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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Ei3 Resumes Operations after Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, Ei3 Corporation’s main office in Montvale, New Jersey resumed operations today after being without power for 7 days. During this difficult week all of our production Software-as-a-Service apps were maintained fully functional. Many thanks to the Ei3 technical team who worked remotely in adverse conditions and found creative solutions to find power and internet to monitor our global computing infrastructure. Because of difficulty with the phone systems, we were unable to answer your calls for the past seven days but that is now fixed. If you did try to contact us, we apologize and hope you understand.  Special thanks to those of you who reached out to us to express concern and well wishes, your encouragement was greatly appreciated. [divider_basic]

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The Remote Monitoring Cloud Measures Packaging Machinery Greenhouse Gas Emissions

[slogan_content] This post summarizes what I presented at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition fall 2012 meeting. [/slogan_content] Recently I was asked by a client to investigate how Ei3’s remote monitoring cloud was making degree day calculations.  The client had noticed a change of 17% less heating degree days for a large group of buildings spread out across North America.   This change seemed to be too big to be correct because previous year-on-year changes were only around 2%. Was there a math error?  In response I researched the climate records at NOAA and found that 2012 is on track to be an exceptionally warm year.  This chart reveals a very disturbing fact about the weather in the lower United States. [3_column] click to enlarge   [/3_column] [1_2_column_last] In this graphic published by NOAA, the year-to-date temperature anomalies for the contiguous United States are plotted. In the center of this chart on the y axis, a data […]

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Ei3’s CEO Spencer Cramer to Present at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition Fall Meeting

On September 11, 2012 at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s fall meeting, Mr. Cramer will present on the topic of using the remote monitoring and cloud applications for the measurement and reporting of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. For years, global enterprises have been using the Ei3 Remote Monitoring Cloud to perform real time remote monitoring of equipment energy consumption and resource use. This remotely acquired data is analyzed in combination with measured machine production results to derive highly accurate CO2 emissions numbers per unit of production. Having this accurate reportable information makes it possible for a package manufacturer or convertor to accurately describe the CO2 emissions and sustainability impact of the converting stage of the packaging life cycle. The information can be used for carbon disclosure or shared with supply chain partners for their own disclosure as scope 3 emissions under the Green House gas Protocol. Mr. Cramer’s presentation will provide insight into how the […]

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New Amphion device from Ei3 delivers M2M security

For Ei3’s Software-as-a-Service platform for M2M, Smart Services and the Internet of Things [divider_spacing] MONTVALE, N.J., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ —  Ei3 Corporation announced today that it will begin shipping a new generation of Amphion internet security devices. Called the Model 14, these devices are designed to exceed the expectations of the discerning machine builder and plant floor user by providing ease of configuration along-side sophisticated security policies in an industrial package. New Amphion features include the addition of USB ports for file transfers, upgrades to the configuration tools, more status indicators and a tighter integration with Ei3’s SaaS Remote Monitoring Cloud platforms.   “The Amphion Model 14 once again raises the bar by providing an easy to deploy and highly secure connection within the end customer’s network. Ei3’s engineering team focused on integration, product packaging, and important security details to address the growing needs of protecting industrial controllers and infrastructure. We refined every design element […]

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Cyber search engine Shodan exposes industrial control systems to new risks

http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/cyber-search-engine-exposes-vulnerabilities/2012/06/03/gJQAIK9KCV_story.html?hpid=z1 ATTENTION Ei3 Customers: Don’t worry.  If you are an Ei3 customer you are protected against these and other vulnerabilities.    Our system has been designed to provide maximum security for mission critical equipment to be remotely monitored, accessed and serviced on the internet. [divider_basic]

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Bobst Announces Mobile Portal

Bobst introduces the Mobile Portal, an app for smart phones and tablets that remotely monitors machines and displays key production data.   Designed to meet the needs of the busy manufacturing manager or executive, Mobile Portal creates awareness about operations – whether the production floor is in the next room or on the other side of the world. “Being the first major machine  supplier in the packaging industry to offer this type of Remote Monitoring demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with innovation and excellence in services”, said Stephan Maerz, Head of Business Unit  Services for Bobst.  “Mobile Portal builds upon our capabilities in remote monitoring and puts the information into the hands of those who need it with a high level of convenience.” Mobile Portal is an extension of Bobst’s Internet service called Connect Portal and is based on remote monitoring machines and storing data  in the cloud.  This platform uses highly secure Internet […]

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Enodia solves the Siemens PG-PC network dilemma

Remote service technicians are continually challenged to keep track of complex networking configurations for establishing communications to remote devices. This is especially problematic for the Siemens S-7 family of controllers where unintentional changes made to the PLC communication configuration can alter its program thereby causing a loss of communication and disruption of the machine operation.  To solve this critical issue Ei3 has launched is latest development, Enodia, a Remote Service Helper application, that enables IP address and port redirection during simultaneous remote machine connections over Ei3’s Argo remote service network.  Enodia, symbolically named after the Greek god of gateways, creates a transparent gateway over the secure Ei3 network, between computers using Siemens Step 7 PLC programming software to a Siemens Step 7 PLC on a machine.  Spencer Cramer, CEO of Ei3 Corporation, asserted that “the release of Ei3’s Enodia application demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement. Enodia increases the ability of service technicians to rapidly […]

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