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.
The 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!