Manufacturing Automation: “Who’s Keeping the ‘Real Time’?”

May 27, 2011 - 1 Comment

Last week there were some people in the world who had to get their “stuff” in order, and there was no TIME to waste.    I imagine for some the daunting task of  contacting relatives and friends of years gone by, completing the last items on their bucket list, selling the house of 27 years, and putting out the last meal for Sparky was not a trivial task.   Why the state of urgency?  Well, for those of you not aware a man by the name of Harold Camping, Christian radio host, predicted the end of the world would occur on May 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. As a result, followers had to exhibit keen organizational skills, and the ability to synchronize and collaborate with various organizations, entities and persons.  They had to accomplish things in REAL TIME, in order to be “Ready.”

Well the rapture did not come, but it did prompt me to ponder the questions, “Who’s keeping the ‘Real Time?” and “What’s the ramifications as a result of capturing events in  real time, if any?

The term “real time” is the new paradigm of the 21st century.  Nations all over the world today are looking for ways to not only access and capture real time data and events, but leverage the information to build advance economies and increase value for its citizens. Every industry and field uses the term to identify opportunities for efficiencies and value.  For example, the financial industry provides us with ‘real time’ quotes, the news media supplies us with up to the minute ‘real time’ news, traffic and weather, and our government provides us with real time polling information.  The industry that has been most effected by this real time paradigm is manufacturing.  (Please Read More)

Over the last 30 years the manufacturing industry has wrestled with the “evolution of time” where all processes, organizations and systems throughout the entire value chain require balance and synchronicity.  In the mid 80’s companies scrambled to modify their operations to meet the Just In Time (JIT) paradigm.  The JIT system allowed customers changing needs to set the schedule.    We are now into the next phase of the manufacturing evolution, primarily being driven AGAIN by the ‘real time’ clock keeper……..THE CUSTOMER the alpha and omega of the manufacturing value chain. Consumer and client access to “real time” information and their demands and expectations for instant gratification are driving the new REAL TIME industry paradigm.

Never in the history of manufacturing has the complexities and pressures been greater for companies to address and meet the speed of  our “real time” society.    There is an urgency for manufacturers to NOW converge and connect the multitudes of separate and de-synchronized REAL TIME systems, processes, and organizations throughout the entire value chain.  Manufacturing are in the process of re-engineering infrastructure to eliminate any  “bottlenecks” that impede the real time demands of the customer.

Cisco is at the forefront with addressing those critical ‘real time’ industry requirements with  Borderless NetworkCollaboration, and Data Center and Virtualization architectures that provides the industry with a secure, resilient and scalable platform to achieve operational excellence, supplier chain agility, and continuous innovation while maintaining customer intimacy.

How are you addressing the needs of the new Real Time Economy?  Please join us at Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas, NV July 10-14 to exchange ideas, learn and experience how Cisco can partner with you to meet your  business, technical and operational imperatives.  Register before June 3rd to receive a $200 discount.

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  1. Well said Kevin. Looking forward to seeing some of the Real Time solutions from Cisco and Partners at Cisco Live. I particularly like the Manufacturing Mobile Video Collaboration (MMVC) solution from Cisco and Librestream – Real Time resolution to plant flooor or production problems, and uses lots of Cisco technologies (secure wireless to reach the network, Unified Presence to find the right people,and WebEx to set up a collaboration with everyone involved). Really neat! More here: