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Bridging the Gap: The Imperative for IT Expertise in OT Manufacturing Cyber Security

As industrial facilities embark on their digital transformation journey, the integration of smart technologies and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into existing manufacturing environments has unlocked unprecedented efficiency and connectivity. But with more connectivity comes an increased risk of cyber threats that can have severe implications for operational integrity and safety. Rather than continue with an engrained approach of maintaining independent management of IT and OT systems within an organization, we believe it is necessary to recognize the invaluable contributions of IT professionals in safeguarding the future of OT manufacturing. This blog explores the importance of developing more comprehensive and resilient OT cyber security policies by fostering a more collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to cyber security.

A Brief History of the Evolution of the Plant Floor Network Infrastructure

Have you ever asked a young automation engineer to crawl on the floor to search for the lost token...

Bringing Machine Vision into Focus

From inspecting raw materials for quality and identifying defects in finished products to...

Safeguarding Operations: The Crucial Role of Disaster Recovery Plans for Plant Floor Control Systems

Plant floor control systems serve as the backbone for efficient and streamlined operations in both...

How to Read & Write Rockwell PLC Tag Values with Excel

In the automation industry we are constantly looking for ways to improve our efficiency, streamline...

How to Use Engineering Specs to Ensure OT Cybersecurity in Public Infrastructure

Discussing operational technology (OT) and public facilities, such as hospitals and universities,...

Looking Back at 2023 to Prepare for the Technology Trends of 2024

As I reflect on 2023, for the first time in three years, phrases such as “managing disruptive...

ACE Opens Ninth Office in Allentown

We are excited to announce that ACE is officially opening our ninth office in Allentown, PA! This...

8 Reasons You Need to Consider a FEED Study

From obtaining management approval to securing the budget to developing a conceptual design, you...