Cisco, Rockwell Automation release initial collaborative resources

Collaborative effort simplifies integration of plant floor and corporate networks to improve the flow and security of production information.

10/24/2007


Rockwell Automation has released resources for Reference Architectures for the manufacturing environment with Cisco. The Reference Architectures include design guides, white papers and an educational seminar series that addresses the technical and cultural convergence of manufacturing and IT.
These resources are intended to illustrate how using standard Ethernet technologies in IT and integrated manufacturing %%MDASSML%% including discrete, motion, process, batch, drive and safety applications %%MDASSML%% can help manufacturers establish highly secure information access on the manufacturing floor and across their enterprises.
The Reference Architectures offer detailed designs and best practice implementation guidance for a plant-wide or enterprise-wide architecture. They also bring together relevant applications, contemporary technologies and design principles that help decrease implementation costs and eliminate some of the guesswork related to deploying technology in manufacturing environments. A manufacturing advisory council identified the architectures as key to facilitating better collaboration between production operations and enterprise IT.
As part of the first phase of the Reference Architectures documents, the Design and Implementation Guide is based on Cisco’s “Ethernet to the Factory” solution and the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture. The guide outlines recommendations for implementing a cell/area zone architecture and describes design considerations for high availability. It also shares best practices for security, IP addressing and other important considerations for designing automation networks and integrating within the manufacturing enterprise to achieve greater visibility, better data integration, reduced costs and simplified management.
“The plant floor holds critical data that need to be connected to enterprise business systems for real-time production optimization and improved supply chain capabilities,” said Steve Eisenbrown, senior vice president, Rockwell Automation. “The technology is there in the form of EtherNet/IP and our software solutions, and Rockwell Automation and Cisco are committed to helping our joint customers use that technology to its fullest potential.”
“With this implementation guide, for the first time IT and manufacturing professionals can share a common document for planning a converged IP network including the factory floor and automation equipment,” said Harry Forbes, senior analyst at ARC Advisory Group. “I advise manufacturing operations that use Cisco and/or EtherNet/IP to get this document and to provide feedback for future phases of this Cisco/Rockwell Automation initiative.”
The Reference Architectures are part of an ongoing collaboration initiative between Rockwell Automation and Cisco. The two companies will continue to work closely with their customers to expand the Reference Architectures. The newly released Design and Implementation Guide joins other published documents identified by Rockwell Automation and Cisco that will help end users properly deploy networks. These documents include a Cisco-authored security white paper and white papers authored by ODVA member companies on the network infrastructure for EtherNet/IP, CIP networks using standard Ethernet, and switching and routing recommendations.
Rockwell Automation and Cisco announced their collaboration in April, making Rockwell Automation a Cisco industry solution partner in manufacturing. Rockwell Automation and Cisco also will hold a series of educational seminars, scheduled to begin later this year, to help organizations understand best practices for manufacturing-IT network convergence.





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
2016 Product of the Year; Diagnose bearing failures; Asset performance management; Testing dust collector performance measures
Safety for 18 years, warehouse maintenance tips, Ethernet and the IIoT, GAMS 2016 recap
2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40; Future vision: Where is manufacturing headed?; Electrical distribution, redefined
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Safety at every angle, Big Data's impact on operations, bridging the skills gap
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role of plant safety and offers advice on best practices.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me