Here I talk about a case study prepared by Mainstay Partners LLC, an independent consulting firm, who interviewed with the manufacturer’s executives, IT executives and IT planning personnel. The case study looks at GM’s Cisco-based Plant Floor Controls Network (PFCN), and found out the following about what it is, what it does, how it help’s with General Motor’s Business challenges, and where GM goes from here. Read More »
It seems like something out of Star Trek. A “replicator” – something that can create any complex object from generic raw materials, such as powdered metal. Well, these replicators actually already exist, and they are called 3D printers. The process by which objects are created by 3D printers is called “additive manufacturing.”
If you’ve never seen additive manufacturing in action, then prepare to be impressed: Read More »
One of the many nice things about working for Cisco is the multiple opportunities for giving back. As a company, we participate in many community-based events, with Cisco often matching each employee contribution. Recently I wrote a blog about our Manufacturing team’s participation with a local housing and services foundation.
This Christmas, I have the privilege of working with Friends Outside and their “Holiday Wishes Program.” Through this program we each are matched with a local child in need. The child provides a “wish list” for presents, and then we raise money to fulfill that list. Read More »
Following the economic turbulence of the “Great Recession,” Toyota felt the need to improve its revenue structures. These earnings are directly linked to advanced work performed by knowledge workers in areas such as research and development on new cars, production, and sales. Toyota also wanted to shorten its product time-to-market to maintain its competitive market lead. The firm turned to the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) to help Toyota determine where improvements could be made and how to implement them.
Otherwise known as: “Industry Leaders Expand Customer Choice and Reduces Total Cost of Ownership”.
A press release out of Honeywell’s Baveno, Italy site late last month told of Honeywell’s announcement that it is offering wireless access point[s] (the Aironet 1552 Access Points to be precise) from Cisco -- “global leader in networking”, as part of Honeywell’s OneWireless™ solution of industrial wireless products and services.
The Press Release stated that “These solutions provides customers seeking to implement a long-term, plant-wide wireless infrastructure at their industrial facilities with industry leading technology and support from two of the largest and most established wireless solutions providers in the world.”
It was all about Cisco’s new Aironet 1552 Access Point together with Honeywell’s OneWireless network, providing wireless coverage for both Wi-Fi applications and ISA100.11a field instruments under a single infrastructure and minimizing total cost of ownership. Read More »