- According to the "Industrial Analytics 2016/2017 Report", the industry expects solutions for cyber security as well as for ensuring production and increasing sales
- For 2017, Rhebo identify "digital transparency in real-time" and "integration of industrial control systems (ICS) communication in planning systems and quality assurance" as the driving challenges for the industry
- Rhebo lay out the fundamental milestones and requirements for automated production environments
Leipzig, March 16, 2017 - The discussion about Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) generally focuses on cost advantages and profit opportunities. In its December 2016 »Industrial Analytics 2016/2017 Report«, the Digital Analytics Association (DAA) confirms the outlook on profit growth, optimization of plant availability and reduction of downtimes as the biggest drivers in industrial companies to open up to technologies of Industry 4.0.
However, as a rule, it remains unclear which milestones and technical requirements must be fulfilled. In a recent analysis, Rhebo identified basic conditions that are essential for the path to profitability and higher plant availability.
Three milestones to increase productivity
The first milestone is the integration of ICS communications into production control. The effective integration of ICS communication into ERP or MES systems enables agile production processes and safeguards plant availability, in particular in context of predictive maintenance. At the same time it creates new challenges to the cyber security strategy for ICS due to the convergence of ICS and Office-IT networks.
In the second step, the ICS communication is integrated into the quality assurance system. The integration of the communication and general network management into the quality management system as well as Kaizen and Six Sigma methods further increases plant availability and product quality. In addition, detailed analyzes of the ICS communication at content level (Deep Packet Inspection) also reduce operational failures and downtimes.
Finally, the real-time analysis of data is realized. For this purpose, plant data are collected in real-time, aggregated and comprehensively processed. This allows for a better planning of maintenance times as well as the significant reduction of downtimes.
Eight requirements for Industry 4.0
In order to meet the milestones, specific technical innovations are required for automated production environments and critical infrastructures. Beside the identification of all assets and their specific communication roles in the ICS, companies need to be capable of reliably detecting faulty equipment as well as components that have become compromised in their integrity. Additionally, they need technology to carry out a continuous analysis and control of communication flows. This ultimately leads to the necessity for real-time analysis of all devices, the real-time reporting of compromising or suspicious operational commands and a consistent monitoring of the entire ICS communication at content level.
In order to guarantee ICS operators the full authority over their decision-making, the technology stays nonreactive but facilitates automatic prioritization and a clear visualization of all events and anomalies.
Rhebo is a German technology company specializing in the reliability of industrial control systems by means of surveilling the entire data communication. Its founders, Klaus Mochalski (CEO), Martin Menschner (CTO) and Frank Stummer (Business Development), each have more than 10 years of experience in the development and marketing of network management and IT security technologies. Klaus Mochalski and Frank Stummer were previously founders in the management of IT security companies ipoque, and Adyton Systems, which together now have more than 150 employees. During the same period, Martin Menschner was the responsible CTO at Adyton Systems as well as project manager for ipoque in the areas of network security and deep packet inspection.