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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Chemical Plant Explosion: What’s the State of Industrial Safety in China?

Last week, 78 people were killed in an explosion at a pesticide plant in the city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province. It was one of the most serious industrial accidents in China in recent years. How do Chinese companies approach industrial safety – and what role does functional safety play?

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The Two Faces of Digitization in the Rail Industry – Part 2

Digitization in the rail industry is changing safety requirements. This calls for significant technological advancements to keep pace with the new market. Cybercrime is perhaps the foremost challenge, but there are also many other aspects to consider, such as innovation cycles and communication between devices. What must companies do to ensure they’re protected?