ei3 brings its managed secure network to China selecting China Telecom to deliver key colocation services

PEARL RIVER, NY, Aug 07, 2018 – ei3 Corporation, a leading provider of Industrial Internet services, has partnered with China Telecom to provide a remote machine service network enabling machine builders from around the world to connect to their equipment operating on factory floors inside China. First to benefit will be ei3’s long-term OEM clients Bobst and Lenze.

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What Lies Beneath a Cyber Breach

The manufacturing industry is under attack and machine builders are not immune to the bad actors—known as hackers. All across the U.S., manufacturers are silently struggling with an invisible force that threatens the livelihood of their businesses. This dark entity slips into an organization—often undetected—to steal passwords and intellectual property. Sometimes it demands money in exchange for unlocking enterprise servers. Sometimes it maliciously shuts down industrial machines in an attempt to cause physical harm, like an explosion. Other times, it’s not interested in the immediate prey, but has its sights set on a bigger victim, and therefore uses a company as a gateway into their partner networks. It is the hackers of the world that are wreaking havoc on unsuspecting organizations. And it is not just large multinational manufacturers that are targets, but everyone in the supply chain, including OEMs.

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ei3 demonstrates ongoing commitment to IoT cloud security

PEARL RIVER, NY, Jul. 09, 2018 – ei3 Corporation announces today that it has received a certificate of compliance with International Standard Organization (ISO) 27001:2013 by DEKRA Certification B.V. This audit validates ei3’s commitment to the safety and privacy of client data, together with the integrity of ei3’s IT infrastructure and business practices.

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Get Milacron M•Powered at NPE 2018: Milacron Launches IoT Suite of Services

Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE: MCRN), a leading industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry will detail their strategy to become the plastic processing industry’s service leader at NPE 2018, in West Hall, booth 2703, May 7th to May 11th. Milacron will launch Milacron M•Powered, their comprehensive Internet of Things (IoT) solution and highlight the wide variety of service, support, and parts programs for their Milacron injection molding machines, Mold-Masters hot runners, Uniloy blow molding machines, Milacron extrusion systems and DME mold technologies. Milacron CEO Tom Goeke stated, “The entire Milacron team is committed to leading the service model transformation of the plastics processing industry.” Goeke elaborated, “Service is at the very core of Milacron. Milacron’s service and support offerings are as varied and robust as our product offerings. With the industry’s largest stable of product brands and technologies comes the responsibility to our valued customers to provide second to none service and support. We have […]

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Note to corporate & operations management: Cybersecurity is your responsibility

Living as we do in an increasingly digitalized world, new security challenges are materializing at an alarming pace, and few are as perplexing and tro… This guest column was written by Ben Miyares, Packaging World contributing editor “We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before… The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.” –Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman, World […]

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Creating the Digital Future in Brownfield Plants

How a technique from the 1970s can be used to leverage well-recognized measurements such as Operational Equipment Effectiveness and Total Productive Maintenance to transform brownfield plants into digital ones. The biggest hurdle for most manufacturing and processing facilities isn’t accepting the idea that connected devices and systems can improve operations and business performance. It’s the question of how to implement the necessary technologies and procedures within an existing facility populated with systems that pre-date the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 concepts. To help companies better understand how to facilitate this change within their existing plants, Spencer Cramer, CEO, ei3 Corp. (a provider of IoT platform technology) and John Kowal, director, business development, B&R Industrial Automation (an automation hardware and software supplier) have authored a white paper for the Industrial Internet Consortium that explains how a concept from the 1970s, known as The Focused Factory, can be successfully applied today to create an IIoT “green patch” in a brownfield plant. […]

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Cybersecurity: A warning for packaging operations

Hackers, ransomware and cyberattacks: What does it mean to a modern packaging production facility where connectivity is crucial? And what can be done? Your production operations have been optimized with advanced servo-driven machinery, wireless communications, remote access for troubleshooting and other advanced automation resources and tools that deliver higher efficiency, lower downtime and ongoing cost savings. What’s not to like? That would be the potential for opportunistic hackers and criminals to attack those systems with ransomware and other forms of cyberattacks. Seems there’s a dark cloud behind every silver lining and perhaps more so than ever for packagers and machinery builders in a highly connected, industrial internet of things (IIoT) environment. read more…

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