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John Turner
Director of Technology for FA Consulting & Technology (FAC&T) and member of the MTConnect Institute.

Mr. Turner is the Director of Technology for FA Consulting & Technology (FAC&T) and member of the MTConnect Institute. Mr. Turner was one of the team members at the start of the development of MTConnect and has spent his entire career in the field of industrial automation, machine tools, and control technologies.   He spent over 30 years with GE and GE Fanuc Automation in a wide variety of management roles in sales, marketing, product development and operations.   While at GE Fanuc, Mr. Turner’s team developed and deployed the first commercially available MTConnect Agent/Adapter called mi-Link. Additionally, he was previously Vice President of Engineering and COO for CimWorks, a subsidiary of GE Fanuc Automation providing hardware and software solutions for the Statistical Process Control (SPC Quality) market. In 2009, Mr. Turner formed FAC&T where he applies his knowledge and expertise to advancing the state of manufacturing technology specializing in the area of shop floor productivity.

Mr. Turner is the Director of Technology for FA Consulting & Technology (FAC&T) and member of the MTConnect Institute. Mr. Turner was one of the team members at the start of the development of MTConnect and has spent his entire career in the field of industrial automation, machine tools, and control technologies.   He spent over 30 years with GE and GE Fanuc Automation in a wide variety of management roles in sales, marketing, product development and operations.   While at GE Fanuc, Mr. Turner’s team developed and deployed the first commercially available MTConnect Agent/Adapter called mi-Link. Additionally, he was previously Vice President of Engineering and COO for CimWorks, a subsidiary of GE Fanuc Automation providing hardware and software solutions for the Statistical Process Control (SPC Quality) market. In 2009, Mr. Turner formed FAC&T where he applies his knowledge and expertise to advancing the state of manufacturing technology specializing in the area of shop floor productivity.

Posts by John Turner
Technology
By John TurnerMay 01, 2023

Decisions, Decisions: Data and the Digital Manufacturing Decision-Making Process

Digital manufacturing uses operational data for more informed decision-making, which helps increase workflow efficiency. But a major challenge is the quality of data. Learn more about this crucial factor in digital manufacturing decision-making processes.

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Technology
By John TurnerApr 05, 2023

Architecture for Manufacturing Digital Systems

Digital manufacturing is company-specific strategy that uses data from manufacturing operations to support more informed decision-making and increase efficiency. Find out what goes into building a unique digital manufacturing strategy for your business.

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Technology
By John TurnerJan 26, 2023

Building an Advanced Cybersecurity Plan: Risk Assessment and Vulnerabilities Testing

Any cybersecurity implementation involves a trade-off between a company’s tolerance for risk and the effort and costs associated with protecting the company’s resources and customers. Learn how to assess risk and test for vulnerabilities in your network.

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Technology
By John TurnerJan 12, 2023

Building an Advanced Cybersecurity Plan: Maintenance and Incident Response

A company's cybersecurity plan requires constant monitoring and maintenance in order to effectively detect, analyze, contain, recover, and prevent attacks. Learn what steps personnel should take when an incident is detected and how to maintain the system.

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Technology
By John TurnerDec 07, 2022

Building an Advanced Cybersecurity Plan: Personnel and Infrastructure Security

A key aspect of any advanced cybersecurity plan is oversight and management of company and supplier personnel to address events originating within a company – intentional or not. Find out what considerations should be made when implementing your plan.

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Technology
By John TurnerNov 16, 2022

Building an Advanced Cybersecurity Plan: Communications, Network, and Database Security

Implementing a cybersecurity plan includes deploying specific security functions to provide communications, networking, and database security. Learn what key factors to consider, what new technologies are being overlooked, and more for your implementation.

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Technology
By John TurnerOct 03, 2022

Building an Advanced Cybersecurity Plan: Network Resource Configuration Management

Configuration management in cybersecurity provides a uniform environment to deploy security updates, and a standardized platform to monitor network activity to identify potential security breaches. Learn what it is, how to use it, and what to watch for.

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Technology
By John TurnerSep 01, 2022

Building an Advanced Cybersecurity Plan: Activity Logging, Auditing, and Traceability

Advanced cybersecurity plans should include functionality for logging every attempt to access the network or critical areas on the network to protect business assets or as required for legal or contractual requirements. Read on to learn what that involves.

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Technology
By John TurnerAug 08, 2022

Building an Advanced Cybersecurity Plan: Identification and Authentication

The definition and management of the credentials used to access the resources within a company's network requires their own set of rules within an access control strategy. Here are some important security elements to consider with usernames and passwords.

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Technology
By John TurnerJun 17, 2022

Building an Advanced Cybersecurity Plan: Electronic Media Protection

Any advanced cybersecurity plan should address electronic media in both the IT and the OT networks. Devices like CDs, flash drives, and more are problematic since each is an interface to your company’s network, introducing possible security threats.

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