leader, or any member of the community, reputation is absolutely vital to success, and for attorneys, it can be no less important.”The program is budgeted for a maximum of $750,000 and will rely on additional financing beyond the Bar’s general fund. A voluntary checkoff will appear on the Bar’s annual membership fees form, and contributions will be sought from organizations such as The Fund and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.Aronovitz believes that every member should contribute to the new initiative, saying, “It is in the best interest of every attorney in Florida to open up the lines of communication with the public, to rebuild our reputation so that it truly reflects our good work, and to combat the incomplete and negative assessments that circulate about the legal system every day.”Results from the Bar’s 2001 Member Opinion Survey underscore that sentiment. Regardless of age or title, reputation was the number one issue for all. More than 56 percent of respondents reported that improving the public’s perception of lawyers and the legal profession is one of the most important issues for the Bar to address.Board of Governors member Hank Coxe said he was in full support of the new awareness and education program, saying that it could make The Florida Bar a national leader on behalf of the profession.“I think this is worth the chance,” Coxe said. “It may take time, but I think it is an effort our membership will applaud and support above any other effort we could make.”Board member Jesse Diner echoed Coxe’s remarks, saying the program was “an outside the box solution.”Board member William Phelan offered his endorsement noting that the program also is designed to improve communications with the legislature, and that it will emphasize judicial independence.The program will be managed by rbb Public Relations, a Coral Gables-based company specializing in corporate reputation. With the Supreme Court in attendance at the board’s March meeting in Tallahassee, Christine Barney, CEO of rbb, presented key elements of the program including:• A greatly enhanced Bar Web site designed to give the media greater access to the Bar’s message and a compelling reason to write legal stories.• An e-mail campaign to communicate to legislators, media, and influential people on a consistent basis.• The creation of strategic alliances with nontraditional partners, such as corporations and attractions who share the Bar’s target audience.• The creation of consumer-friendly case studies that reach the “hearts-and-minds” of anyone who sees them.• A “high intensity” editorial — not advertising — media outreach campaign to “counterbalance the negative publicity that permeates the media.”• An intense measurement system to ensure the program is delivering a return on investment. Bar to launch ‘Dignity in Law’ campaign Bar to launch ‘Dignity in Law’ campaign April 15, 2002 Regular News
TAKE A LOOK: Inside 19 Orion Avenue.AFTER renting for a few years in a home that was on one of the smaller residential blocks in Kedron, Amanda Brooks wanted space for her family.The expansive home at 19 Orion Ave in Eatons Hill seemed to have all the room they wanted.Plenty of space.The four-bedroom home sits on a 1031sq m block in a quiet cul-de-sac near a park and the South Pine River.“We wanted a bit more roomfor the growing family, and we’ve got a couple of dogs as well,”Ms Brooks said.Modern living.The large yard gave her enough room to start experimenting with growing their own food.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe garden now includes a lemon tree, chilli bush, banana tree and even an avocado tree, which is due to fruit within the next year or so.“I got it when it was in a pot and they take about five or six years to fruit,” she said.Inside, the home is centred on a large open plan living area with a dining room, living room and kitchen with high, cathedral ceilings.“It is very communal,” Ms Brooks said.Hidden in plain sight.The home embraces natural colours with exposed timber in the high ceilings, timber flooring in the kitchen and sunlights in the ceiling to bring in natural light.In the backyard, there is an inground swimming pool that is given extra privacy as it backs on to the bottom of a rock face.“It gives it a bit of texture and colour,” Ms Brooks said.3D floor plan.In the family’s time at the home, Ms Brooks said they had updated a lot of the rooms of the home, with new granite benchtops and a new dishwasher in the kitchen, new tiles in the bathroom and ensuite and new curtains and blinds.With the family selling up to move to NSW, she hoped a young family would move in to the home.The home is on the market now through Re/Max Albany Creek.