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Safety and the Smart Factory
As more companies adopt Industry 4.0 technologies, the factories of yesterday are getting smarter and turning into—well, smart factories. These changes are helping manufacturers become more efficient, effective, and profitable.
Almost overnight, millions of people faced stay-at-home orders and began working from home. In an early study on COVID-19 and work from home, researchers from MIT, Stanford, and the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 34 percent of people surveyed were working from home full-time as early as the first week of April.
Ransomware is currently a hot topic. In 2019, the FBI received more than 2,000 complaints identified as ransomware, costing consumers and businesses over $8.9 million, according to the bureau’s Core Competency Certification (IC3) 2019 Internet Crime Report. Because attackers are often overseas and can mask their location, it can be difficult to catch them.
We are fortunate that virtual meeting technology has improved well beyond just dialing in, that doesn’t mean it will always go smoothly. Beyond technology glitches, the flow of conversation is undoubtedly different in a virtual meeting than in an in-person meeting.
It’s well known that having a website for your small business is a must. When consumers are looking for information about a business and can’t find their website, they’ll quickly move on to the next business. An ineffective website isn’t much better than not having a website.
The construction industry has sometimes lagged behind other industries in the development of technology. However, in recent years, there have been advances in battery technology, light-weight materials, design for comfort, saw blades and drill bits that can drill through concrete with ease, and lasers that can lay out a construction site with one person.

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