NMW 2004: Cisco's Intelligent Networked Manufacturing strategy

Chicago, IL—Cisco Systems Inc. announced at National Manufacturing Week 2004 that its Cisco Intelligent Networked Manufacturing strategy emphasizes greater visibility and flexibility across an entire manufacturing operation. satisfaction.


Chicago, IL— Cisco Systems Inc. announced at National Manufacturing Week 2004 that its Cisco Intelligent Networked Manufacturing strategy emphasizes greater visibility and flexibility across an entire manufacturing operation to help manufacturers increase profitability and customer satisfaction.

'Cisco is taking a leadership role in defining the relevance of the network to the manu-facturing environment,' says Pierre-Paul Allard, Cisco's enterprise marketing VP. 'Intelligent Networked Manufacturing is about improving profitability by delivering better value products or services. By linking disparate functional areas, such as product development, production and customer service management, Cisco's intelligent network helps to enable manufacturers to get real-time information about the status of end-to-end operations, so they can more quickly respond to dynamic customer requirements.'

Cisco Ethernet to the Factory
One of the primary offerings of the Intelligent Networked Manufacturing is Cisco Ethernet to the Factory, which is designed for production management. This solution brings open, standards-based industrial Ethernet to the factory floor for greater efficiency and uptime. The solution encompasses wireless, security and voice applications for improved visibility, flexibility and productivity.

Ethernet to the Factory is based on one intelligent Ethernet platform that ties collaborative applications to integrate information and processes. Ethernet to the Factory allows plant managers to access production line information to validate inventory and reduce maintenance costs. Wireless LANs can connect assembly lines to warehouses, and run video surveillance cameras for greater security. Managers can also maintain and control manufacturing processes at remote or overseas manufacturing operations.

Open standards-based scalable automation
As a member of Rockwell Automation’s Encompass program, Cisco delivers the Ethernet to the Factory solution to Rockwell’s customers and partners. 'As the world's leading supplier of Ethernet communications gear, Cisco delivers a product portfolio and features that will help to enable greater acceptance of Ethernet for factory control and information communication applications,' says Steve Eisenbrown, senior VP of Rockwell’s Automation Control and Control Automation Group. 'Our synergistic relationship affords both companies the opportunity to de-liver scalable and secure automation control solutions based on open standards.'

Cisco Catalyst 2955 industrial Ethernet switch
The featured product in Ethernet to the Factory, Cisco Catalyst 2955 industrial Ethernet switch, is one example of a relatively new Ethernet technology with the intelligence and durability necessary for industrial environments. Able to withstand extreme shock, temperatures and humidity, Catalyst 2955 also offers security, high availability and quality of service (QoS). Cisco delivers a comprehensive solution for plant communications networks that support industrial automation, wireless communications, network security and voice over IP for pro-duction and office networks.

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