Published on November 2, 2020
Milacron Joins OMAC and Ei3 to Aid Development of Industry Standards for Secure Remote Access to Machines and Automation Systems
Milacron, a leading industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry, joins its IIoT partner, ei3, in The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) workgroup to establish best practices for remote access methods. The collective knowledge among this workgroup focuses on timing, safety and security that will ultimately be a model that is appropriated among the growing remote connections in injection molding, extrusion equipment and automation systems.
Adoption of remote access through Milacron’s IIoT Platform, M-Powered, has been accelerating in the last 15 months including a 70% increase in connections, despite our technicians not being able to enter user facilities to connect new machines near the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. This critical digital infrastructure among manufacturing companies allows reliable remote access for cloud computing insightful data of machines and automation systems across global machinery fleets in the plastics industry.
Milacron has observed a gap in industry requirements for secure remote monitoring services available on the marketplace. M-Powered customers own their data. Milacron’s role is to keep data and assets secure, while it focuses on pioneering an industry leading IIoT platform for manufacturers that presents a competitive advantage. With the support of ei3 data scientists and their state-of-the-art equipment located worldwide, Milacron’s mission is to exceed the demands of plastics processors by providing unique insights based on data to improve safety, quality, availability, cost and sustainability.
Working with OMAC, Milacron will leverage its experience from deploying M-Powered remote access to large user communities and the key features that made it possible: its inherent safety, industry-grade robustness, and the ability to accommodate requirements from both IT and OT.
“IIoT platforms are consistently emerging on the market with promises to drive smarter, more efficient operating environments. If the security and digital infrastructure are compromised it can carry damaging consequences that go well beyond data theft. In a joint partnership effort with ei3, we want to combine our knowledge to enhance current practices that mitigate risk and uphold customer trust.”
– Edward Jump, M-Powered IIoT Digital Analytics Leader at Milacron
The guidelines resulting from the OMAC workgroup are meaningful to Milacron’s customers when dealing with the intricate inbound connections that yield unique intelligence on current and future operations, sharp manufacturing quality, optimized uptime and OEE. Milacron is proud to -help the workgroup carry out OMAC’s vision to establish a robust framework that allows various organizations and applications to obtain their goals while maintaining safety and security.
Milacron is a global leader in the manufacture, distribution, and service of highly engineered equipment within the plastic technology and processing industry. Milacron offers global solutions that include injection molding and extrusion equipment, plus a wide market range of advanced auxiliary technologies and breakthrough IIoT applications. Visit Milacron at www.milacron.com.
Founded in 1999, ei3 Corporation delivers a suite of robust IoT and AI applications designed for manufacturing companies to increase machine performance, reduce downtime, improve quality, and reduce energy consumption. The out-of-the-box managed solution saves time, money and delivers ROI from day one. – Printing presses, injection molding machines, and packaging equipment are some of the market segments led by ei3. ei3 is headquartered in New York with offices in Montrealand Zurich.
Visit ei3 at www.ei3.com.
The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) helps manufacturers and suppliers work together to identify new and innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of their production operations. OMAC brings together leading End-User Manufacturers, OEM Machine Builders, System Integrators, Technology Providers, and Non-Profit/Government Agency organizations to address issues that confront global manufacturing today. OMAC’s two working groups, Packaging and Manufacturing, lead the way in producing industry consensus guidelines that help manufacturers reduce their delivery times, be more efficient with available resources, and increase profitability. More information is available at www.omac.org.