When a noted and iconic food and beverage company with a global reputation of being a trusted producer of delicious foods puts its trust in Rockwell Automation, there’s every chance that this is a good recipe for success.
The challenges experienced with information sharing over a number of manufacturing sites around the world would require an innovative solution to align multiple processes, people and geographies — laying the foundations for their journey towards a Connected Enterprise.
Given the size of the organization, converging the plant floor operational technology with the office layer IT infrastructure globally was not a small undertaking, but it was certainly a very important one to meet growing production and business goals.
Smart manufacturing drives productivity and profitability. It requires highly connected plants so devices and processes can be continually monitored and optimised.
Through The Connected Enterprise®, Rockwell Automation helps food and beverage manufacturers offer a more agile response to changing manufacturing and consumer demands. The company works with customers to help them converge plant-level and enterprise networks, and securely connects people, processes and technologies.
Leveraging data from the Industrial Internet of Things 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,” explained Sean Doherty, Food & Beverage account manager, Rockwell Automation.
“In the first instance, it was vital to create a back up 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 back up of the control system layer using FactoryTalk® AssetCentre and was built offsite in our facility in Auckland,” he added.
The majority of the commissioning was performed remotely and was a seamless process. The engineers were onsite for a week but once it was connected to the plant’s network, the remote support centre did the rest of the commissioning process remotely.