campofiro smart manufacturing

The processed meats producer implemented Cisco’s solutions at its new smart manufacturing facility in Burgos

Campofrío Food Group, a Spanish producer of branded processed meats, is taking advantage of the smart manufacturing capabilities of its new production plant in Burgos, in Northern Spain.

With a gross surface area expanding 99,000 square meters and an estimated production of 101,400 tons a year, the new plant replaces the previous facilities, destroyed by a fire in November 2014.

From the beginning of the design process, Campofrío seized the opportunity to create a smart factory that connects machines, devices, sensors and people in real-time. With this in mind, the Spanish firm selected Cisco Connected Factory solution to create a smart factory that would enable to manage and optimize its business processes.

The project stipulated the convergence of IT with operational technology networks through Ethernet and IP. This is already allowing Campofrío to securely interconnect machines across the plant over a secure and integrated platform, enabling a higher quality in the production process.

The Cisco Connected Factory architectural solution also provides an automated interface between enterprise and control systems, allowing real-time monitoring and analytics. The smart manufacturing solution aims to provide Campofrío improved control of the plant, increased efficiency and flexibility, less downtime, and higher productivity cycles, the networking company said.

The smart factory solution also provides increased security. By closely controlling on-premise and remote access to plant networks by user, device, and location, it also helps improving overall company security for both digital and physical assets.

The solution was deployed by Cisco Advanced Services in partnership with Aryse, Vodafone and Bluefish to deliver access, wireless, and industrial Ethernet technologies.

This was the first implementation of the Cisco Connected Factory in Spain. The solution is already in use by international manufacturers globally, including General Motors, Stanley Black & Decker, and Daimler Trucks North America.

“Upon a great effort made by our employees, customers and partners, we’ve created one of the most advanced food manufacturing plants in Europe. Designing our ‘New Bureba’ facility with connectivity at its core, we are confident to have a Factory 4.0 blueprint that will help us in continuing to demonstrate excellence through innovation, competitive pricing and rapid time to market,” said Javier Álvarez, CIO at Campofrío Food Group.

“To stay competitive, manufacturers need to create an expanded, adaptable network infrastructure that connects IT systems with the plant floor and get monitoring and analytics in real-time. The digital manufacturing foundation delivered by Cisco Connected Factory is a great example of the Industrial Internet of Things in action,” Jesús Mansilla, enterprise manager at Cisco Spain, said.

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