Cisco Americas Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/rss/Recent AnnouncementsThu, 20 Jun 2019 01:07:07 -0700IT and OT Convergence is Required for Digital Transformationhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10601Numerous factors drive a company's focus and initiatives when it comes to running their business. Improving shareholder return, maximizing profits, lowering costs, providing a great place to work, and a focus on customer satisfaction are a few of the main areas that we see when talking to our clients.2019-06-10http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10601/ Human Machine Interface: An Issue of Trusthttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10602One of the many unique aspects of the manufacturing industry is its diversity of operating systems in terms of purpose, vintage and version. Besides the real-time operating system of controls, you could argue the only other operating system within manufacturing is Windows. Although that is technically untrue, Windows certainly covers greater than 90 percent of the installed base.2019-06-10http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10602/ Bottled Better: Coca-Cola’s Connected Factory approachhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10530When the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States recently increased their number of production centers from 5 to 13 (through acquisition) they knew that getting them to work together would be a challenge. With issues around proprietary infrastructure, an explosion of data, and the age old issue of IT vs. OT, integration had to start off solid. So they turned to a trusted partner, Cisco. 2019-05-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10530/ Autonomous Robot Debut Celebration at Cisco Systemshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10485Cisco Systems is deploying a creative solution to achieve a new zero waste goal for its Research Triangle Park (RTP) campus. With a current waste diversion rate around 65%, getting to zero waste (diverting 90% of all waste generated on campus from landfill) is no easy feat. Part of the strategy to meet this goal is to add composting and prioritize the use of reusable dishes in its cafeteria. 2019-05-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10485/ Future-Proofing the Manufacturing Industry Against an Aging Workforcehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10431For many decades, the manufacturing sector in the United States benefitted from a consistent labor pool from which to draw talent. However, the rising, younger generation of potential employees are no longer drawn to manufacturing jobs like their parents and grandparents. Companies such as Google tend to attract a higher rate of younger skilled workers than the likes of GE. This presents a serious skills gap for manufacturers, faced with an aging workforce and fewer options to replace them when they retire. 2019-04-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10431/ Cybersecurity Canadian Stylehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10432At the CME (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters) “Dare to Compete” event in Winnipeg, Canada, likeminded people come together to share their experiences and ideas for the greater good of manufacturing. The event is community focused and the goal is to connect with peers, drive innovation, and compete in today’s global market. The day began with discussions around company priorities and a need to focus on employees (with retention and obtaining new talent in mind).2019-04-15http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10432/ John Graham and Cisco's "First Team" Honoree for Cloud Computinghttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10259Every year, Automation World magazine uses and open-ended survey of automation professionals to ask them who their favorite suppliers are for technology. For 2019, Cisco was selected as a first team honoree for Cloud Computing.2019-03-07http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10259/ Cisco Forms Partnership with Habitat for Humanityhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10233Cisco employees from North and South America have recently traveled to Georgia to help build homes as part of a new national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Cisco provided the funding and volunteers from their Americas sales team to help construct the homes over 12 week-long builds. 2019-03-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10233/ Cisco Volunteers Help Build Habitat Home in Forsyth Countyhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10234Cisco Systems employees from North and South America have traveled to Georgia to help build homes with two families as part of a new national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Cisco provided funding and volunteers from its Americas sales team helped construct the houses. 2019-03-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10234/ Cisco Enters National Partnership with Habitat for Humanityhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10205Cisco employees from North and South America have traveled to Georgia to help build homes with two families as part of a new national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Cisco provided funding, and volunteers from their Americas sales team helped construct the homes over 12 weeklong builds.2019-02-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10205/ How to Address Plant Floor Data Security Threatshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10197In order to fully understand data passing through an industrial network, one needs to take a deep dive and analyze the data itself. In other words, when we have data moving from controllers to I/O blocks, how do we actually know it’s the right data?2019-02-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10197/ Volunteers Help Build Two New Habitat Homes in Forsyth Countyhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10191Two families saw the start of their new Habitat for Humanity homes in northeast Forsyth County in October. The families, Jennefer and Jeremy Stephens, Dwaine Davenport and Copen Kendrick participated int the first-nail ceremony. 2019-02-26http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10191/ Cybersecurity Helps Manufacturers Create More Secure, Resilient Networkshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10188If you know anyone who has a current state-of-the-art pacemaker, most likely it can be programmed via a Windows-based computer at the doctor’s office. Most pacemakers use near-field communications, which means they can only communicate with another device at a distance of 1 or 2 inches, making direct access difficult for a potential hacker. 2019-02-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10188/ The Key to Any Successful Industrial Digitalisation Projecthttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10149Intelligent use of real-time data is critical to successful industrial digitalisation. However, ensuring that data flows effectively is just as critical to success. Todd Gurela explains the importance of getting your manufacturing network right. 2019-02-18http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10149/ 2019 Leadership in Automation: First Team Honoreeshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10112Automation technologies are so regularly installed with the idea that they will last for years or even decades that it’s no surprise buyers tend to be steadfast in their loyalties to one company or another. Given that, it’s really not a surprise that Automation World’s readers show fairly consistent loyalties year after year as they judge the Leadership in Automation First Team Honorees. But in this, our ninth year of the program, we’re starting to see a few changes as end users wend their way through the maze of new technologies related to the Internet of Things (IIoT), collaborative robots, edge and cloud computing, and more. 2019-02-08http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10112/ Questionable Headlines Can Drive Bad Security Decisionshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9975Security is hard enough without your executives knee-jerking to the latest FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) filled headlines and demanding answers or solutions to problems you either already solved or don’t even apply. It gets worse when those headlines themselves are in error and your over-subscribed teams end up burning time you don’t have, or even worse, altering sound thoughtful policy just to give a positive “fixed it” answer to the wrong question.2018-12-21http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9975/ Intent-Based Industrial Networkshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9906Manufacturing networks today are massive and pass quite a bit of unutilized data. These networks also have a lot of equipment on them that, from time to time, is moved around where the plant floor is re-optimized to make people and machinery more efficient. 2018-12-05http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9906/ Join Cisco at Automation Fair 2018http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9776The city of brotherly love will become the center of manufacturing this fall as Automation Fair comes into town, November 14-15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Just like in the past, the two days will be packed with be vendors, forums, hands-on labs, technical sessions and an opportunity to network with your industry peers. The entire two days are also free to attend. 2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9776/ Turn Fear into an Advantagehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9711It is the season for scary Halloween movies, and the most terrifying ones are often about the unknown. It’s easy to grasp a frightening ghost, monster, or some lunatic chasing after a group of folks whose van broke down in the wrong town. However, the unknown allows for another level of paranoia because you never know what’s coming next. 2018-10-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9711/ Security, Yes, Cameras Provide Other Valuehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9591Security cameras have long been used in many different business settings to protect against theft and keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. Only fairly recently, though, have manufacturers recognized the unique value cameras can bring to warehouses, distribution centers, and factory floors.2018-09-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9591/ Magnifying Visibility in OT Environmenthttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9478Mid- to large-sized enterprises have, for many years, built the operational technology (OT) environment like an egg – a hard exterior protected by traditional security elements such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, and malware detection (if you are lucky) with a soft interior leaving critical operational assets at risk against advanced threats and non-existent visibility. 2018-08-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9478/ Determinism on the Shop Floorhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9480Until recently, communications technologies like Ethernet and OPC Unified Architecture (UA) have experienced limited success in supporting complex industrial processes with real-time requirements. This, in turn, has restricted the applications discrete and process manufacturers could adopt. New developments, however, promise to address these shortcomings. 2018-08-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9480/ Know Your Vendor Before a Partnershiphttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9107Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployments are prone to breaches due to minimal security. This state of affairs is because – in addition to the intelligent connected sensors and machines that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) – IIoT is also comprised of everything in the industrial world that predates the dawn of IT. 2018-07-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9107/ Why Middle Market Manufacturers Might be the Solutionhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9101Many of us have heard the pros and cons of big and small manufacturers. Big manufacturers typically have greater access to capital, more advanced technology and more relationships. Small manufacturers tend to be quicker to respond to consumer demands. But what we haven’t heard much about are the middle market manufacturers. Cisco's Eric Ehlers is featured in this roundup article.2018-07-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9101/ Manufacturing In the Middle: Growth, Opportunity and New Challengeshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9071There is no one size fits all view when it comes to manufacturing. Large, advanced plants are using a plethora of advanced manufacturing processes, robots and data as a core part of their operations. There are emerging startups who are lean and able to respond to changing customer demands quickly. Then there are also a lot of companies in the middle, ranging from around 10 million in revenue up to 1 billion in revenue and are a significant impact on the overall economy.2018-07-05http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9071/ With Changing Rules, Knowledge is Key to Digitizing Factorieshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9054There is no single route to digital success in Manufacturing. That was quite clear to me from listening the many keynotes and panels during Cisco’s first regional Digital Manufacturing Summit in Seoul late May. Everyone had a different approach, strategy or partnership solution. Although the speakers agreed on many things; how they managed data, why they made certain digital decisions and how they chose to optimize operations varied – sometimes slightly but frankly frequently a great deal! 2018-06-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9054/ How Beam Suntory is Taking Bourbon High Techhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9038Kentucky is famous for fried chicken, tobacco and thoroughbreds, and it produces about 95% of the world's bourbon. While this amber liquid is steeped in tradition, one manufacturer is learning a few new high-tech tricks. At Beam Suntory, the key is using digital manufacturing from Rockwell Automation and Cisco to change its business models, improve efficiencies, streamline logistics and update its network.2018-06-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9038/ IIoT is Here, but Learn to Securehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9042It’s a fact: Most people are worried about data breaches. While 42 percent of respondents appreciate the value that can be delivered with Internet of Things (IoT) data, only 9 percent consider their data secure, according to a Cisco IoT Value/Trust Paradox report, based on a survey of 3,000 consumers.2018-06-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9042/ Artificial Intelligence is Already Behind Your Next Beerhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9028Technology is changing all industries. A clear example of this is that even the manufacturers of alcoholic beverages have had to adopt digital tools and solutions to improve their production, logistics and security. Beam Suntory's Amon Hogue, global senior network architect, talks about how they are working with Cisco and Rockwell Automation to improve their processes and automate a large part of them.2018-06-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9028/ Driving Production Efficiency with Datahttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9029Cisco's Eric Ehlers is quoted in an A&S International article, “Driving Production Efficiency with Data.” He talks about how data can be used to drive enhanced supply chain utilization and prototyping of new products:2018-06-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9029/