If your equipment goes down, how prepared are you to recover quickly? Most companies require some level of outside support – especially as they contend with skills shortages, obsolescence risks and increasing operational complexity
As companies continue to reinvent their operating models, products, production and value chains, their key goal is to minimize risk and maximize productivity. Manufacturers are challenged to keep up with advances in technology that can transform the plant floor. Your ability to support, maintain and keep your current systems running optimally – while also equipping your workers for success is critical.
Through innovation, domain expertise and a culture of integrity, Rockwell Automation offers the technology-specific expertise you need, adding value to your solutions throughout the lifecycle of your investment.
The challenges you face can vary by day, location and industry. You may have a skills gap looming on the horizon in one plant or region and need to improve safety in another. You may need to optimize performance of certain assets or an underperforming plant. Or you may be seeking to modernize technology across all of your sites. The capabilities of the Connected Enterprise can help you address some of today’s top manufacturing challenges.
However, to take advantage of the latest advances in mobility, artificial intelligence and other smart technologies, you must first address the challenges around convergence of Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT). This will allow you to capture the true value of data and analytics.
Networks and virtualization
Tighter integration between industrial assets on the production floor and the rest of the enterprise value chain requires secure networks and accessible data that can be managed under a common system. A robust, secure and scalable network infrastructure can help increase productivity and, more importantly, reduce risk.
Reducing cyber risk in your industrial infrastructure is of critical importance. By proactively discovering your vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and unsecured network connections, your cyber risk can be reduced. Managed services can help you monitor, administer and maintain your network and virtualization infrastructure.
Pre-engineered solutions such as the Rockwell Automation Industrial Data Center (IDC) helps ease the transition to a virtualized environment for your business, saving you time and money. It combines equipment from industry leaders that are pre-configured specifically for the manufacturing and production industries.
The Versa Virtual is a new addition to the IDC and comes fully configured with remote monitoring and administration attached. Therefore, it does not require a special IT or OT skill to set up and it provides the perfect platform for applications such as Innovation Suite or PlantPAx. Versa Virtual and family of IDCs allow Rockwell Automation to proactively support and manage all phases of the lifecycle.
Services for digital transformation
Companies need to modernize systems to remain sustainable and while transforming to a more digitally focused enterprise can be overwhelming, it is critical in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
At its core, digital transformation enables the sharing and exchange of data and information. This is more important now than ever before as we adapt to the rapidly changing demands on production, our supply chains, and on our workforce. When implemented appropriately, digital lets you easily share information between teams, across staggered shifts, or between levels of the organization.
The Lifecycle Services group at Rockwell Automation can provide support at any step of the way, whether it is designing a new plant or working through a digital transformation. Furthermore, because the need for analytics and related support can come at anytime, the group can also help make equipment more productive and secure through a digitally enabled lifecycle. By providing scalable services for small operations through to global, multimillion-dollar enterprises, the level of support can be customized to suit your requirements.
Connected services focused on the OT space – whether managing a single network or a full OT cybersecurity program rollout across the globe – can help you sustain growth. Together with on-site maintenance and support or technical support and training, all services are driven by data and analytics.
As IT and OT convergence takes precedence, cybersecurity is not only a must for your everyday operations, but it is also critical for your ongoing digital transformation program. A security posture that is based on a single technology like a firewall is not enough, especially when insider threats can be as much of a risk as outside threats. Work with those who specialize in the security of OT systems to integrate cybersecurity into your transformation plan and technology roadmap.
A good place to start
An Installed Base Evaluation makes it easy for you to collect and analyze critical performance information within your facility, helping you to plan for future.
It can be challenging to keep a firm grasp on your installed base. With production systems in place across multiple locations, industrial assets may have been supplied by various vendors and maintained by different workers.
Perhaps you do not know that you lack a critical spare part until production goes down. Or even worse, maybe that particular part is no longer manufactured. When you lose track of the systems and parts in your facilities, you face risks like obsolescence, parts shortages, and training gaps with personnel.