This week at Cisco Live Berlin we are excited to share three new digital manufacturing demonstrations:

•    Cisco’s Connected Machine Solution powered by Mazak’s SmartBox
•    The Fanuc robot as part of the Digital Machine
•    The Cisco switch integration of a Profinet MRP Ring


Our Connected Machine uses Mazak’s SmartBox to capture real-time manufacturing data and analytics from Mazak machines to significantly improve machine efficiency (OEE) for Mazak’s manufacturing customers.

Utilizing the Mazak milling machine, we will demonstrate how machine-level data generated within the manufacturing cell can be exported and analyzed by the OEM (in this case Mazak and their SmartBox solution). Surrounding the milling machine will be real-time systems monitoring network flow, network security, and analytical applications working on the shop floor.


The SmartBox uses a fog computing model to gather manufacturing data via the MTConnect protocol. MT Connect software agents run directly on our ruggedized, industry-leading Cisco Industrial Ethernet (IE) 4000 switch – providing real-time visibility and insights into data right on the factory floor. Data security and virtualization solutions will illustrate how data can be exported and published in a cloud-hosted model, increasing accessibility for partners.

Finally, we’ll show you how to extract machine level data to a private data center, powered by our Digital Manufacturing Architecture.

Come check out our booth and learn about our Manufacturing use cases in our session: IoT in Action: The Latest Use Cases in Digital Manufacturing, Digital Transportation, Digital Energy & Digital Workspaces on Thursday, Feb 18 at 1:15 p.m.

If you can’t make it to Berlin, you can follow all the action on Twitter at @CiscoMFG.


Bryce Barnes

Senior Manager