Downtime disrupts the supply chain on the front and back end of the food and beverage industry. Behind the curtain; profits and compliance are at risk when the production floor grinds to a halt. Safety also becomes a concern since injuries often occur when equipment is down, plant managers have limited visibility or systems are in maintenance mode.
Manufacturers leaning on outdated, stacked systems could very well find themselves left behind if they don’t modernize in order to keep pace with the explosive IoT. Gartner predicts that by 2020 the number of IoT devices will reach an astounding 50 billion. The need to maintain a system with zero downtime will continue to rise as the the existing network of physical devices grows.
There’s no better time to work on building optimal foundations for future asset management strategies and IIoT than now. With easy-to-deploy OT solutions that also provide low-maintenance upkeep, IA environments can be well on their way to delivering the strongest results possible for their clients
As we see more and more convergence of OT and IT, we are also witnessing an increase in the challenges faced by today’s OT professionals. We’ve seen an influx of OT professionals continuously being asked to support complex environments and infrastructures with dwindling resources. Making them ideal candidates for a technological solution that brings simplicity and reliability to their day-to-day work.
Jason Andersen, VP of Business Line Management, Stratus, sat down with Tony Veroeven, the host of CSIA’s “Talking Industrial Automation” podcast to discuss the life cycle of edge computing, the challenges facing industrial automation, and the inherent value of SI partnerships.
I am sure you know the difference between OT and IT professionals, but what about their different approaches when it comes to the edge and edge computing?
91% of respondents agree that as edge computing grows, organizations will need a simplified edge infrastructure that can be remotely managed.
In a new video, Adam Hamer, Advanced Electrical Technologies’ Automation Division Manager, explains that AET’s reputation is built on the systems they sell, and if those systems cause downtime for their customers, it’s a direct reflection on the business.
The seasons may be changing, but IT leaders have been and still are waging a constant war against complexity and risk. That’s one theme I spotted in our four most-read blogs this summer.