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Virtualization on the plant floor – Control Engineering Article

February 19, 2013 at 11:19 am PST

Virtualization on the plant floor

“While IT networks already use virtualization extensively, its benefits are moving into industrial networks. Five diverse viewpoints on its advantages and implementation are offered.”

Great article in the recent Control Engineering magazine on the the topic of virtualization for manufacturing environments. Control Engineering states it is a major discussion, so they are approaching it from a variety of viewpoints. “Below are the stories written from industry professionals and their viewpoints on virtualization.”

The article can be linked to at Control Engineering by clicking on the following links…

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Happy Valentine’s Day From the Cisco Manufacturing Industry Blog

February 14, 2013 at 10:04 am PST

Have a Great Valentine’s Day!…

Velentines IoT

From Peter Granger

and your Blogging Team!…

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Initial impressions of the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution at ARC Forum

February 13, 2013 at 5:13 am PST

In Monday’s blog, Maciej Kranz, Cisco VP/GM for the Connected Industries Group introduced the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution which converges factory automation, control systems and enterprise business systems onto a common, standards-based IP network.

Yesterday, Maciej and many others wrapped up the second of four days at the ARC World Industry Forum, discussing processes and technologies that enable breakthrough performances in industry and infrastructure.

Some Cisco team members shared their perspectives on the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution, how it effects industrial performance, and how it’s being received here at the ARC Forum.

Paul DidierPaul Didier, Solutions Architect, Cisco Connected Industries Group
“IT & OT convergence is helping industrial companies meet the primary business goal of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). A converged network will allow for faster fixes, better monitoring, and easier access to remote partners, employees and expert resources.  Standardizing on Ethernet enables rapid network deployment and a less expensive total cost of network ownership.

The keynote topic here at the forum was about achieving breakthrough performance.  The Internet of Things (IoT) was recognized as a top trend that’s having positive effects on manufacturing and automation and even on society. The Cisco Industrial Smart Solution enables the IoT so our industrial customers can benefit from those effects.” Read More »

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Manufacturing Innovation Begins with a Converged Network

Many manufacturers are gathered at the ARC World Industry Forum in Orlando this week discussing new technologies, best practices and emerging standards in manufacturing.  They’re talking about how to drive innovation with real-time advanced analytics, increase equipment utilization, implement energy-savings and sustainability strategies, collaborate amongst supply chain expertise with machine-level context and awareness, and enable mobile computing, cyber security and safety. One top of mind theme is The Internet of Things and its positive impact on all of these business goals.  But before manufacturers can capitalize on the Internet of Things, they will need a standards-based, converged, intelligent IP networking platform.

Standards-based IP networks drive operational efficiency and increase asset utilization to create greater profitability. An IP-based network can also streamline the connection of factory floor systems to private clouds, where manufacturing data is more secure and can be analyzed for production quality and product volumes based on real-time information.  This real-time data analysis can be flexibly accessed from multiple devices.

IT OT imageTo ease implementing a converged network, Cisco is introducing the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution, a Cisco end-to-end network architecture that leverages standard, unmodified Ethernet while offering greater security and management efficiencies, enabling innovations across the manufacturing value chain.

The Cisco Industrial Smart Solution brings together operation technology (OT) and information technology (IT) to create a flexible and scalable, standards-based IP network.   The smart solution is an expansion of the Converged Plant wide Ethernet (CPwE) architecture, co-developed by Cisco and Rockwell Automation, and is successfully deployed in many plant floor environments.

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Introducing Maciej Kranz, VP/GM of Cisco Connected Industries Group.

February 11, 2013 at 2:33 am PST

I am very pleased to welcome Maciej Kranz to the Manufacturing Blog community.

Maciej is the VP and General Manager of the Connected Industries Group (CIG) here at Cisco.

Cred Maciej KranzHe drives the vision and strategy for a business unit that’s focused on developing  intelligent networks for process and discrete manufacturing, transportation, machine-to-machine communication and connected vehicles.

Before leading CIG, Maciej led other Cisco teams that help to improve the business processes of Cisco customers.  He led the efforts across Cisco businesses to define, prioritize, and deliver Borderless Network Architecture and roadmaps so that enterprises can conduct business and communicate from anywhere, anytime, and in any way they wish – as Borderless Networks.

Earlier, he was VP of Marketing for the Wireless Networking Business Unit (WNBU).  His team established industry-renowned positioning for Cisco with the Cisco Motion strategy and led the transition to 802.11n-based networks.

Maciej also led marketing for the stackable Ethernet switching business unit which he grew to a multi-billion dollar business across enterprise, small business, and Metro Ethernet networks. Read More »

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