To stay competitive, manufacturers must leverage their digitalisation through industrial IoT and resilient industrial networks.

To improve efficiency, optimise processes and gain relevance in local and European markets, manufacturers in the UK have an increasing need to gather and analyse production data, either remotely or at the Edge.

For that, a Secure Network Architecture provides secure remote and on-premise access to an organization’s applications, data, and services based on pre-defined access control policies. Combined with ZTNA, resilient IT solutions, and comprehensive IT/OT Integration, it creates a powerful tool to increase process flexibility and operational efficiency. Julian Smith, CEO of Polestar Industrial IT, mentions that, with an IIoT service, manual tasks like data collection and machinery inspection can be automated, centralised and made available to virtually anyone and anywhere.

Although these systems can form a powerful Cloud-to-Edge platform, production plants and SMEs need to set and improve their connectivity, so communications between systems are performed properly and securely. That is where IT service providers, network integrators and industrial networking companies enter to play a key role in improving manufacturing efficiency.

 

The role of Industrial IT in IoT

Oliver Selby, BD manager at FANUC Robotics, comments: “Polestar’s systems provide organisations with a fast, powerful environment to store and analyse their production and business data”, nevertheless, their platforms need segmented and redundant networks to support an IoT service. “We are pleased that Polestar Industrial IT expertise as an IT support leader and network integrator can efficiently support our systems in the UK and Europe, helping our customers to reach optimal operations”, Oliver highlights.

“Manufacturers must understand that operational efficiencies through traditional cost-cutting strategies provide only marginal returns. To stay competitive, manufacturers must leverage their digitalisation through robust networks and resilient industrial systems to take full advantage of their production and customer data. That is where they can become exponentially agile and efficient”, Julian further adds.

Not all factories that are transforming their operations are using industrial IoT yet. Most start with traditional Operational Technologies (OT) such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software to connect their systems at the plant floor, control industrial processes, and gather production data.

However, to achieve exponential efficiencies, it is not enough to control machinery through simple connections to OT. Nowadays it is key to access Edge, Cloud, and internet-based technologies to connect machinery and OT to enterprise systems through secure industrial IT (OT/IT Convergence).

As enterprise systems increasingly operate through the Internet, along with thousands of Apps that help manufacturers to access advanced analytics, automate and improve processes, the Industrial Internet of Things has become a necessity, more than a luxury.

 

An Edge-to-Cloud Service

An Edge to Cloud system is an IIoT platform that improves efficiency and productivity across all manufacturing processes. From numerical control processing to preventive maintenance, all your production data can be accessed and analysed both locally and in the cloud for agile decision-making. Besides connecting all manufacturing devices & systems, an Edge to Cloud Service also allows third-party applications and converters for devices, enhancing centralised management of equipment, vendors and data, as well as data sharing on the factory floor and across geographically dispersed plants.

A Demo unit for Polestar’s Edge to Cloud systems is currently available for businesses in the UK and Europe, and it can be implemented regardless of the make of their machinery and field devices, or the Enterprise systems and type of networks they have implemented.

 

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Polestar Industrial IT

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