Connected Manufacturing: Will IoT risks take your plant offline?

| January 1, 2018

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Leading a manufacturing company requires awareness of a number of factors, each of which can be changing at any given moment. Government regulation, customer sales and service requirements, supply chain challenges, production and quality techniques, workforce safety demands, energy management, attracting skilled labor, and information security all consume mindshare and impact the bottom line. To further complicate this picture, the emerging and rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) cuts across each of these factors, presenting opportunity and, if done incorrectly, significant risk.

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