Worker safety, product quality, and equipment obsolescence are ongoing challenges. At the same time, security threats can disrupt control systems, create new safety risks, and put your intellectual property in jeopardy.
Incorporating risk management into your smart manufacturing approach can help you address these challenges to protect both your assets and your company brand.
Risk management should be directed at the areas where incidents such as worker injuries, data breaches, and product recalls originate. In many cases, that is your industrial automation infrastructure.
The four key areas that your risk management efforts should address include:
Industrial security risks threaten more than intellectual property loss, disrupted operations, and compromised product quality. They also can endanger human and environmental safety. Compromised safety systems can expose individual workers and entire facilities to safety risks. In addition, tampered or disrupted systems can threaten the food, medication, water, and energy supplies that populations depend on.
When you integrate safety and security in a connected enterprise and follow key steps, you can assess, manage, and mitigate the safety implications of security risks.
New regulations aim to strengthen supply chains and improve product traceability. These regulations create new requirements for food, pharmaceutical, metals, and other manufacturers to implement serialization or traceability solutions.
A holistic serialization system can help you meet these requirements and create seamless data sharing across the supply chain and traceability down to the saleable unit level. A serialization or track-and-trace system also offers additional business benefits. Reverse logistics, for example, can help you conduct more efficient product recalls and provide valuable data for improved forecasting.