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Industrial Automation At-a-Glance

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The edge of disruption

Manufacturers today face a multitude of challenges. On one hand, they need to keep their production running, ensure product quality, be able to scale production up and down quicky, and comply with regulations. On the other, they need to do all that while facing a widening skills gap, pandemic-era safety concerns, cybersecurity threats, and mandated sustainability goals.

To deal with these challenges, manufacturers are embracing industrial IoT and Industry 4.0, rapidly digitizing their operations to access critical data so they can optimize their processes, monitor equipment, and watch for abnormalities. With this data, back-end analytical cloud applications can help schedule preventive maintenance to increase production uptime, document regulatory requirements, increase efficiency, enhance safety and security, and help make informed decisions regarding their operations and products.

The edge of disruption

Cisco Industrial Automation solution

An industrial network with scale, flexibility, performance, security, and resiliency is the key to reliable manufacturing operations where operational data can be easily leveraged for production agility and increased profitability. The Cisco® Industrial Automation solution integrates industrial-strength networking equipment with network management and security tools, and provides validated guides designed to accelerate your adoption of and benefit from industrial IoT.

The Cisco Industrial Automation solution converges IT management and security technologies with industrial networks, drawing on both IT expertise and operational intelligence.


      Increase uptime by identifying and resolving issues, often before they impact production

      Lower costs, reduce errors, and increase agility by automating time-consuming activities such as network configuration

      Improve security by increasing the visibility of assets and interactions, defining access policies for network segmentation, and integrating with enterprise security applications

      Enhance production agility and reduce time to market with an agile and scalable network

      Extract relevant operational data for analytical processing in cloud-based business applications


Cisco Industrial Automation solution provides the following capabilities to manufacturers:

      Support for the critical networking requirements of industrial automation and control systems

      Tighter integration of industrial assets with business systems for flexible and lean manufacturing and faster changeovers

      Granular asset and process visibility for anomaly detection and less unplanned downtime

      Sensor and machine connectivity to accelerate response time to incidents and orchestrate business decisions for closed-loop automation

      Intelligent and automated network management to deploy, configure, and monitor network devices faster and with fewer errors


Cisco Industrial Automation includes industrial network infrastructure, security, and management tools for a complete architecture.

      Cisco Catalyst® Industrial Ethernet (IE) 3200, 3300, 3400, 4000, 4010, and 5000 Series switches and Catalyst 9300 and 9500 Series commercial switches

      Cisco Cyber Vision

      Cisco Firepower 2100 Series firewalls and Cisco Secure Firewall ISA3000

      Cisco DNA Center

      Cisco Industrial Asset Vision

Cisco and partner services

Accelerate your transition to a more secure, reliable, connected industrial environment with services that help you plan, build, and manage your platform with Cisco Customer Experience (IoT). Available services include:


      Advisory services




      Managed services

Next steps

For additional information and to find out how to get started, refer to the Industrial Automation Solution Brief or the Securing Industrial Networks Solution Brief, or visit Industrial IoT Solutions for Digital Manufacturing.




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