Industry assessment at Voith: Comprehensive consulting on all aspects of your IIoT-readiness
Digital transformation is starting in industry, too, with an analysis of the current situation: Just how much digitalization is there in my company? What tools and processes are already digital or urgently need to be redesigned to meet the demands of cloud-readiness or IIoT-readiness? Which products and services can be digitally upgraded or streamlined at little cost? How secure are the assets in OT (operational technology) and IT? Which sequences need more attention, more resources and additional personnel?
At the start of a digitalization process, there is always assessment – in the production halls of manufacturing companies, at service providers, in plant buildings and factories. And it is rarely the responses that present companies with major challenges. The right questions come first. They determine the assessment strategy and method together with how the test methods are specifically carried out.
More than 150 years’ experience in innovation
“In machinery and system construction, digitization continues to march on,” the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) states in its IT report. “Trending topics such as IoT platforms, Virtual Reality, Big Data or machine learning” have become much more significant. This offers tremendous potential for innovation in manufacturing. Digitalization in industry will not only change value-added processes. The widespread belief is that it will also create new business models and new horizons for employees. Intelligent, digital manufacturing methods offer great opportunities for small and medium-sized companies.
Voith is taking advantage of these opportunities.
We have been making advances with good ideas since 1867. Starting out from a metalworking shop, Voith has developed into a global family-owned company with about 19,000 employees and €4.3 billion in sales. As a global technology B2B-company, Voith serves key markets in all regions of the world with a broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications: energy from hydropower, oil & gas, paper machines respectively papermaking, raw materials and transport & automotive. Drawing on a history spanning 150 years, we contribute to growth and prosperity at key points in modern societies. As an established technology leader with broad domain knowledge, we provide crucial assistance in the field of smart manufacturing and in the digital transformation of industry.
We support our customers in the B2B field in deploying their own digital power. But digitization has no intrinsic value. Each company needs to find its own path – based on its portfolio, tempo and specific ambitions. We consider ourselves a trailblazer and long-term partner for this development process and provide ways to start from any point along the digital value-added chain.
Networked industry and the cloud: The foundation for data-driven business models
Right at the heart of digitalization are modern cloud technologies and the networking of machines, systems and both physical and virtual “things” in the “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT process). Data are the most important catalyst in the digital transformation of companies in all sectors. They are not, as they are often described, the fuel for digitalization. If this were true, they would be a fossilized raw material available on a limited basis. However, the huge amount of data produced by networked Industry 4.0 is limitless in use and can be divided without losing its value so that other organizations and companies can take part in digitalization. This is the idea behind the platform economy that is helping us to focus our power and produce synergies (OnCumulus).
Steel to data: When ones and zeroes lead to new business models
Data are becoming more and more their own asset and the raw material for new products and services. For many companies, this means a fundamental transformation which, over the long term, will lead them away from products and towards cloud-based services, as well as data-based services. The first step on this road is what we at Voith call the “Steel to data” approach: We use current operations to develop the business models of the future drawing on our many years of experience and our data. In this way, we are creating the basis for digital added value, gaining new experiences, learning from our mistakes and acting to share our knowledge and experiences with others.
Digitalization is not an end in itself
Voith has been exploiting the potential of modern technology for more than 150 years. The main reason for this is the responsibility we have towards our B2B customers and partners. At the same time, a healthy dose of pioneering spirit and an international mindset combined with courage and creativity in innovations and investments are vital.
At Voith, we also make use of the new potential of digitalization – as a continuous evolution in our value proposition. But we also help our customers make complex processes transparent and useful through practical benefits. As a result, together we create increased added value thanks to digital solutions – by means of completely new forms of Machinery Intelligence.
Recognize potential, improve security, increase efficiency
Would you like to learn about the potential of digitization in general but also specifically in regard to your company? What effects will this have on the IoT security of your company? And how can you not just enhance your capability to innovate in digitization but also find new ways to increase your efficiency? With Voith, you will find the right partner to answer all of your Questions.
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Global guide, “machine whisperer”, trailblazer
Voith’s customers benefit from our experience. We help you achieve maximum system efficiency in order to keep pace with global technology competition by means of innovative products, platforms and solutions. Our experts provide their expertise and experience in the development, design and trouble-free, maintenance-free operation of hydropower plants, paper machines, as well as industrial and mobility Solutions to users and operators throughout the world. Our methods allow you to better recognize and make use of your company’s potential. We are assisted in this by having already established digital transformation change processes ourselves. We are constantly extending our domain knowledge with advanced digital expertise.
IIoT-readiness: Digitization is scaling
Voith has been driving digital transformation and automation in industry for many years now. A paradigm shift in business models towards the platform economy is possible due to the digitization and networking of machines and systems in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Platforms can be used as fully developed infrastructure without individual companies needing to design them or wait for them. Companies which, in terms of their IIoT-readiness, fully embrace the networking of systems, machines and components become more productive. They can optimize machine run times and profitably use production data. This benefit is accompanied by enormous financial and organizational advantages and creates possibilities for new business. This is exactly where substantial added value is generated: through the scalability of solutions.
Non-Voith: Our cross-border consulting
With our IoT Consulting Services, IoT Solutions and on-site services, our expertise is not limited to just our machines, systems and solutions. Instead, our field-service technicians are always on the move across the world, even maintaining and repairing non-Voith systems. We are a one-stop shop for quick and reliable services – with a worldwide, but locally available range of services from a large, powerful service organization. Starting with classic spare-parts delivery, these services also include engineering support with problems, replacement, retrofit, performance improvement and, of course, maintenance, repair and overhauling of equipment.
Voith Service can do all this: Classic engineering and consulting services, calculations and turn-key solutions that extend beyond primary third-party equipment. Accordingly, our B2B customers and partners can substantially increase machine and system availability while achieving greater efficiency by saving money on maintenance.
People entrust their data to modern IT and believe that it will be secure there. But we have to earn this trust – in a world that is increasingly threatening our data by new methods. Without trust in security, it will not be possible to realize the economic and social potential of digital transformation.
Security and data protection are core tasks of digital transformation
As a partner to industry, Voith has developed an industrial internet security concept that goes beyond classic IT security and integrates networked machines and systems into the Industrial Internet of Things. Market researchers at Gartner estimate that, in industry alone, 4.3 billion components will be networked across industries in 2020. Added to this are an additional 3.1 billion machines, systems and assets in individual industry sectors.
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Increasing networking creates new challenges
Massive networking of devices using standardized data lines and protocols, namely over the Internet, creates new challenges. For the first time in history, machines and systems vulnerable would be vulnerable from outside over the data lines. And attacks can be a costly and devastating affair for companies. According to "Accenture’s 2019 Annual Cost of Cybercrime study, there has been a 72 percent increase in the annual cost resulting from cyber attacks in the last five years alone.
IIoT security is often underestimated
It is not just the sheer number of networked devices that is raising the danger of attacks and security vulnerabilities overall. In addition, according to the BSI, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), there is the fact that industrially networked devices “unlike traditional Internet-connected devices such as PCs, laptops and servers (…) often lack their own prevention systems. Compared to PCs, they generally have significantly fewer resources available for security mechanisms so as to reduce costs and increase battery life.” The conclusion reached by the German Federal Office does not just sound alarming, it really is alarming. Such systems are not only easier to compromise, detecting these attacks is also significantly more difficult.
A sound strategy for OT security
Consequently, Voith is pursuing a networked operation security strategy that integrates classic IT security with the new OT (Operational Technology) security.
This integrated approach to industrial Internet security or IoT security protects IT infrastructures as well as networked machines and systems down to individual components using similar means as both apply the same technique to generate, store, exchange and analyze data. Voith’s integrated approach is also based on more than 150 years’ experience in the production and reliable operation of paper making machines or hydropower plants. This often involves safety-critical systems that would endanger human life in the event of operational malfunction, power failure or floods.
Cooperation with associations
Voith is also involved in the field of integrated security – for example, in the VDMA sector association the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance and the Open Group Forum, which and the Open Group Forum, which deals with the interoperability and security of industrially networked systems. This commitment is also based on the experience accumulated by Voith as one of the first companies to gain certification according to ISO standard 27001. This standard lays down the requirements for creating, implementing, maintaining and continuously improving documented information security management systems.
Based on these strong foundations, Voith offers its customers and partners an entire range of services to allow them to protect their industrially networked systems. As a result, Voith already created a Data Protection and Information Security Competence Center many years ago. The Voith Security Operations Team consists of qualified experts who are involved in the protection of IT infrastructures. As part of their work, the team monitors (industrial security monitoring) and analyzes (assessment) all security-related systems – company networks, servers, workplace computers and Internet services – and investigates them for anomalies.
The central component in this task is a sensor system that automatically analyzes, correlates and displays the large quantities of IT and OT information on its own. The automation of security processes is one of the most important measures in ensuring effective protection against attacks as well as providing additional benefits. Security automation aims to meet the growing expectations of cyber security faced with the ever more complex threat scenarios and the increasing complexity of IT infrastructures. In addition, it relieves IT of some of the perpetual cost pressures by reducing manual activities during inspections, actions and reports. Finally, automation supports companies in better meeting regulatory and compliance requirements.
Under contract to its customers, Voith performs Penetration tests. In these stress tests, qualified expert teams simulate targeted attacks on IT and OT infrastructures to reveal and eliminate vulnerabilities. The tests follow the penetration test strategy recommended by the German Federal Office for Information Security and the basic principles of the international ISO 27001 standard (ISO27001 Assessment).
Security assessments in industry uncover security vulnerabilities
Voith offers its customers security assessments based on various certifications and programs. These include ISO 27001 (IT security), IEC 62443 for industrial communications network security and NERC CIP, an American collection of different standards for critical infrastructure protection. The objective of the assessment is to locate and eliminate vulnerabilities.
Security by design/by default
Voith provides its products and solutions with adequate security strategies and dynamic measures as early as the development phase (“by design”). These security strategies continue to be followed in the default settings for the solutions at delivery (“by default”). However, security does not end with the delivery of new products. Rather, it is extended over the entire life cycle through flexible settings. This is necessary because an effective security strategy is never static. Instead, it is dynamic to meet the ever changing threat situations.
Voith is learning with its customers and partners
Despite all its experience and expertise, Voith is an organization that constantly learns too. We learn from and together with our customers because we listen closely to them – and their machines. Digitization even assists us in this. By using modern equipment, we can now listen even closer in the machine room, be able to detect even the smallest malfunctions early and avoid outages.
One of the earliest impacts of digital transformation is in predictive maintenance. Networking machines and systems in the Industrial Internet of Things provides the basis for predictive maintenance – the use of sensors to generate data, continuously and in real time, about the maintenance state and let these data be evaluated via the cloud or locally (edge computing). Using a maintenance strategy, errors can be detected before a shutdown or damage even occurs.
Maximizing efficiency through predictive maintenance
Predictive maintenance doesn’t require any new business models, “just” a few technical preparations. However, companies need well-founded knowledge and a “feel” for how their machines and systems function so as to be able to detect even the smallest deviation. As well as the technical conditions, experience and domain knowledge are absolutely vital. More than 150 years of expertise with hydropower plants, paper machinery and mobility solutions help Voith technicians and maintenance teams during predictive maintenance. This leads straightaway to an increase in operational efficiency for our customers. For some sectors, for example, the operators of hydro power plants and paper producers, Voith offers special Maintenance Management Software for predictive maintenance (“OnCare.Asset”). This software uses strategic and operational actions and turns them into a continuous improvement process and, through smart manufacturing, turns good manufacturing companies into smart ones.
Trailblazer and promoter of digitalization
Some companies are larger than Voith but very few have deeper knowledge about industry and its sectors. As a result, we can be a trailblazer and partner in specific digital development that can start at any point on the value-added chain. We enable our customers to digitize on their terms – based on their portfolio, tempo and specific ambitions.
This benefits both ourselves and other companies. But, in addition, we also see ourselves as part of the industrial core in Germany, Europe and beyond that is not merely an island of stability with its highly specialized, excellent medium-sized firms. With its Industry 4.0 strategies, this industrial core has also created a vision for the future with a global impact. We are firmly committed to concentrating on this strength and pressing on with the digitalization of industry and medium-sized firms. In the end, this benefits us all.
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