Cloud Computing is Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry

Cloud computing has the power to make the oil and gas industry more efficient and eco-friendly on every level.  Cloud computing provides a decentralized place to store and access data with virtually no limit, which makes data analysis much easier for those making the big decisions in the gas and…


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Three Computer Advances that Increase Steelmakers’ Productivity and Profit

Silicon, in the form of a chip shortage, has dominated the news for the past 3-4 years. It’s unsurprising given the role of computers in our lives.  But even though the modern world revolves around computers, they’ve only been around since the mid 70’s. Steel has been around much…


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Tips in Choosing the Right Fleet Management Computer

Fleet management is the process of organizing, tracking, and maintaining a vehicle fleet. Fleets  usually consist of commercial cars, trucks, buses, and cargo vans.  Fleet management is done through a fleet management system (FMS). This combo of hardware and software collects data from an on-board…


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5 Reasons Why Rugged Industrial Computers are Best for Oil Refineries

An oil refinery is a manufacturing plant that takes crude oil and converts it into useful petroleum products: gasoline, lubricating and motor oils, petroleum gas, tar, etc. Because of the time-consuming and intense nature of the process, refineries present unique challenges to electronics like…


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4 More Surprising Uses For Industrial RFID Technology

Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, is the scanning of special tags with radio waves. These tags can be affixed on items from boxes to wrist bands, and can contain information like the item’s name, SKU number, to even a picture. That information is then scanned and stored by using RFID…


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What is Right to Repair and How Does it Affect Medical Devices?

Right to Repair (RtR, R2R) is a movement by consumers and repair shops to have Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) make available normally proprietary information of their products, as well as provide any necessary tools and spare parts. That way, product owners or such shops can make repairs or…


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Best Practices for Manufacturers When Going Green

You already know that going green involves redesigning a single product or process at your facility to make it more environmentally-friendly. And that being sustainable is looking at a product’s entire life-cycle as a whole, like sourcing goods composed of recyclable materials, processed locally in…


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3 Approaches to Protecting Your Networks on Computer Security Day

November 30th, 1988, should be marked as a day of infamy for our modern, connected times. During that month, researchers at Cornell University discovered an unknown virus lurking in their computer systems. This so-called “Morris worm” would quickly spread to other connected university systems. If…


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How RFID and Barcode Scanners are Reducing Production Errors

Wouldn’t it be great if no one made errors? Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. Errors in production from not enough raw material to miscounting shipping containers can impact a business’s bottom line. It’s estimated, for example, a wrongly shipped order can cost companies…


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Industrial Cybersecurity Beyond the Firewall

Given that businesses across nearly all industries have been using computers for several decades now, you would think that Cybersecurity would be a non-issue. It is natural to assume that companies would, by default, have robust systems in place to deal with the threats they face after all this…


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