Safety Is No Coincidence: A Historical View of Functional Safety
It’s no secret. Accidents involving chemicals and mechanical and electrical processes pose a threat to humans and the environment. And throughout the years, there have been a number of incidents – often having a degenerative impact on safety at first – that have helped shaped the industry as we know it today.
Smart Grid Cybersecurity: Can the Grid be Outsmarted?
Smart grids bring a wealth of benefits and can propel the energy industry into an era of reliable, efficient, and cleaner energy. On a wave of modernization, outdated electrical infrastructure is being revamped for the digital age. But could cybersecurity concerns slow down smart grid progress?
AI in the Factory: Is the Process Industry Prepared?
Artificial intelligence is within our smartphones and is making its way into and more cars. It’s in the process of turning society and the economy on their heads. But what opportunities and limitations does AI present for the process industry? That’s exactly what Prof. Leon Urbas and his team are researching in the AI incubator project ‘KEEN’. Their goal is to build a relationship with AI through a better understanding of its use-cases.
The Curious Case of the Lighter: Do We Take Safety for Granted?
Did you know that 70% of US lighter imports do not conform to safety standards laid out by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)? This has sparked controversy amongst retailers and consumers alike. We ask, “do we take safety for granted in certain areas?” And how about in fields where the greater health risks lie?
Cybersecurity: Smart at Home, Smart at Work
Interconnected technologies benefit our everyday: at home, and at the workplace. However, the accompanying risks of the IoT, intelligent automation, and the overriding process of digitization are impossible to eradicate. Whether you operate a Smart Home or a Smart Factory – we draw from real-life cases to assist in fortifying your processes.
Risk Management: Managers Are Setting the Wrong Priorities
A global survey on risk management revealed a critical trend. Many decision makers are still not taking operational risks seriously enough – threatening the success of their companies. How are managers creating a false sense of security?
ZVEI Interview: “5G Is the Next Big Step toward Industry 4.0”
In Germany, auctions for 5G frequencies are in full swing. This is especially relevant for private users. But what about 5G in industry? We talked to Gunther Koschnick, Managing Director of the automation division at ZVEI, about this.