In Monday’s blog, Maciej Kranz, Cisco VP/GM for the Connected Industries Group introduced the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution which converges factory automation, control systems and enterprise business systems onto a common, standards-based IP network.
Yesterday, Maciej and many others wrapped up the second of four days at the ARC World Industry Forum, discussing processes and technologies that enable breakthrough performances in industry and infrastructure.
Some Cisco team members shared their perspectives on the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution, how it effects industrial performance, and how it’s being received here at the ARC Forum.
Paul Didier, Solutions Architect, Cisco Connected Industries Group “IT & OT convergence is helping industrial companies meet the primary business goal of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). A converged network will allow for faster fixes, better monitoring, and easier access to remote partners, employees and expert resources. Standardizing on Ethernet enables rapid network deployment and a less expensive total cost of network ownership.
The keynote topic here at the forum was about achieving breakthrough performance. The Internet of Things (IoT) was recognized as a top trend that’s having positive effects on manufacturing and automation and even on society. The Cisco Industrial Smart Solution enables the IoT so our industrial customers can benefit from those effects.” Read More »
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.
To 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.
He 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 »
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.
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 »