To help navigate the new world of machine intelligence, we have teamed up with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to provide informative articles discussing the power of machine intelligence and how facilities can best utilize intelligence to enhance operations, productivity and uptime.
The concept of digitalization within the manufacturing industry can feel a bit like trying to build a bridge between two islands – IT and OT. Each side has been aware of the other and each understands the other’s importance. But the idea of connecting to one other can be met with resistance.
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.
Edge computing is moving away from the “edges” to become a mainstream approach and an important consideration in industries where real-time data is needed to drive better business decisions. We look at four key factors driving the success of edge computing.
Manufacturers leaning on outdated, stacked systems could very well find themselves left behind if they don’t modernize in order to keep pace with the explosive IoT.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.
Success with IIoT initiatives and control projects relies on engineers who can bridge the IT/OT divide and understand the critical requirements within the plant environment.
The right platform infrastructure for control applications that supports IIoT initiatives should be easy to use, easy to maintain and eliminate unplanned downtime. However, as applications become more complex and automation and enterprise networks become interconnected, the requirements of IT networks often become imposed on the operational technology world. This frequently creates unforeseen problems for automation engineers and system integrators. This webcast will help create IT and OT alignment for industrial computers, reduce risk, and create stronger project specifications.
Discover what options are available to satisfy IT, while delivering platforms simple to use and maintain by OT, in the control room and at the edge, where support can be a major challenge. As real-time control and analytics applications migrate towards the edge, often in preparation for, or as part of, a digitalization initiative, being able to provide a differentiated solution with best practices to meet OT needs can give system integrators an advantage.
In this webinar you will learn how to:
- Better gain IT and OT alignment on industrial computers for projects
- Reduce risk and create more effective industrial computer specifications for projects
Senior Director Industry Solutions, Stratus Technologies
John Fryer is the Senior Director Industry Solutions at Stratus Technologies, where he is responsible for go-to-market strategies and industry initiatives across all the company’s product lines. He has over 25 years of experience with systems and software products in a variety of engineering, marketing and executive roles at successful startups and major companies, including Motorola, Emerson Network Power and Oracle. His experience includes more than 15 years working with high-availability solutions for the enterprise, automation and networking industries.
Content Manager & Moderator, CFE Media
Mark Hoske has been Control Engineering editor / content manager since 1994 and in a leadership role since 1999, covering all major areas: control systems, networking and information systems, control equipment and energy, and system integration, everything that comprises or facilitates the control loop.
When the future is indefinitely smart machines and everything and anything can be a service, you must stop to ask yourself, when does it makes sense for industrial operations to take this on? As we embark on the next revolution with Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation IA is undertaking, is the OT infrastructure ready for XaaS?
For most the path to IIoT will be an evolutionary journey. Before you can start to tap the potential of next-generation, big data-driven, intelligent automation, you must modernize the foundation on which it is built. And that means taking a hard look at existing operational technology. Modernizing your infrastructure will deliver incredible benefits in terms of reliability and manageability to create a future-proof platform to build your organization’s IIoT strategy.