Packaging Machines go from Remote Monitoring to the Industrial Internet

Powering packaging performance into the future By Spencer Cramer Published in Packaging Digest on October 1st, 2014 [divider_spacing] Current remote monitoring systems allow operators and managers to react immediately to changes on the plant floor. But what if this connectivity could enable packaging engineers to do so much more? There is plenty of talk these days about the Internet of Things and wearable tech. We see this everywhere we go—everything from wristbands that monitor our step counts and heart rates, to Internet-enabled watches, to Google Glass. The approaching ubiquity of these devices is seen in many circles as a breakthrough. While the consumer fascination with these capabilities is relatively new, what is often lost in the conversation is this: Packaging companies have been building networks that connect machines for years—most often referred to as the “Industrial Internet”—and machinery manufacturers have increasingly been enabling this connectivity across the machines they build. [divider_spacing] Over the last decade and […]

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Spencer Cramer Interviewed on The IoT Uplink

The IoT Uplink: The Rapidly Growing Importance Of Remote Monitoring This week I did a web interview with Jeff Reinke for the latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement.  Jeff’s show focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration.  I appreciate Jeff’s work producing this show because it helps to build an awareness of the business value of the Internet of Things.  By inviting guests to participate Jeff is helping develop the IoT community within manufacturing.  My part starts around 2:00 in, enjoy…  

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Ei3 Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium

Montvale, NJ (July 15, 2014) –Ei3 announced today that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium, an organization created in response to the growing challenges and innovations of the Industrial Internet. The consortium is comprised of firms on the frontier of emerging machine to machine (M2M) technology, which enables for processing of massive datasets between networked machines. Ei3 is a natural fit for the consortium. Over the last 15 years, the company has been on the cutting edge of technology for the connection of machinery and networking centers; enabling advanced remote monitoring as well as data collection, analysis and storage – all with the highest possible digital security and operation on a global scale. While proprietary technological innovations are largely controlled through the use of patents, the Industrial Internet Consortium offers an open forum for industry leaders to jointly explore the frontier of M2M technology. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, Intel, & IBM in […]

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Ei3 Joins Manufacturing Industry Coalition OMAC

Montvale, NJ (March 7, 2014) – Contributing to efforts that help shape the manufacturing industry worldwide, Ei3 Corporation, a global leader in remote monitoring and remote services technology for machine manufacturers, has joined the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC). Company leaders at Ei3 believe that the ISA88 Technical Report developed by OMAC’s packaging workgroup for the PackML standard will enable machines to become more easily integrated into manufacturing lines, and operated and maintained thereafter.  As a member of OMAC, Ei3 plans to participate actively in the development of these standards as they apply to remote monitoring. For the last decade, OMAC has been developing PackML as a standard set of models and procedures designed to improve efficiencies in system performance and programming. Since its inception, PackML has been implemented across a wide variety of control platforms. “OMAC has done amazing work in defining standards that help unify the global manufacturing community,” said Spencer […]

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IoT Opens a Pandora’s Box of Cyber-Attacks

Submitted by Kishore Jethanandani via The Mobility Hub [divider_spacing] M2M devices had an isolated existence in industrial plants, utilities, hospitals, transportation, and smart buildings. Security from cyber-attacks was not a concern. As M2M devices are increasingly exposed to the larger world of the Internet with application programming interfaces, their ubiquity is haunting the IT world with the prospect of pervasive and catastrophic cyber-attacks that will affect sensitive industrial controls and medical devices. A security breach could cause physical harm as large facilities are subverted. The protection of the Internet of Things is fraught with unique challenges, especially because the software is embedded in the hardware device and is wrapped up with the core of the intellectual property. It’s often not possible to patch and update embedded software remotely and continuously to keep it safe without disassembling the hardware — at the risk of downtime and damage to the interconnected software. Some protocols, such as Modbus, are not designed to secure […]

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Web Service connects the Enterprise to Ei3

Ei3 provides developers and IT professionals with web 3.0 tools to access data from its Remote Monitoring Cloud MONTVALE, N.J., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Ei3 Corporation announced that a fully featured Web Service is available allowing customers to use their plant floor equipment data in a wide range of computing applications. This Web Service builds upon Ei3’s Software-as-a-Service offering by creating a secure way for companies to reap the benefits of Web 3.0 within the perimeter of their enterprise. It is a richly featured Application Programming Interface (API) that combines a security framework with a library of programming methods making it easy for third party computing platforms to exchange data with Ei3’s Remote Monitoring Cloud. Ei3’s Internet applications are used by manufacturers to gather, processes and analyze large amounts of machine data. Users are provided with mobile apps, web pages, dashboards and reports that show key performance indicators describing the performance, uptime and quality of machine […]

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Industrial Internet is Gaining Momentum

GE released a study today showing that the industrial Internet has the potential to boost the global GDP by as much as $10 to $15 Trillion by 2030. This report comes on the heels of an article published last week in the New York Times that reported on GE’s plans to invest $1 Billion to create a new software center by 2015. This facility is planned to have 400 computer scientists and software engineers developing products that will bring digital intelligence to the physical world of industry at a scale never before seen. From Ei3’s perspective these are welcome developments affirming our efforts over the past 12 years. We know that the Internet of Things is changing the way manufacturers produce their goods and unleash tremendous gains in productivity and sustainability. When one of the largest companies in the world takes concrete steps to address this market opportunity we applaud their efforts and wish them […]

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Printweek Star Product: Bobst Mobile Portal

By Ben Bold Thursday, 27 September 2012 Read the Printweek Article Here [divider_basic] This app provides information 24/7, enabling users to track problems as and when they occur. The manufacturer is calling it a breakthrough What is it and when was it launched? Bobst Mobile Portal was launched at Drupa in May is an app for smart phones and tablets that remotely monitors machines and displays key production data. “It is aimed at production managers, production supervisors, production directors, owners – anyone who needs to see how their plant is performing on a machine by machine basis,” says Mike Rice, Bobst UK regional service manager for Ireland and Scandinavia. What does it do? The app gives access to cloud-based data that is stored on Bobst’s Connect Portal, an internet-based monitoring service. Connect Portal is currently a way in which printers can access in-depth data about machine performance from desktop computers and by which Bobst engineers currently provide […]

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