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In this column, Contributing Editor Keith Campbell asks, "Is too much education the problem with the economy?"
June 5, 2014 | Column/Opinion

Is too much education the problem with the economy?

Have we created unrealistic expectations by educating more people with college degrees than what there are jobs that require those degrees?
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Keith Campbell ( Keith@CampbellManagementServices.net has been a shaper of opinion on manufacturing automation for 40 years. He worked for 28 years with The Hershey Company, and has served the broader industry in numerous roles including as Director of ISA's Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Div., and as the founding Director and later Executive Director of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, originally called the OMAC Motion for Packaging Workgroup. Since retiring from Hershey as Director of Automation & Integr
March 6, 2014 | Column/Opinion

The future of automation for healthcare manufacturers

If healthcare manufacturers are a bit behind others, it is probably for valid and explainable reasons to which valid and explainable solutions exist.
January 8, 2014 | Feature Article

Line- and plant-level software implications

While GS1’s Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) protocol standardizes the way serialization data is transmitted between trading partners, there is no such standard for communicating between a company’s internal serialization solution and its Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as SAP, and ERP modules that handle serial number management (such as Aii in the case of SAP). And therein lies the rub.
December 26, 2013 | Feature Article

Secrets to serialization project management

Serialization involves multiple, complex technology components—package execution controllers, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), PLCs, machine vision, sensors, scanners, encoding, inspection and verification systems—all feeding information to complex IT layers—device-level, line-level, plant-level, enterprise, networked to outside trading partners.
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December 19, 2012 | News

OTC pharma maker Perrigo to present at The Automation Conference 2013

May 14-15, 2013 event to focus on technologies and strategies for driving manufacturing and packaging efficiency.
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