Manufacturing IT/OT – Holistic System Design

Holistic System Design

With any major investment in technology and automation, challenges exist that must be addressed throughout the design to ensure that the project will be as successful as it can be. Some of these challenges include:

Proper Design Practices – There are many ways to implement a control and information system. There are however only a few good ways to properly design for current and future needs.

Technology Experience – Expertise in the tools and technology is key to a project’s success.

Manufacturing Process Knowledge – It is imperative that the team designing and implementing the system know and understand the nuances of the manufacturing process while they develop the systems and software.

Matrix Technologies understands that solving smaller technical challenges are a part of the larger goal of keeping your facility running and preparing for the future. Part of Matrix Technologies’ Better Process for Success® for Manufacturing IT/OT is to leverage our experience and knowledge to find the best overall solution that meets your needs.

When you work with Matrix Technologies, we will focus on fundamental questions as part of our design and implementation process. We do this through the following steps and services.

System Design

Define Your Goals – What are the factors that are most important to you?

  • Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability
  • Security
  • Robustness and Reliability
  • Fault Tolerance
  • Future scalability
  • Others

Design the Application Architecture

  • Industrial Automation Control System Domain
  • Standalone or Distributed application architecture design
  • Information flow between applications and services

Design the Logical System Architecture

  • Network Topology
  • Addressing, Subnets, Segmentation
  • Protocols
  • Security Strategies
  • Manufacturing Zones and Domains

Design the Physical System Architecture

  • Network switches and firewalls
  • Servers and storage
  • Cabinets and control panels
  • Cable connections and cable routing
  • Power, shielding, and grounding

Design the Computing System Architecture

  • Server, workstation, desktop, and thin client computing architectures
  • Vendor relationships and execution of specification, purchasing, and configuration of equipment
  • Datacenter or plant floor

Repeat as Required

  • Review if the designs meet the initial goals
  • Review if the goals have changed
  • Get customer confirmation before moving forward

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