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Confidence in Times of Crisis: How to Keep Your Plant Running

The COVID-19 pandemic raises entirely new questions for plant operators. How can plants continue operation with depleted staff onsite? How are the responsibilities of external service providers affected? How can factory acceptance tests (FATs) be carried out? We explain what is changing for process industry companies – and what isn’t.

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Downtime: How COVID-19 Influences Industrial Markets

In the process industry, customer demand and supply chains are both suffering as a direct result of COVID-19. This is impacting investment decisions. Drawing from a recent ARC automation index and capital expenditure report, we observe market trends during this critical period.

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Mining 4.0: How Technology is Transforming an Industry

The dirt and heat of the mine have been exchanged for air-conditioned control rooms. Explosives once cautiously placed by human hands are now precisely positioned by automated robots. Even the mine trucks are now loaded by autonomous earthmovers, weighed by lasers, and driven to the surface autonomously on sustainable energy. So why did one of the world’s oldest industries feel the need to dramatically digitalize?

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COVID-19: A Catalyst for Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation is nothing new, but the stakes are higher than ever before. The New York Stock Exchange has closed its famous trading floor, 5G-enabled diagnostic systems allow medical experts to conduct consultations remotely, and smaller businesses are moving online for the first time. Is it a case of “desperate times, desperate measures”? We explain.

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Tricks of the Trade: Coping with Event Cancelations

Trade fairs are an opportunity to network, showcase new products, and forge future innovation. But to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus mass gatherings are no longer allowed. Without an arena for solutions, could vital knowledge be lost? Or could this be an opportunity to enter new digital territory?

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Remote Working: TÜV Warns of the Dangers

Containing the spread of the coronavirus is a vital measure. To protect employees, companies around the world have sent home large numbers of staff to work remotely. Not only is this a huge test for families, it’s a risky move for companies, too. Because even at home there are security risks. Germany‘s TÜV strongly recommends a security check.