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Additive Manufacturing: Is 3D Printing the Future?

December 20, 2011 at 11:08 am PST

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 »

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A warm jacket

December 15, 2011 at 10:47 am PST

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 »

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Executive Perspectives Part 2 – Toyota Streamlines Business with Cisco

December 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm PST

Check out this part 2 of our Executive Perspectives series. Here we follow on from Part One: Executive Perspectives and AkzoNobel – Manufacturing Industry CIO/CXO Special – Part 1, and look at how one of Cisco’s customers in the automotive industry has partnered to gain real business benefits.

A well-known brand and Cisco customer

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.

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Honeywell Strengthens Wireless Solutions Offering With Cisco

November 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm PST

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 »

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Should manufacturing embrace the cloud?

November 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm PST

Cloud Computing: you’ve heard of it, but how will it affect you as a manufacturer? Is it the right solution for your industry or not?

Cisco has released its recent Global Cloud Index projections which state that Cloud Traffic will increase 12-fold between 2010 and 2015.

The Cisco Cloud Index covers three crucial areas focused on data center and cloud traffic trends and next-generation service or application adoption. They include: Read More »

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