IIoT

Rubberlite Video Case Study

By | Availability, Case Studies, ftServer, Industrial Automation, Manufacturing, Video

Rubberlite Video Case Study

Rubberlite, a privately-owned West Virginia based company, custom engineers medium density free-rise polyurethane foams at a variety of specifications for over 1600 customers globally in such industries as aviation, medical, apparel, furniture and more. They had the goals of developing innovative processes and becoming a world-class organization, and improving their infrastructure with an operationally simple and continuously available solution from Stratus was a critical first step. Read More

Why a Modern Operational Infrastructure Is Crucial for Industrial Automation

By | IIoT, Industrial Automation, Manufacturing, On Demand Webinars

The industrial Internet of the Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 and “big data” analytics are all topics at the forefront of the industrial automation world. While they represent the future of generating increased efficiencies for plant operations, it is not where most automation organizations are focused today. The majority of automation engineers and managers face the challenge of what to do with their existing automation infrastructure to prepare for a future more digital world with new analytics, applications and increased connectivity.

This webinar, hosted by John Fryer, Senior Director of Industry Solutions for Stratus Technologies, will examine the steps that automation organizations can take to prepare for this new digital world and demonstrate how incremental investments can streamline existing operations to generate near-term savings while laying the foundation for future IIoT and Industry 4.0 applications.

You will learn about:

  • How modernizing your automation infrastructure prepares you for IIoT and Industry 4.0
  • Key considerations for upgrading your automation infrastructure
  • Best practices in realizing a modern automation infrastructure
  • The ease of updating existing applications and adding new ones
  • Real benefits you can gain today and in the future

The webinar will also touch on key technologies and strategies that are key in realizing a modern automation infrastructure including:

  • Virtualization as the underpinning for a simplified and cost-effective automation infrastructure
  • Utilizing best practices for protecting virtual environments to simplify redundancy
  • Preventing application degradation and failures that consume time and resources
  • Understanding key success factors, including the speed of recovery, protection against data loss, integration with existing environments, ease of use and optimizing TCO

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Featured Speaker

John Fryer
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.

Digitization: Critical Considerations for Pharma

By | IIoT, Industrial Automation, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, On Demand Webinars

For most of a generation now, the pharmaceutical industry has been on a cautious journey from manual, paper-intensive methods toward more automated, electronic ways to make a product.

While adopting IIoT in stages is a common strategy, making sure your company is progressing through the right stages is critical.

Before you can begin to tap the potential of next-generation, big data-driven, intelligent automation, you need to modernize the foundation on which it is built. Failure to do so can mean production delays, compliance issues, and spending more energy worrying about the tools than the problems they should fix.

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • Digitization’s full potential: moving to electronic systems; electronic procedures and new industry standards
  • Modernizing automation: bringing legacy systems up to speed; risks of not modernizing
  • IIoT consideration checklist: journey to the edge and the consequences of edge system failure
  • The path to a digital enterprise: fault tolerance and operational simplicity; predictive, preventive and proactive support; future vision

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Featured Speaker

Jay Jeffreys
Director of Industry Solutions, Stratus Technologies

Jay Jeffreys is a director of industry solutions for Stratus Technologies, providing always-on computing for industrial applications. He has decades of industry experience in design, marketing, construction and project management with advanced process automation and operations management systems. He has delivered successful projects in food, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, chemical, mining, and discrete manufacturing industries. He has been a regional engineering supervisor at Bechtel, a senior principal consultant at Oracle, and managed consulting and distribution channel practices for Wonderware, Citect and Emerson Process Management. He’s a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis and a senior member of ISA, the International Society for Automation, where he has developed courses and worked on their SP88 international batch standards, ISA95 Manufacturing Operations Management and ISA106 procedural automation standards efforts.

Asset Performance in the Age of the IIoT

By | Food and Beverage, IIoT, Industrial Automation, Manufacturing, On Demand Webinars

A reliable plant is a safe plant, a wise person once said. It’s also a profitable one, and more likely to give its customers the quality and consistency they expect from their favorite brands. So with the promised wave of ubiquitous sensing and connected devices, we may soon see new ways of maximizing that value, quality, safety and profitability through predictive, reliability centered maintenance.

But if those tools and analytics are not built on a stable, simple, absolutely reliable platform we may spend more energy worrying about the tools than the problems they should fix. This webinar will take a look at secure, simple and reliable platforms that can support the promise of the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). We’ll talk about:

  • Measures of asset performance
  • Cost of downtime vs Cost of uptime
  • Some current Unique Challenges in Food Processing
  • Engineering an Easy Path to reliable operations
  • Future Trends: Considerations for the IIoT

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Featured Speaker

Jay Jeffreys
Director, Industry Solutions at Stratus Technologies

Jay Jeffreys is a director of industry solutions for Stratus Technologies, providing always-on computing for industrial applications. He has decades of industry experience in design, marketing, construction and project management with advanced process automation and operations management systems. He has delivered successful projects in food, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, chemical, mining, and discrete manufacturing industries. He has been a regional engineering supervisor at Bechtel, a senior principal consultant at Oracle, and managed consulting and distribution channel practices for Wonderware, Citect and Emerson Process Management. He’s a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis and a senior member of ISA, the International Society for Automation, where he has developed courses and worked on their SP88 international batch standards, ISA95 Manufacturing Operations Management and ISA106 procedural automation standards efforts.

Living on the Edge – New techniques for protecting data in the Era of IIoT

By | Edge Computing, IIoT, Industrial Automation, Manufacturing, On Demand Webinars

The “Things” of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will show their true value when actionable business intelligence information can be pulled from the data they provide. However, current analytics products are only the tip of the iceberg. As the future approaches, next generation analytics and artificial intelligence technologies will support data and real time decision making at the point of production. Practitioners must realize that this data is critical, and needs to be protected and continuously available.

Delivering this protection at the Edge requires a much more dynamic approach than has traditionally been used for data connectivity, or cloud based solutions.

Join Craig Resnick of the ARC Advisory Group and Jason Andersen of Stratus Technologies as they delve into:

  • The evolution of IIoT and data criticality
  • Techniques for protecting and ensuring the continuous availability of data
  • The success of organizations who are “living on the edge” having already deployed simple, secure, and reliable edge based solutions.

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Featured Speaker

Craig Resnick
Vice President, ARC Advisory Group

Craig Resnick is the primary analyst for many of ARC’s Automation Supplier and Financial Services clients. Craig’s focus areas include Production Management, OEE, HMI Software, Automation Platforms, and Embedded Systems. Craig has 30 years’ experience in sales, marketing, product development, and project management in the industrial market, gained with major suppliers of PLCs, process control systems, power transmission equipment, and field devices. Craig is a graduate of Northeastern University with an MBA and BS in Electrical Engineering.

Jason Andersen
Vice President, Business Line Management, Stratus Technologies

Jason Andersen is Vice President of Business Line Management and leads the team responsible for setting the business strategy and product roadmaps for Stratus Products and Services. Jason has a deep understanding of both on-premise and cloud based infrastructure for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and has been responsible for the successful market delivery of hardware, software and cloud products and services for almost 20 years. He is currently spearheading the company’s initiatives to assist partners and customers evolve their existing Industrial Automation footprint into IIoT enabled architectures. Jason is frequently sought out for his thought leadership on industry trends, challenges and best practices. Prior to joining Stratus in 2013, Jason was Director of Product Line Management at Red Hat. In this role, he was responsible for the go to market strategy, and product introductions for JBoss Application Products. Jason also previously held Product Management positions at IBM Software Group.

Bill Lydon
Moderator, Editor, Automation.com

A veteran writer and editor, Bill Lydon has more than 25 years of experience designing and applying technology in the automation and controls industry. He’s held positions at Sundstrand, Johnson Controls, and Wago, and was president of an industrial control software company.

Virtualization

ESG Solution Showcase: Stratus ftServer Enhances VMware High Availability

By | Analyst Reports, Application Availability, Financial Select, Food & Bev Select, Food and Beverage, ftServer, ftServer Select, Healthcare, High Availability, Life Sciences, Life Select, Manu Select, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas Select, Oil and Gas, Power and Utilities, Power Select, Telco select, Virtualization, Water and Wastewater
 

Analyst report

ESG Solution Showcase: Stratus ftServer Enhances VMware High Availability

Increasing the availability of VMware virtual machines is about “and” instead of “or”

Organizations today are more dependent on their IT resources than ever. As a result, IT teams are transforming their data centers through server virtualization, even as they face increasing pressure to meet tight SLAs, increase agility, and reduce costs. IT infrastructures built upon VMware can increase the availability of the systems that matter most to organizations (without requiring any changes to long-term IT strategy or day-to-day IT management) by utilizing Stratus ftServer platforms as their hosts.
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IIoT

AutomaTech case study

By | ftServer, Industrial Automation, Manu Select, Manufacturing, Video
 

Video

5 Nines Fault Tolerance: AutomaTech

AutomaTech sells automation and manufacturing equipment software and hardware solutions to the manufacturing, water, utility, life science and food and beverage industries. AutomaTech’s customers use process automation with HMI SCADA with MES, and these applications and the processes they support can’t ever experience downtime. And that’s why AutomaTech chooses to run these solutions with Stratus’ 5 nines fault tolerance solutions.
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