So, in my last blog, I pointed out that Manufacturers, and particularly car makers, will be driving the Internet of Things (IoT) by incorporating standard networks into their machines. I also indicated that evolving the standards is going to be critical to that adoption.
Applying standard networks (by that I mean Ethernet, IP, TCP/UDP, 802.11/WiFi, etc.) machines is going to be a distinctly different than the networking of computers, phones and the plethora of tablets and handheld devices that has driven the Internet and standard networks to date. Read More »
Tags: 802.11, automation, Control engineers, convergence, Ethernet to the factory, Factory, IEEE 1588, Industrial Automation, Industrial Intelligence, IoT, machine, Manufacturing, Precision Time Protocol, PTP, QoS, sensors, The Internet of Things, wifi
In my most recent blog “U.S. manufacturing: is it sustainable?“, I referenced an article about how U.S. manufacturing has been leading the economy out of the depths of the Great Recession. The authors put forward a thesis with supporting data that suggest Americans believe the manufacturing industry is the basis for wealth creation and is fundamental to a sustained and successful U.S. economy.
The rub is that only 30% of Americans said they have or would encourage their children to pursue a manufacturing career.
Why such a discrepancy? An answer to this question is not simple. However, I do believe we must seek that answer and address the gap, if the U.S. is to remain competitive in the global marketplace. Being an engineer myself--a manufacturing and controls engineer no less--I know the first and most essential step to a solution is making sure we’ve defined the problem well.
A 2009 survey by the American Society for Quality, as reported on manufacturing.net, helps to shine a light on our problem.
According to the survey, the top three reasons why kids aren’t interested in engineering:
- Kids don’t know much about engineering (44 percent).
- Kids prefer a more exciting career than engineering (30 percent).
- They don’t feel confident enough in their math or science skills (21 percent) to be good at it. This is despite the fact that the largest number of kids ranked math (22 percent) and science (17 percent) as their favorite subjects.
Survey findings on the adult side:
- Only 20 percent of parents have encouraged or will encourage their child(ren) to consider an engineering career.
- The vast majority of parents (97 percent) believe that knowledge of math and science will help their children have a successful career.
So, while American children and adults both feel that math and science are important (even enjoyable), there is an ironic disconnect (cognitive dissociation?) between recognizing the importance and committing to pursue a career in engineering and manufacturing.
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Tags: automation, Clemson University, DOE, education, engineering, Factory, higher education, industrial, Industrial Automation, Industry, innovation, Manufacturing, math, R&D, Research and Development, Savannah River Site, science, stem, technology, US Department of Energy, Virginia Tech
Cisco Live’s first ever “Industrial Intelligence Day” focusing on manufacturing and industrial customer needs was judged a great success according to the feedback given at the sessions in Las Vegas this week. In an action packed day attendees heard about trends in network convergence between business IT and Industrial plant networks, and how standard Ethernet IP protocols were becoming prevalent in industrial and control networks.
As Master of Ceremonies, I had the pleasure of introducing Alan Cohen, Vice President, Global Public Sector & Industry Solutions. Alan kicked off the day talking about the care-abouts of executives in Manufacturers and how Cisco is addressing them. He used real-life customer examples such as Coca-Cola, General Motors, GE, Continental Tire and Anglo Platinum. Alan expressed how Cisco was helping these customers address the challenges of Growth, Market Transitions, Innovation, Risk and Goverance. This set up a good interactive environment for Bryce Barnes and John Parello to introduce Energy and Sustainability for the manufacturing sector. Bryce pointed out that 35% of all energy usage in the world is consumed by manufacturing industry and we added that that figure goes over 50% if you include the transportation and distribution of those manufactured goods and materials.
After watching John Chamber’s Insightful Keynote, delegates returned to hear Paul Didier and Chris Haley (both Cisco) and Gregory Wilcox (Rockwell Automation) talk about the status and trends for wired LANs including resilience and security with a fascinating presentation on Motion from Gregory. That was followed by wireless strategies from David Wolf and Scott Friberg from Cisco talking about wireless innovations and real-world testing where wireless is now deemed appropriate for time critical applications. Then delegates went to the main tent for a thought-provoking session. Read More »
Tags: Anglo Platinum, automation, Borderless Networks, Cisco, cisco live, ciscolive, cloud, Coke Cola, collaboration, Common Industrial Protocol, Continental Tire, Energy Management, ge, industrial, Industrial Automation, Industrial Intelligence, industrial networking, industrial wireless, innovation, Manufacturing, mobility, Rockwell, security, video, virtualization, wireless
Many of you have asked me and my team about the session codes for the new Manufacturing Industry Industrial Intelligence day on 12th July 2011 and how to register for the exclusive sessions if you’re attending Cisco Live! So here’s the scoop:
Since many of you have a full conference registration package, you have access to Industrial Intelligence Day as part of your pass. Yes -- we made it possible! You can game the system. We made it easier than Groupon!
You can sign up for the following 3 sessions on CiscoLive Scheduler at https://www.ciscolive2011.com/scheduler (use your login you received with your confirmation) and just click ‘add to schedule’.
The great thing is you can now win an iPAD2 by attending these sessions*
The 3 sessions are:
SIPIAD-1420 -- Improving Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Industrial Applications
SIPIAD-1421 -- Advanced Industrial Networks: Wired, Wireless, Resilient & Precise
SIPIAD-1423 -- Industrial Intelligence Key Note and Panel
These 3 sessions comprise Industrial Intelligence Day (full agenda at http://www.ciscolive.com/us/attendees/solutions/industrial.php?zid=us-home-spot3
Please note that all 3 sessions will all be conveniently held in the same room -- Mandalay Bay F on Tuesday, July 12th, starting with a hosted breakfast at 7 am. An informal networking hosted lunch is also included as part of the day. Read More »
Tags: aeroscout, automation, Borderless Networks, Cisco, cisco live, ciscolive, collaboration, Common Industrial Protocol, Energy Management, industrial, Industrial Automation, Industrial Intelligence, industrial networking, industrial wireless, innovation, librestream, Manufacturing, mobility, Panduit, partner, Rockwell, security, video, virtualization, wireless
Last week there were some people in the world who had to get their “stuff” in order, and there was no TIME to waste. I imagine for some the daunting task of contacting relatives and friends of years gone by, completing the last items on their bucket list, selling the house of 27 years, and putting out the last meal for Sparky was not a trivial task. Why the state of urgency? Well, for those of you not aware a man by the name of Harold Camping, Christian radio host, predicted the end of the world would occur on May 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. As a result, followers had to exhibit keen organizational skills, and the ability to synchronize and collaborate with various organizations, entities and persons. They had to accomplish things in REAL TIME, in order to be “Ready.”
Well the rapture did not come, but it did prompt me to ponder the questions, “Who’s keeping the ‘Real Time?” and “What’s the ramifications as a result of capturing events in real time, if any?
The term “real time” is the new paradigm of the 21st century. Nations all over the world today are looking for ways to not only access and capture real time data and events, but leverage the information to build advance economies and increase value for its citizens. Every industry and field uses the term to identify opportunities for efficiencies and value. For example, the financial industry provides us with ‘real time’ quotes, the news media supplies us with up to the minute ‘real time’ news, traffic and weather, and our government provides us with real time polling information. The industry that has been most effected by this real time paradigm is manufacturing. (Please Read More) Read More »
Tags: automation, Borderless Networks, Cisco, Industrial Automation, Industrial Intelligence, industrial networking, JIT, Manufacturing, mobility, Real Time, Real Time Processing, Value Chain