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    • How to improve the connectivity of you manufacturing enterprise?

      What if you could take your “indoor” network – that you know and trust – anywhere? What if you could securely connect your assets in outdoor or industrial spaces? What if you could manage it all from a single pane of glass? What if there was a simple solution that could do it all? Look no further, because Cisco Industrial Networking helps you do all of that with security, scalability, and agility. Cisco Industrial Networking enables you to extend your network anywhere, providing: Security: Manage security with policy-based automation, complete visibility and control, and assurance across all network areas. Scalability: Leverage Cisco’s software-centric, automated approach to scale. Agility: Shorten deployment cycles with the Cisco Catalyst® solutions you know. Manage all network devices with the same tools you already own and trust. Flexibility: Deploy devices that can withstand dust, water, extreme temperatures, and vibration. To know more about Polestar & Cisco Industrial Networking just Download the following document: Key components include: Cisco Catalyst IE3200, IE3300, and IE3400 Rugged Series switches provide full Gigabit Ethernet speeds and advanced features for handling large amounts of real-time data in a modular and optimized design. They are hardened to withstand extreme temperature exposure as well as severe shock and vibration. Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Heavy Duty Series switches have a robust and innovative feature set and are ideal for the harshest environments, as they are dustproof and waterproof (IP67 rated). Scale with centralized and consistent policy management across the entire network. Enable intent-based networking all the way to the IoT edge with Cisco DNA Center. Connect, manage, and secure all your assets anywhere with confidence. Click here to get the full document. #Industry40TechnologiesUK

    • What is the U.K. Missing from Industrial IoT?

      The Internet of Things (IoT) has been with us since the early noughties. Smart mobile devices, smart metering, and even smart motorways are just a few of the applications of IoT. In the business and commercial sectors however, the adoption of IoT technology – often termed IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) has been a slower process. The IIoT movement has been spearheaded by industry leaders such as Siemens, Cisco and Rockwell. Germany, Denmark and Japan have been the countries with the largest numbers of early adopters. But how does IIoT differ from IoT? IIoT refers solely to the manufacturing environment - whereas the term IoT is more widely used in the consumer environment. IIoT is a mixture of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and big data technologies. This is achieved by harvesting sensor data and integrating it into high levels of automation. The concept behind IIoT is that smart machines and automated systems are better than humans at capturing and communicating data accurately. This data can enable companies to identify inefficiencies and problems before they become too costly. In the manufacturing sector IIoT holds great potential for quality control, sustainability and environmentally friendly practices, supply chain traceability and greater operational efficiency. Although IIoT has been hailed as key to Industry 4.0 and manufacturing growth, many companies in the UK are still lagging behind their European counterparts in implementing it. This may be because some governments have recognised that IIoT has the capability to transform the way their home companies do business, effectively also making it a social movement. For example, in Europe the 'Mittelstand' (Small and Medium-sized enterprises within German speaking countries) are already amongst the biggest users of industrial technology. Having understood the potential of IIoT, these companies are adopting the technologies and training their staff accordingly. Significant government support has empowered them to aim for flexible manufacturing and innovation to increase output. In the UK, businesses have not enjoyed the same level of support. Even so, industry in the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, centred around the core cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle, have made significant progress on their own initiative. In Europe the 'Mittelstand' (Small and Medium-sized enterprises within German speaking countries) are already amongst the biggest users of industrial technology. Having understood the potential of IIoT, these companies are adopting the technologies and training their staff accordingly. Nevertheless, specialists say that British companies have barely scratched the surface. They need to do much more if they are to capitalise on IIoT and Industry 4.0, so if IIoT makes perfect economic sense what’s stopping UK PLC from getting stuck in? The biggest challenge is the lack of investment in training and education which means preserving skills and an ageing workforce have become growing constraints on productivity. The engineering sector has been hit the hardest by the lack of skills and this is why new technologies fall by the wayside for many businesses, as their primary focus is to find and retain good workers to keep up production levels. Digitisation is not going to be an ‘employment problem’ – it’s an opportunity to (re-)train the next generation of skilled, competent and entrepreneurial staff. With persistent Government involvement, education and training, youngsters could be steered towards STEM disciplines. Our young people require more classes on creating software, learning electrical applications and generally gaining an appreciation of practical and analytical skills. The second challenge is the mentality of UK industry leaders; many people in the IT industry are preoccupied with upselling instead of focusing on customisation, reliability and taking controlled risks for their customers. It is therefore hardly surprising that IT is not trusted and is seen as immature or even a threat. Industry needs to be 'wooed' by IT vendors – it does not need fast changing technology and 'the next best thing' to dictate its requirements. IT vendors need to build products that will last for years and which meet high availability standards. Raising awareness is undoubtedly the key to change. This can be achieved by creating regional centres of excellence and targeting local business communities to inform and educate them (socialising). They are already doing this in Holland – they call it 'Smart Industry'. Determining when and where to invest in new manufacturing technology has never been more risky or more crucial to success, but with a few incentives from the government and increased interest in STEM disciplines the UK could become an industrial powerhouse rivalling Germany’s Mittelstand. Easy, ja!? - Julian Smith, Managing Director #Industry40TechnologiesUK

    • Webinar: Lean and Green Food Manufacturing

      The first of our 2021 webinar series! Get tips, solutions and real case studies from the experts to achieve energy efficiency and savings in your Food Manufacturing Enterprise. Wednesday, 24th of February, 2021. 15:00 GMT. Online Event. Register at: https://www.polestarinteractive.com/webinar-lean-manufacturing-food It can sometimes feel that manufacturing and refrigeration power consumption are an uncontrolled cost centre. Food manufacturers are also under pressure to cut costs and save money. This has only been heightened by the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic. Through better energy efficiency, food manufacturers can lower their bills, increase their equipment uptime, and ensure peak performance. An added benefit is sustainability and a lower carbon footprint. Along with Crowley Carbon, we will explore the possibilities for plant directors, facility managers and site engineers. We’ll literally give you more energy this year! Topics to be discussed will be: IIoT Strategy and how Industry 4.0 Technology can help to boost productivity. Realistically achieving efficiency from Capex and production. How to collect and understand production data. Fast, Simple and Accurate reporting with understandable and relevant KPIs. Understanding the flow of energy and the energy usage of your facility. Tools for CSR and CI. Expected Audience This webinar is designed for CEOs, CTOs, COOs, Production Managers, Heads of Engineering, Plant Directors, Facility Managers and Site Engineers from the Food Manufacturing Industry. Next Events If you can't make it to this session no worries, we will be holding other Industry 4.0 events during 2021. Just keep checking the following link: https://www.polestarinteractive.com/industry40-events-offers Past Events Want to know what we've been up to? Check our YouTube channel where you'll find Industry 4.0 related events that we've hosted: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=webinars #Industry40TechnologiesUK

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    • Industrial IoT Services | Polestar IIoT

      IIoT & Industry 4.0 by Polestar Interactive C onnected, Secure and Smart Manufacturing ...Anytime, Anywhere All IIoT Services Industrial IoT Services & Technologies Our Industrial Internet of Things solutions for global manufacturers allow all systems, machinery, people and processes to become securely hyper-connected and hyper-aware; with high flexibility and scalability. We help you achieve a clear overview of what is happening in every part of your productive ecosystem, to increase cybersecurity, avoid operational downtime, and improve efficiency . IIoT Transparent Hexagon What is Industrial IoT? Interested in Implementing Industry 4.0 Technologies? Just Contact Us IIoT CONNECTIVITY Know More M2M TECHNOLOGY Know More IT | OT CONVERGENCE Know More DATA ARCHITECTURES Know More DATA CENTER MANAGEMENT Know More DATA ANALYTICS Know More INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION Know More IIoT NETWORKS Know More NETWORK SECURITY Know More DATA SECURITY Know More IIoT & Industry 4.0 Partners & Certificates Create a full digital overview of your manufacturing sites, including both legacy systems and new implementations. Get real-time insights from the data that your connected assets generate. ​ We are an End-to-End Industrial IoT solution provider that, through our expertise and partnerships, can help you reach the following Industry 4.0 Maturity Stages : Basic: Ensure that your facilities meet basic physical needs, including communication networks and systems, power stability and climate management. Secure: Make connectivity and information safe through the implementation of secure network architectures, cybersecurity, and redundancy to avoid downtime and external threats. Connected: Enable unlimited arrangements of connections between devices, sensors, systems, platforms, productive outputs and people. Embrace industrial automation. Gatherer: Consolidate all your processes' data into single views and dashboards to track and optimise your industrial systems. Smart: Explore and use all of your analytics assets to deploy logic and predictive behaviour towards constantly improving productivity and reaching significant cost-reductions. -We work with the following vendors to make your Manufacturing Enterprise radically connected, secure and efficient... Anytime, Anywhere. A bit dizzy with all of this? Book a Consultancy All Certifications All Partners Latest IIoT Information Whitepaper: Industrial Data Space The industrial data space (IDS) provides a basis for smart service scenarios and innovative cross-company business processes.

    • Polestar | Industrial IoT | United Kingdom

      Industrial Automation IoT Smart Factory Industry 4.0 Managed Service Provider MSP Icon Are you IIoT Ready? Polestar's Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and services will move your enterprise further, making it radically anytime, anywhere. connected, secure and smart, -Creating Smart Factories from End-to-End. Learn how to start with a staged Industry 4.0 Strategy Industry 4.0 Technologies Contact Us How to become a Smart Factory IIoT Technologies are great to enhance productivity. For that you need to: Need more guidance? Book an IIoT Strategy Workshop basic learn more... Ensure physical needs: power, connectivity, climate & value. smart learn more... Explore analytics, logic & predictive behaviour. gatherer learn more... Record data of transactions, logs & diagnostics. secure learn more... Implement security features, element encoding & factor authentication. connected learn more... Build interfaces, communication and a secure-by-design network. "Polestar enabled us to re-utilise our existing network hardware to realise exceptional performance increases and make the management of the network much simpler." ​ - Graeme Walker, Group Senior Automation Manager, Carlsberg U.K. Polestar's IIoT Latest Projects MODULAR HOUSING MANUFACTURER Implementation of a secure-by-design network to connect the customers Manufacturing Execution System (Siemens). Read more PHARMA | FMCG PRODUCER Integration of hardware and software with existing factory lines and a Cisco UCS. New network implementation to comply with government standards. Read more CARLSBERG FAILOVER Implementation of a failover solution utilising Double-Take software to ensure high-availability of Carlsberg’s critical systems. Read more More Industry 4.0 Projects Latest Posts from our IIoT Blog Whitepaper: Industrial Data Space The industrial data space (IDS) provides a basis for smart service scenarios and innovative cross-company business processes.

    • Industry 4.0 & IIoT Technologies | Polestar IIoT

      Industry 4.0 Technologies in the UK, IIoT Platform IIoT & Industry 4.0 Technologies C onnected, Secure and Smart Manufacturing ... Anytime, Anywhere All IIoT Technologies Industrial IoT Technologies Interested in Implementing Industry 4.0 Technologies? Just Contact Us DATA MANAGEMENT Know More SMART FACTORY Know More NETWORKING BASICS Know More IT | OT SECURITY Know More INDUSTRIAL CONNECTIVITY Know More Basic IIoT Stage: Networking Basics Ensure that your industrial facilities meet basic physical needs, including IT Networks and Systems, Power Stability and Plant Climate Management. What could be the application of these technologies in my Manufacturing Company? Check our Past IIoT Projects Secure: Make connectivity and information safe through the implementation of secure network architectures, cybersecurity, and redundancy to avoid downtime and external threats. Connected: Enable unlimited arrangements of connections between devices, sensors, systems, platforms, productive outputs and people. Embrace industrial automation. Gatherer: Consolidate all your processes' data into single views and dashboards to track and optimise your industrial systems. Smart: Explore and use all of your analytics assets to deploy logic and predictive behaviour towards constantly improving productivity and reaching significant cost-reductions. IIoT Case Studies Case Study: UCS Deployment & Secure Network for a Pharmaceutical | FMCG Producer Click here to download the full case. Cisco's UCS (Unified Computing System) help manufacturing businesses to achieve the consistency, av... Case Study: Secure Networks & MES for a Modular Houses Manufacturer Read the full Case Study here. To guarantee better quality in production, the customer required the implementation of a secure by design ...

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