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Connected Manufacturing at CiscoLive Milan

I just got back from a fantastic week at Cisco Live in Milan.  We had a packed ‘Cisco Connected Manufacturing’ pavilion at the event, showcasing the latest in demonstrations and industrial solutions for both customers and partners.

CL Milan 2015The centerpiece of the demos was how manufacturers can leverage technology such as Cisco Connected Factory to address some of the business challenges they are facing including increased competitive pressures and changing global demand.  In fact, European manufacturers are turning to technology to give them a clear competitive advantage as they streamline their supply chain and factory operations as well as accelerate their new product introduction cycles.  We showcased various components of the Connected Factory, including rapid response and troubleshooting, Profinet integration, IoT Factory in a box and plant network analytics.

We received great feedback and energetic interest from booth visitors.  The Manufacturing demos were the highest rated at the show and were recognized multiple times in the various keynotes.   I asked my colleague Todd Edmunds, Enterprise Architect, to comment:

There was a lot of excitement around our working demonstration showing Siemens controls communicating via Profinet – including real-time Cisco IE2000 switch status inside the Siemens programming environment.  All across the same network with Rockwell Automation control systems, and anything else Ethernet.  Our key message that ‘we can support whatever you need on the network’ really resonated with booth visitors.”

Our various IoT solutions and products can really impact operational efficiencies and help manufacturers achieve significant outcomes such as reduction in unplanned downtime, for example.  It was great to see customers understand these benefits and I think that is due to the efforts of the tireless team that brought these demo scenarios to life.

We will be bringing many of these demos and products to the Cisco booth at the upcoming Hannover Messe (April 13 to 17th in Germany).  The theme of that show ‘Towards a Fully Networked Industrial Future’ dovetails nicely with our strengths and solutions.

Let me know if you were at CiscoLive Milan and drop me a comment.  Thanks for reading!

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Welcome Dave Cronberger to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

Welcome Dave Cronberger to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

Dave Cronberger

Dave Cronberger

It is with great pleasure that I introduce a key member of the Cisco Customer Global Enterprise Solutions Group. Dave is a customer solutions architect, working with and supporting key global customers, especially in the automotive industry. As an Infrastructure architect he is focused on physical and logical networks and network based services in industrial automation in discreet and process control environments.

He is a 14-year Cisco veteran with a background in IT networks, network security, IT and OT infrastructure, networks and security, with additional focus on collaboration technologies that use voice, video, and web to improve manufacturing process.

Dave is no stranger to the cutting edge of the automotive industry. He has initiated fleet connected vehicle solutions for Cisco, associated with an IP enabled vehicle using a variety of wireless connections, and today he is focused on Industrial Automation Networks and supporting systems along with network architecture and design for control systems in discreet and process manufacturing systems. This also includes systems supporting the plant floor such as communications, remote expert solutions, wireless networks and security. Read More »

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Cisco Live 2013 – Manufacturing Industry Presence and John Chambers Welcome Message


Get ready for one of the best Cisco Lives yet! A good number of attendees hail from industrial sectors such as heavy industrial/equipment, automotive, materials and mining, and consumer packaged goods (CPG), and they can look forward to some engaging activities not to be missed!

These industrial companies are wrestling with business challenges such as reducing costs, speeding time to market and improving production up-time. How does Cisco play in the industrial space you ask? What solutions do we provide for positively transforming operational plant networking environments? How does Cisco address real manufacturing Industry Care-abouts? Come to Cisco Live to find out. Hear John Chambers tell you more about this year’s event in the video below, then read on!

John T. Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems Inc., welcomes you to Cisco Live in Orlando

Whether you’re in IT or production and controls, Cisco Live will give you a unique opportunity to gain hands-on insights to how Cisco can help you with these challenges and help positively transform operations for your plant networking environment for the better.


Chet Namboodri – Cisco Managing Director, Manufacturing Industry

Here’s just a snapshot of what you can see for your industry:

Chet will be talking about industrial solutions for manufacturers and their suppliers and partners all who want transparent integration and secure real-time visibility between business networks (information technology) and control and automation systems (operational technology). Amongst them are “Smart Solutions” which provide open-standard, IP-based communication and control to reduce costs, improve up-time, increase asset utilization, and lock-down on end-to-end security.

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Cisco Live Australia 2013 a success for Connected Industries and IoT

I just caught up with some colleagues who were present at the Cisco Live 2013 event just held in Melbourne, Australia, 5-8 March, 2013. “It was a great success for both Cisco and the Connected Industries Group”,  said Guy Denis, one of the experts who has just returned from Australia.

CiscoLive_Aus_2013-bYou probably saw my earlier blog telling you that  The Cisco Connected Industries Group (CIG) were at Cisco Live!, and I just got word that over 3,000 attended over the four days in Melbourne. There  was strong interest in follow-up meetings by over a hundred folks who were keenly interested in mining and Oil and Gas, in addition to Manufacturing. Not surprising really, as the region has a solid industry in these three areas. Many folks were very interested in the 819 for 4G mobile assets (think earth movers and that kind of thing), and the IE2000 was well received.

The Keynote by  Carlos Dominguez (the opening speech of the event)  featured the Internet of Everything (IoE) and The Internet of Things (IoT)  with industrial use cases  and  the network in mind. Read More »

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Internet of Things at Cisco Live UK, 2013

Cisco Internet of Things Partner Pavilion

Cisco Live logo #1Cisco Live is taking place right now in London, UK Jan 28 – Feb 1, 2013. Located in front of the Internet of Things area on the Borderless Networks section of the Cisco Campus, the Cisco Internet of Things Partner Pavilion brings together a number of Cisco’s flagship industrial partners and demonstrates key technologies and their application in creating real-world solutions.

Partners in this Pavilion are part of an extensive and growing ecosystem highlighting the value they and Cisco can bring to industrial industries such as Oil and Gas, Mining, Manufacturing, Transportation and Automotive.

Here’s a run down of key Industrial Partners at the IoT Partner Pavilion:

Emerson, Booth #IoT3

Emerson’s Smart Wireless products and solutions extend PlantWeb predictive intelligence into areas that were previously out of physical or economic reach, opening the door for new possibilities in process improvement. Remote locations, physical obstructions, and the high cost of engineering and integrating new technologies are no longer the barriers they were.

Honeywell Process Solutions, Booth #IoT4

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) is the global leader in process automation and control solutions and has been a pioneer in these areas for more than 35 years. HPS serves the oil & gas, refining, pulp & paper, power generation, chemicals and petrochemicals, life sciences and metals, minerals and mining industries.

Panduit, Booth #IoT2

PANDUIT is a world-class developer and provider of leading-edge solutions that help customers optimise the physical infrastructure through simplification, agility and operational efficiency. PANDUIT’s Unified Physical Infrastructure (UPI) based solutions give enterprises the capabilities to connect, manage and automate communications, computing, power, control and security systems for a smarter, unified business foundation. Strong relationships with technology leaders complemented with its global staff and unmatched service and support, make PANDUIT a valuable and trusted partner. Come to our stand to see our cabinets developed with Cisco as well as our HSDT (High Speed Data Transport) solutions.

Redline Communications, Booth #IoT5

Redline Communications is a manufacturer of specialized backhaul radios that offer a point-multipoint, Layer-2 IP backbone which connects a Cisco Core network to edge devices in the field. Manufactured for industrial M2M applications and offering reliable performance of over 100 Mbps up to 20 miles in extreme environmental conditions.


Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

If you’re visiting Cisco live UK 2013, please visit these Partners!

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