Bear Systems is building on its next generation cybersecurity platform to provide a range of SIMPLE (Secure Integrated ML Platform Leveraging Expertise) solutions for the world’s most pressing needs. This blog entry is one of a series of introductions showing how Bear can provide a SIMPLE solution for specific vertical challenges.
Industrial IoT (IIoT) made a huge promise over a decade ago that IIoT was going to remove cables from factory floors, enable rapid factory line configuration changes, and truly elevate Operational Technology (OT) capabilities.
Instead, IIoT has really only made things worse. Currently, factory floors are littered with more unknown devices than ever and those devices are often running unknown types of completely unprotected communications. As evidenced by the epic failure of manufacturers to respond to Covid, it is clear that IIoT has failed to achieve any level of effective efficiency.
The challenges to this problem are vast and nothing outside of one of our long technical whitepapers (and they are LONG) can really explain everything. Short of spending the next week reading that paper, the best way to understand these issues can be reduced to vendor hubris.
Vendors thought that their solution was the best ever, so they failed to work together. They felt that their benefits were so great that manufacturers would just upgrade their core equipment, so no efforts were made to handle older machines. Vendors were so smart that they absolutely knew the best way to accomplish any given task, so they never listened to the true experts working for the customers.
All these vendors have really been is wrong.
SIMPLE Manufacturing is being built to address these issues by, first and foremost, prioritizing domain expertise. SIMPLE Manufacturing enables manufacturers to provide their expertise for everything from how to properly configure a given piece of equipment to how to best run a given system. That expertise is then visualized in order to empower non-experts such that a new drill press operator no longer needs to worry about proper press setup. These Expert Profiles can be extended into largescale efforts to control factory lines in ways never before achievable – such as turning device on/off, loading different operating systems for a given production run, and comprehensively controlling command and control through a single visual management platform.
One thing manufacturers absolutely do not want is to purchase even more equipment. To this end, SIMPLE Manufacturing is designed to handle everything from old serial communication legacy equipment through to the latest smart sensors and devices. SIMPLE Manufacturing seamlessly integrates with devices, eliminates cross vendor complexities, and enables unified visual control – all based on expert guidance and insights.
There is obviously more, much more, to our SIMPLE Manufacturing solution and, if you are interested, please contact us to learn more!