SMART INDUSTRIAL RAIL GUIDED VEHICLES NEED A RELIABLE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

SMART INDUSTRIAL RAIL GUIDED VEHICLES NEED A RELIABLE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

What do industrial enterprises need to operate efficiently and without unnecessary downtime? Undoubtedly, many managers would say reliable machines, timely supplies of raw materials and energies, and skilled labour. Probably, only a few would highlight a communication system used for the transportation of pallets loaded with goods from an automatic packaging line to a warehouse. However, the example of Mondi SCP – a pulp and paper producer from Ružomberok, Slovakia, shows how important role communication technologies play not only in people’s lives, but also in manufacturing enterprises.
Case study was published 25.02.2019

Requirements

  • Replace an existing outdated communication system of the automated finished product warehouse for a more innovative technology
  • Eliminate downtime in the manufacturing process
  • Improve availability and stability of the pallet transport system
  • Comply with the highest quality and safety standards
  • Streamline and simplify difficult maintenance

Solution

  • Design a new WiFi-based communication system solution
  • Replace ProfiBus with ProfiNet communication protocol
  • Secure and encrypted protocol
  • PRP (Parallel Redundancy Protocol) in a wireless environment
  • Wireless Access Points integrated into the existing wireless environment
  • Cisco industrial-grade networking components

Outcomes

Uninterrupted passage across the entire wireless network

Secured and encrypted wireless communication

Effective system diagnostics

SOITRON SECURITY SENSOR ALLOWED ZKW SLOVAKIA TO SEE THEIR IT SECURITY SITUATION

SOITRON SECURITY SENSOR ALLOWED ZKW SLOVAKIA TO SEE THEIR IT SECURITY SITUATION

Industrial enterprises are usually not pioneers in deploying cyber security technologies, because their technology refresh cycles are multiple times slower and more costly than those in the IT sector.
However, ZKW Slovakia s.r.o., a leading supplier of lighting systems and electronics for the automotive industry, is one of the bright exceptions.
Case study was published 07.01.2019

Requirements

  • Get a continuous overview of the network security and corporate ICT resources.
  • Demonstrate cyber threat resilience and data protection capabilities to key contractors.
  • Enhance security of the technology infrastructure.

Solution

  • Penetration testing and deployment of the Soitron Security Sensor solution integrating multiple security technologies from various vendors such as
    Flowmon, Cisco and Fortinet.
  • An audit based on customer network monitoring and the gathered data.
  • Final report on the current state of IT security and recommendations for improvement.

Outcomes

Identification of deficiencies that the customer would not have been able to uncover without deploying the advanced technologies.

Strengthening of the IT security of ZKW Slovakia s.r.o.

Ability to test multiple high-end security technologies from various vendors in a single package.

Enhanced overview of the status and performance of their enterprise network, including alerts of any anomalies, which allows the company to identify potential threats and performance issues in a timely manner.

ĽUBOŠ ČULÁK

System Administrator, ZKW Slovakia

We had a chance to test whether or not the security technologies meet our requirements and how we can benefit from using it. Based on our practical experience, we decided to purchase the FlowMon and Cisco products which Soitron subsequently implemented.

THE ART OF BRINGING TWO INCOMPATIBLE SYSTEMS TOGETHER

22.08.2017

THE ART OF BRINGING TWO INCOMPATIBLE SYSTEMS TOGETHER

When one of the world’s largest chemical companies appointed Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to take over its Managed Service contract, HPE needed to complete a highly complex full-service global integration without its client providing any engineering support. Soitron was brought on board to handle the project on the behalf of HPE, and took on the challenge from start to finish.

requirements

  • To integrate HP Service Manager (HPSM) with HPE’s client
    existing SAP system – two incompatible systems, unable to communicate
    with each other.
  • Data sovereignty, accessibility, encryption and service continuity were of particular importance.
  • To develop an alternative solution to address several challenges.

this solution demonstrated how soitron can

  • Integrate multiple platforms together without any business disruption.
  • Making incompatible systems work together.
  • Handle complex and challenging projects while adhering to very tight deadlines.
  • Problem solve to the very highest of industry levels
  • Design scalable solutions for any volume of transactions

results

Development of the unique IT Smart+ solution – a new service offering which Soitron now offers to businesses facing similar challenges.

The solution is flexible enough to allow the two disparate systems to interact with each other.

The solution could be used by a team of specialist to deliver the project on time.

A system which could handle any volume transactions in a standardised framework.

Daniel Olsson

Managing Director, Soitron UK

Every HPE project presents a great challenge, and once again, we came up with a viable and realistic solution which saved HPE time and money. For this project, we developed of ITSmart+, which was a landmark innovation that can be applied to other similar projects of all sizes. This means that any business dealing with two or more incompatible platforms now has a solution which we can apply as appropriate.

Monitoring service implementation for Johns Manville

MONITORING SERVICE IMPLEMENTATION FOR JOHNS MANVILLE

A system that monitors your infrastructure, operating systems and the status of applications is, in the eyes of many, prohibitively costly in terms of the initial investment and the need to employ a team of trained specialists. But there’s a cost-effective alternative: “Monitoring as a service” – a simple solution used, among others, by Johns Manville.
Case study was published 25.07.2016

Prior state

  • Licensed HP SIM monitoring tool
  • Limited choice of hardware vendors
  • Difficult customization
  • A local IT team dedicated to ad-hoc issue-solving
  • System with no ITSM processes
  • Service Desk services unavailable

Present state

  • A modern monitoring service flexibly adapting to ever changing IT infrastructure
  • Automated tasks with no human interaction required
  • Elimination of any hardware failures that could have adverse effects on the production
  • Improved IT infrastructure stability
  • Automatic incident assignment to appropriate teams dedicated to handling and resolving the issue

Solution

Standardized solutions tailored to customer’s needs.

Predefined parameters in SLA.

Powers and responsibilities transferred to the service provider.

Use of certified personnel of service provider.

IVAN KOLLÁR

Senior Monitoring Consultant (Soitron, s.r.o.)

With collected data analysis the customer gets a full picture of how well their corporate infrastructure works, how effective their efforts are and what is the level of utilization of individual components. One of the major benefits is also the cost effectiveness.