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Cisco Connected Industries at Cisco Live! Melbourne, Australia, 5-8 March, 2013

March 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm PST

Cisco MelbourneCheck out the Connected Industries presence at Cisco Live Australia, 2013.

Cisco Connected Industries are present  in Melbourne showing off some of the latest ruggedized equipment that Cisco has for industrial users such as those in the manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Mining sectors.

There’s a static display of equipment to allow customers to “touch and feel” all models of the Industrial Ethernet range: IE3000, IE2000, IE3010, C819, AIR1552, ESR5915, ESR5940.

There will also be h a great demo session focused on real-time mobile data collection in the mining industry (to show a harsh environment application).

CiscoLive_tech_demoThe demonstration utilizes the Cisco 819 M2M router and Cisco Industrial Ethernet switches to show how telemetry can be collected from a mining vehicle and back-hauled over a Cisco wireless mesh infrastructure to a central data center. The data can be securely monitored for abnormal fluctuations from a remote location using Cisco’s VPN and ASA Firewall technologies. The detection of an abnormality can be used to generate warning alerts via management systems, IP Telephony and Instant Messaging. Cool huh? Now that’s Connected Manufacturing! (or Connected Mining in this case!).

Can’t make it to Melbourne this year? Then register for Cisco Live 365 and get all the session action on your desktop!

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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.

The Cisco Industrial Smart Solution is Read More »

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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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Cisco Demonstrations at Automation Fair This Week! Philadelphia, Nov 7th and 8th, 2012

November 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm PST

This week sees the beginning of Automation Fair, and this blog will tell you more about the demonstrations you’ll be able to see.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, Cisco speakers will be featured at the Food and Beverage Industry Forum and the Global Machine & Equipment Builders Industry Forum as well as during technical workshop sessions. In addition, demonstrations will be on show at Cisco Booth #1307, and that’s what I wanted to tell you about in this blog. This is a great opportunity to network with Cisco and industry thought leaders and technical experts, whilst actually seeing live demonstrations at the booth.

Watch the video for details of the demonstrations, to get a better feel for what’s being shown.

Here’s a brief summary of what’s going on: Read More »

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Cisco in the Spotlight at Automation Fair 2012, Philadelphia, November 7-8

October 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm PST

As Automation Fair rapidly approaches, it is once again time to build your agenda for a few full days at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Cisco speakers will be featured at the Food and Beverage Industry Forum and the Global Machine & Equipment Builders Industry Forum as well as during technical workshop sessions.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the following opportunities to see Cisco: Read More »

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