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Cisco Power Over EtherNet (POE) – What’s the Benefit to Your Business?

April 25, 2013 at 11:11 am PST

An introduction to how Cisco Industrial POE can simplify electrical wiring, increase device portability, and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This is available on the Cisco IE3000 and IE2000 Series products now.

IP devices are becoming Ubiquitous, and the Internet of things is upon us, and predictions are for billions of devices connected over the Internet of Everything. So, what does this mean in terms of connectivity? Will everything be wireless? Clearly not for several reasons, including up-stream and downstream high speed connectivity with data centers and storage, and issues of reliability in harsh environments. However, many devices such as sensors will be wireless, and they’ll need to be back-hauled back to the data center or control areas.

So those sensors and devices, which may or not be battery powered, will need to connect to a wired infrastructure of some sort. Many will need a wire-line, especially in the world of manufacturing, energy and utilities.  That’s where Power over Ethernet, or PoE, is proving invaluable. Read More »

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Is Manufacturing Coming Back to the US?

April 22, 2013 at 11:49 am PST

Manufacturing Exports up over past 18 months for USA.

Douglas Burtnick of Aberdeen Asset Management was heard on NBR recently talking about how the US export story is really interesting, and often overlooked by those not focused on the manufacturing industry. He said…

 “Companies are seeing external demand for anything from machinery, to electronics, to chemicals, and they’re starting to think about where they really want to manufacture those products. That’s a big deal, because this is the first time in several decades that we’ve actually thought about manufacturing coming back to the US.”

Clearly that affects Aberdeen’s investment philosophy, but he also points out how the phenomenon will affect different regions in the US, and the types of products that will be built here.

This is a significant change from companies going overseas to look for lower costs. So what’s caused the change? Most agree that there are three major reasons.

  • US Manufacturing  is humming

    . US Manufacturing is humming

    The first is to do with the issues of distance, communications and language. Transportation costs are significant. Whilst communication and collaboration techniques from companies like Cisco enable real time connected manufacturing, meaning that manufacturing is becoming more connected, this makes the US itself more connected. Overseas transportation costs of materials and goods themselves  can still be significant, and a clear target for reduction.

  • The third area has been well articulated by commentators. Read More »

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One Size Does Not Fit All – Cisco Embedded Industrial Solutions

Walking around the 2013 Hannover Messe Faire can be a daunting task whether its navigating through the Hannover campus and its’  13 co-located tradeshows Leitmessen-2013or figuring out which one of the broad range of special events, forums and key note speaking engagements to attend.  One thing is for certain.  The Internet of Things”, The Integrated Industry”  and “The Industrial Revolution 4.0″  themes all describe the evolution of connecting, embedding and extracting intelligence from previously unconnected devices. Although the industries can not come to a consensus on what to call this paradigm shift, one thing is for certain….The chosen protocol that’s empowering this evolution is ETHERNET.

The challenge lies in integrating Ethernet functionality into devices, machines or automation equipment that doesn’t always conveniently fit into a 1u, 2u, 3u, 4u… or DIN rail mounted enclosures.  Designers, integrators and machine builders need a flexible alternative to address the diverse applications, size and environmental considerations required to truly take advantage of deploying anytime, anywhere, any device connectivity to industrial automation applications.

ess2020Cisco is a pioneer in providing robust, and scalable embedded technology solutions.  Kevin Holcolmb, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer, discusses our new ESS 2020 Embedded Switch.   Read More »

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Cisco and ODVA at 2013 Hannover Messe

The buzz this year at Hannover Messe Fair is around “The Integrated Industry”.  One of the key technologies that’s enabling this convergence is unmodified Ethernet being deployed to the factory and plant floor.  Cisco’s core strategy for the industrial market is to accelerate the adoption of open standards by partnering with organizations like ODVA.  Cisco is a founding member of the ODVA and has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for close to 10 years.

2013-04-09 00.59.35Adrienne Meyer, Manager of Member Services at ODVA and Guy Denis, Cisco Business Development Manager -- Connected Industries Group reminisce about the history of the relationship and speak about the importance of evolving and developing open network standards and interoperability for the converged manufacturing IT and plant networks, including security, wireless, IP telephony,power over Ethernet and real-time Ethernet/IP.

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Learn About the Power of Integration at Hannover Messe 2013

This Monday is the beginning of Hannover Messe Faire noted by companies and organizations as the world’s premier industrial technology showcase.  This years Faire has a clear focus on core technologies and services that enable industrial production, innovation and efficiency.

As I mentioned in my previous blog,  Cisco will feature our industry leading technology and product solutions that empower “The Integrated Industry” in Hall 8, Stand D14.  In addition, there will be many Cisco Subject Matter Experts in attendance to discuss topics that are specific to your business and technology imperatives.

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Integration and convergence is the core value proposition that Cisco brings to the market. The theme of our booth is “Cisco Is Making the ‘Integrated Industry’ Real Today.”  We will showcase how our customers are deploying:

  • Integrated and validated architectures supported by a broad portfolio that works seamlessly and securely
  • Integrated  industrial networks and information technology networks (OT/IT)
  • Integrating machines on the factory floor, datacenters in the core, and applications in the cloud
  • Integrating the entire manufacturing value chain from R&D, to supply chain, to operations and logistics

If you aren’t one of the 250,000+ attending Hannover Messe Faire from April 8th -- 12th….. not to worry.  We will be providing live updates from the show floor. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, “Like” us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube and join our LinkedIn group

Cisco is uniquely positioned to help customers develop a robust, resilient, secure, future-ready and cost effective converged network infrastructure for their factory and business applications. Our displays will demonstrate our differentiation, and Cisco’s ability to integrate the functions and applications throughout the entire manufacturing value chain.

See you at the show!

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