For an iconic food and beverage company with a global presence, sharing information among many manufacturing sites around the world can be challenging. A good recipe to align multiple processes, people and locations requires a solution that converges both operational technology (OT) and IT.
Smart manufacturing drives productivity and profitability. It requires highly connected plants so devices and processes can be continually monitored and optimized.
Given the size of the organization, converging the plant floor OT with the office layer IT infrastructure globally was not a small undertaking, but certainly an important one to meet growing production and business goals.
Leveraging data from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the basis of a Connected Enterprise approach. “It was important for us to gain an understanding of the existing IT layer and applications as well as considering the future roadmap and requirements,” explains Sean Doherty, Food & Beverage account manager, Rockwell Automation.
“In the first instance, it was vital to create a backup of the control layer of the plant so if there were any issues, the disaster recovery would seamlessly take place. The IDC provides a complete backup of the control system layer using FactoryTalk® AssetCentre and was built off-site in our facility in Auckland (New Zealand),” he adds.