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Saturday, April 10, 2010

How the U.S. can Enhance its Advanced Manufacturing Capability

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President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) asked in their new public forum OpenPCAST ...
"What are your ideas as to how the U.S. can enhance its advanced manufacturing capability."

My reply to them is below...

With the baby boomers retiring, our country’s manufacturing productivity is at great risk if we do not train maintenance and engineering on PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) and other automation from a safety and reliability approach.

Not only does this PLC training crisis affect manufacturing, but also the maintenance and operation of the entire USA infrastructure. (PLCs control all city water, power, building controls like elevators and some bridges, tunnels, hospital equipment, farm production equipment, etc..)

Most organizations only have 1 “PLC guru”, and often they have only had text book, community college training, or figured it out on their own. Most have not had training on the safety, reliability and management of PLCs like delivers.

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