Articles & News on Human Factors and Ergonomics

Wood Adopts Connected Worker Solution Enabled by Honeywell Forge

  • News

Honeywell Forge Workforce Productivity is being adopted by Wood, a global leader in consulting, projects and operations solutions in energy and the built environment.

Ergonomic SaaS Automation During COVID-19

  • by Sam Bradbury and Mark Heidebrecht
  • Opinion

By Sam Bradbury and Mark Heidebrecht
Until now it was nearly impossible to cost-effectively automate ergonomic functions. In-depth plant-site visits and evaluations were needed. That has all changed in this era of COVID-19.

ABB announces free digital software and services

  • News

From Friday March 27, ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business will make key software services available free of charge to its customers until December 31st, 2020.

ARC Advisory Group announces ARC European Industry Forum virtual event

  • News

The annual ARC European Industry Forum, “Driving Digital Transformation in Industry,” May 18-20, 2020, will move online as ARC’s first-ever virtual forum.  The event will use virtual event tools to offer live streaming of user presentations, expert panel discussions, and audience interaction.

HANNOVER MESSE announces cancellation of 2020 event

  • News

It is the first time in HANNOVER MESSE’s 73-year history that the event will not take place. However, the organizers will not let the show completely vanish.

In Memoriam: Richard “Rich” Merritt, 1943-2020

  • News

Richard “Rich” Jesse Merritt died Saturday, February 8, 2020, at his home in Cedar Rapids. He was 76. He was a giant of industrial automation and control technical communications, serving countless publications and clients over his long career, including Automation.com and ISA’s InTech magazine.

GE Digital announces free Remote Monitoring and Control licenses to iFIX and CIMPLICITY users

  • News

The web-based solution gives plant operators and management teams real-time monitoring and control access to plant operations and performance over a secure-by-design connection such as VPN. This allows critical infrastructure to operate with a reduced crew on site, while being able to coordinate with their wider teams remotely.

Demystifying Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

  • by Louis Columbus
  • Feature

When it comes to digital transformation of industrial operations, drivers include workforce changes and customer needs and expectations. This article first appeared in AUTOMATION 2020 volume 1, February 2020.

How Bright is the Future of Automation?

  • by Mark Howard
  • Opinion

When machines run 24/7, with or without supervision, their components can wear out quickly. This article explains the potential of lights-out manufacturing.

Ponemon Institute report: Security professionals anticipate automation will reduce IT security headcount

  • News

Overall, the majority of companies (77 percent) continue to use or plan to use automation in the next three years. The biggest takeaway in this year’s study is that the majority of respondents (51 percent) now believe that automation will decrease headcount in the IT security function, an increase from 30 percent in last year’s study.