The ability to gather and analyse reams of data from across the entire production value chain and use that data to optimise processes – both in real time and predictively – is one of the key drivers for Smart Manufacturing that offers transformative potential for industrial enterprises, from manufacturers to energy producers.
In the world of data that exists today, the criticality of analytics and the IIoT to real-time processes means that 100% availability at the edge is a must for decision-making and optimal operations. This is something that needs to be addressed at the get-go; not as an afterthought. Systems will need to be autonomous and able to identify and fix problems without human intervention. In addition, the need for all the “things” to interconnect and operate with each other, will drive a need for standards.
For most industrial enterprises, the path to IIoT will be an evolutionary journey. Before you can begin to tap the potential of next-generation, big data-driven, intelligent automation, you need to modernise the foundation on which it is built. And that means taking a good, hard look at your existing operational technology.
Modernising your infrastructure will deliver tremendous benefits in terms of reliability and manageability right now, and create a solid future-ready platform on which to build your organisation’s IIoT strategy.
Continuous availability solutions that simultaneously reduce system complexity and increase operational simplicity are a mandatory requirement for Smart Manufacturing”, said Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group. “Industrial enterprises require knowledge-based solutions that can seamlessly deploy technologies, such as IIoT, big data, analytics, edge and cloud, in a converging autonomous environment where an evolving and resized workforce can best leverage all the business benefits of continuous availability with minimal training and experience.Craig ResnickVice President, ARC Advisory Group
Stratus brings proven availability solutions take the complexity out of availability for organisations looking to leverage IIoT. Offering fault-tolerant availability, operational simplicity, and performance insights that span connected environments, Stratus ensures companies with future ready automated critical infrastructures never experience unscheduled downtime, saving millions in losses and preventing reputational damage.
The Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork is critical to helping customers on their journey to achieve The Connected Enterprise and Stratus has been an active member of the Encompass Product Referencing Program since 2006”, said Paula Bognar, Manager Encompass Product Referencing Program, Rockwell Automation. “Innovation targeted around IIoT is a great step forward in addressing the changing needs that manufacturers face today. Virtualisation solutions – like the Stratus Always-On Infrastructure for IIoT – can provide scalability through flexible connectivity and reliable information sharing from the plant floor to the enterprisePaula BognarManager Encompass Product Referencing Program, Rockwell Automation
Stratus is our “go to” partner when we want to deliver the highest level of availability to our customers across water, waste water, gas, life sciences and food and beverage industries”, said Tom Schiller, President, AutomaTech. “These customers need to be running 24/7 and can’t afford to have even a minute of downtime. The Stratus systems are so reliable that many of our customers have been running the same system for 5 to 10 years. This, combined with the reduced complexity they deliver for virtualised environments, will continue to become even more important as Industrial Automation evolves towards IIoT.Tom SchillerPresident, AutomaTech