GE,Cisco partner to improve factory infrastructure

GE and Cisco said they will work together to develop a set of best practices for deploying GE’s Brilliant Manufacturing Suite within a modern Cisco IT environment.

As per the contract,  GE will combine its digital industrial strength with Cisco’s networking infrastructure to create a digital thread that will capture machine data on the factory floor.

“In order to start down the path to becoming a Brilliant Factory, the first step is to deploy a modern IT infrastructure,” said James Beilstein, CIO for Advanced Manufacturing Deployment for GE’s manufacturing facilities worldwide.

“This infrastructure will give our plants the flexibility and security needed to develop a ‘digital thread’ from product design to shipping. Cisco is part of GE’s Brilliant Factory architecture.”

Citing a recent survey resutls, GE and Cisco jointly said  47 percent of manufacturers are still trying to figure out how to take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things.

Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst for LNS Research said GE and Cisco can help address this gap with best practices for deploying a modern and flexible IP-based industrial networking infrastructure.

“This can be used by manufacturers to help accelerate time to market, improve operations and support the cloud, big data analytics, and software applications being deployed in next generation manufacturing.”