Deploy Advanced Applications on the Plant Floor
Cisco Connected Factory Wireless offers flexible, plant-wide communications between things, machines, databases and people on the plant floor. This solution builds on the joint Cisco and Rockwell Automation architecture, known as Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE), as well as Cisco’s networking expertise with wireless and wired technologies and includes a new design guide that brings together wireless best practice designs, and tested and validated architectures integrating both IT and OT perspectives. It helps to improve a wide range of operations, including:
- Asset tracking
- Visibility of automation controls
- Wireless tooling
- Mobile video
Creating a wireless network environment on the factory floor cuts costs, while increasing productivity and output. By adding wireless technology to the shop floor, manufacturers can enjoy these business outcomes:
More Flexible Communications
Better communication between machines and people located throughout the plant improves decision-making and optimizes uptime. Operators have instant visibility, without having to walk to a machine to see what is going on.
A unified, easy-to-manage and highly secure plant wireless infrastructure can provide the reliability and performance needed for mission critical plant floor applications (like wireless torque tools).
A World-Class Platform
The platform increases output and productivity by accommodating industrial global applications, such as:
- Wi-Fi asset tags to find production assets and inventory faster
- Mobile HD video cameras for troubleshooting and collaboration
Reliability, Security, Manageability
Now companies can take full advantage of industry-leading wireless capabilities from Cisco not only for IT, but for operational technology (OT) applications. Factory wireless offers:
It offers demonstrated reliability for use in closed-control systems, and for ultra-low-latency, motion-control applications.
Get wired-to-wireless access controls and the additional, end-to-end defense benefits of Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) with a Cisco wireless environment.
Ubiquitous, highly secure, and reliable wireless across plants has resulted in double-digit percentage improvements in asset utilization. It boosts throughput capacity, quality, and yields. For example, it offers new error-proofing workflows that can only be used with an untethered device and GUI access to the automation networks.
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