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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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Speaking of Convergence – Cisco at ARC World Industry Forum

February 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm PST

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Every year, ARC Advisory Group hosts forums and conferences in major cities around the world.  Topics range from automotive, CPG, aerospace, biotech, chemicals, mining, oil and gas and other sectors.  The forums allow corporate executives to network with peers and gather industry intelligence.

Cisco is pleased to be highlighting its converged, industrial networking architecture at the seventeenth annual ARC World Industry Forum: “Achieving Breakthrough Performance with New Processes and Technologies”.

This year, that event takes place at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida on February 11–14.

Please be our guest at the welcome reception in the Oceans Ballroom on Monday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, courtesy of Cisco and the ARC Advisory Group.  Then, Read More »

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Reshaping the Manufacturing Industry Perception to Attract the Next Generation

January 28, 2013 at 7:44 am PST

In a time when the manufacturing industry is in dire need of new employees as more and more baby boomers move to retire, I find it interesting that more than 50 percent of 2011 college graduates are either jobless or underemployed (AP Report). To me the numbers don’t add up. Sure, at first glance, it’s easy to blame the poor economy for the unemployment rate, but try considering reasons beyond that. What are the real reasons many college graduates are unemployed? I don’t necessarily think it’s because there aren’t jobs, because in the manufacturing industry, there are plenty. Some have estimated there are hundreds of thousands of jobs that are going unfilled in manufacturing in the US alone; jobs that are good-paying and that can be the foundation and means for someone to attain their “American Dream”.

As I reflect on this information, a couple of things come to mind. Kids growing up today are expected to go to college and graduate. This is great, but over the past few years, we have seen more and more students going to college without a well thought out career in mind. They all have aspirations to be “successful” and have a “dream job” once they graduate, but many students are never really able to untangle what that dream job looks like. This can lead to four or more years of education along with college debt without a clear career path.  Read More »

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Dan Kern joins the Cisco Manufacturing Blog

January 23, 2013 at 7:08 am PST

I’m delighted to introduce Dan Kern to the Manufacturing Blog!

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Dan joined Cisco five years ago and leads the Manufacturing & Energy Industry Sector marketing practice for the Americas.

He focuses on understanding the business needs of Cisco customers and drives engagements that introduce business transforming concepts to lines of business managers and executives.  Because of his industry knowledge and contributions, Dan was recently recognized as the “Industry Leader of the Year” by GDS International at the 2012 Next Generation Manufacturing Summit and also received the President’s Award at the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership Summit.

Thanks to his past experience, Dan has an intimate understanding of customer business needs.  He has a Six Sigma black belt and held roles in market and customer operations as well as product development.  Dan has also held sales, strategy and marketing positions for manufacturing, financial and government institutions.

Dan has degrees in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

We’re looking forward to Dan’s insights and contributions to this Manufacturing blog.

Welcome Dan!

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