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WEBINAR EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Digital Transformation for Industrial Control

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Industry 4.0 leverages IT technologies to grow revenue and reduce operational costs.
  • Wind River’s products address the six key challenges critical infrastructures face.
  • Case Study: The impact of Wind River predictive maintenance for mining equipment.

Initially a vision sponsored by the German government and outlined at the Hannover Faire in October 2012, Industry 4.0 is now seen worldwide as the next phase in manufacturing. Industry 4.0, which combines production and network connectivity to create smart factories, is expected to drive revenues for industrial companies higher while decreasing costs associated with aging equipment and downtime.

 

As businesses make the move to Industry 4.0, they are finding that typical IT solutions don’t meet the expectations they have for their critical infrastructure applications. Wind River’s solutions address the six main challenges businesses face: reliability, management, performance, scalability, security, and open standards.

 

Charlie Ashton and Thilak Kumar discussed how Wind River helps businesses address the challenges they face as they adopt Industry 4.0. Watch the webinar video or read the executive summary presented below.

Charlie Ashton

Senior Director of Business Development, Wind River

Thilak Kumar

Senior Manager, Field Engineering, Wind River

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Digital Transformation for Industrial
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“Industry 4.0 is all about deploying secure, robust, flexible software-based solutions as an alternative to the typical legacy fixed-function hardware that’s out there today.”

– Charlie Ashton

Industry 4.0 leverages IT technologies to grow revenue and reduce operational costs.

Phases of Industry

Industry 4.0 is considered the fourth phase in in the progression of manufacturing. It involves using IT technologies like Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and virtualization to revolutionize industrial production. This phase is expected to grow top-line revenues while reducing operational costs through software-based control systems.

Replacing outdated industrial control systems with software-based control systems can drive down operational costs while improving system flexibility and security.  A PricewaterhouseCoopers study estimated that industrial companies using Industry 4.0 technology will generate:

2.9% more in additional annual revenue

3.6% in cost reductions annually over the next five years

Wind River’s products address the six key challenges critical infrastructures face.

Businesses transitioning to software-based control systems often find the move to be extremely challenging because many of the standard solutions developed for IT are inadequate for industrial control systems.

 

Wind River helps industrial companies address these challenges. Founded in 1981, Wind River is now part of Intel’s Internet of Things (IoT) group. Wind River’s Titanium Control solution provides help for six key challenges that manufacturers face, offering secure, on-premise virtualization for critical infrastructure applications.

“With the Wind River solution, even if the mining equipment company is able to reduce downtime by 20%, the savings is estimated to be about $28 million.”

– Thilak Kumar

Six key areas where critical infrastructure needs are often unmet by current solutions.

FactorExpectations
1. Reliability
  • Fault tolerant to multiple software and hardware faults; no single point of failure
  • Industrial-grade six-nines (99.9999%) availability
  • Minimal loss of service or data on failover
2. Management
  • Support for remote platform monitoring, diagnostics, and updates
  • No unplanned downtime for hardware or software updates
  • Integration with IT-based Level 4/Level 5 management, orchestration, and supervisory functions
3. Performance
  • Low latency and low jitter for time-critical industrial applications
  • Deterministic networking for real-time communication over Ethernet
  • Enhanced platform awareness and monitoring for automated dynamic reallocation of resources
4. Scalability
  • Common software platform used from small-footprint edge controllers to cloud-based analytics
  • 100% software compatibility across all deployed platforms
  • Seamless scaling and migration of workloads across end-to-end infrastructure
5. Security
  • Secure chain of trust from physical hardware extending into virtual machines (VMs)
  • Network-level authentication, authorization, and accounting with secure identities
  • Data encryption with full support for third-party firewalls, anti-malware, and other security functions
6. Open Standards
  • Support for industry-standard operating systems (OSes) running control functions in VMs
  • Robust, open ecosystem of validated third-party application software packages
  • Compatibility with standard high-volume enterprise-class and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers

Wind River’s Titanium Control

Wind River’s Titanium Control is purpose-built for industrial control applications.

The proven architecture provides several features that help companies meet infrastructure needs, including:

  • Dynamic scalability from a single server to hundreds of servers
  • Simplified licensing of a single solution with compute, control, and storage in one package
  • Fault tolerance and guaranteed six-nines uptime
  • Full support for remote monitoring, diagnostics, and updates
  • Support for a large number of time-critical third-party applications used in industrial ecosystems
  • Support for industry-standard OSes, including Linux, KVM, OpenStack, Ceph, and DPDK

Titanium Control Explainer

The fourth industrial revolution is happening now and is influenced by advances in IT technology. However, IT technology was not built for critical infrastructure applications. This video describes some of the requirements needed in the next phase of virtualization.

Case Study:


The impact of Wind River predictive maintenance for mining equipment.

To illustrate the benefits of Titanium Control let’s consider the example of a manufacturer of heavy mining equipment. Using predictive modeling and remote diagnosis and troubleshooting, Wind River is able to help this manufacturer reduce costly equipment downtime, which was a major problem for the manufacturer’s customers. One of the mining equipment maker’s customers was experiencing $140 million in annual losses due to equipment downtime of its legacy infrastructure.

Because equipment repair required a specialist to visit onsite, the average downtime was between 10 and 20 days. Additionally, the remote operations center was not equipped to monitor, troubleshoot, or fix issues in real time. By implementing a smart mining infrastructure with a connected solution architecture, Wind River is able to help the manufacturer and its mining customer predict failures and reduce equipment downtime with predictive modeling, remote diagnostics, and troubleshooting.

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Additional Resources

Download a PDF of the Webinar Executive Summary above to view offline or share with others.
Download a PDF of the Webinar Executive Summary above to view offline or share with others.
Understand factors of Virtualization and how Wind River® Titanium Control meets or exceeds them.
Understand factors of Virtualization and how Wind River® Titanium Control meets or exceeds them.
Learn about trends and requirements driving the transformation of next generation manufacturing.
Learn about trends and requirements driving the transformation of next generation manufacturing.
Review this comprehensive approach to a secure virtualization platform for critical infrastructure.
Review this comprehensive approach to a secure virtualization platform for critical infrastructure.

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