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DULUTH, GA – December 10, 2018 – Polytron, Inc., a Digital System Integrator, leader in engineering consulting and Systems Integrator is pleased to announce that it has again been awarded the prestigious System Integrator of the Year for 2019.
Each year, system integrators around the world compete for the title of System Integrator of the Year based on achievements in the areas of technical expertise, business skills, and customer satisfaction. Hosted by Control Engineering, entries are reviewed by a panel of industry experts who select one winner from each of the three revenue categories.
Duluth, Georgia – December 5, 2018 – Polytron, Inc. today announced the promotion of Richard Phillips, PE, PMP to Director of Polytron’s Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Group. Richard has been acting as the practice lead over the past several years providing guidance and thought leadership to Polytron’s manufacturing clients that are embarking on their Digital Transformation journeys. As Director of the Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Group, Richard will report directly to Polytron’s CEO, Ron Rich, in order to provide the agility required to effectively address this rapidly growing segment. READ MORE
Highest Tier is Designed to Help Customers Identify Experts in the
Implementation and Management of Solutions Based on TrakSYS™
Duluth, GA, January 31, 2018 – Polytron, Inc. today announced it has been elevated to Gold Tier Level, the highest tier in the Parsec Solutions Partner Program.
The Parsec partner program ensures manufacturers worldwide have access to experts in the development, implementation and management of solutions based on TrakSYS™, its web-based manufacturing operations management software platform. Gold Tier partners are regarded as the most experienced.
“Polytron, Inc. has been a Parsec Solution Partner and Certified Partner for over 10 years and is proud to be recognized as a Parsec Gold Tier Solutions Partner. Utilizing TrakSYS, we are better able to deliver powerful, flexible, and scalable data management solutions for virtually any manufacturing challenge faced by our customers,” said Brent Stromwall, Vice President, Polytron, Inc.
“We are pleased to welcome Polytron, Inc. as a Gold Tier member of our partner program,” said Michael Stephens, executive vice president of sales and customer support for Parsec. “We think of our partners as an extended part of our team, and Polytron, Inc. helps ensure we can bring the highest level of service and support to our customers worldwide.”
Smarter Software for Smart Manufacturing
The pressure to increase quality and productivity, while reducing costs, has manufacturers seeking a deeper understanding of trends and patterns on the plant floor. TrakSYS aggregates data from multiple sources to deliver real-time, actionable intelligence for significant quality and productivity improvement – while leveraging existing assets, resources and infrastructure. The integrated platform can power multiple solutions and the modular nature of TrakSYS brings complete flexibility to deploy only the functions desired, without a software upgrade required. TrakSYS business solutions include OEE, SPC, e-records, maintenance, traceability, workflow, batch processing, sustainability, labor and more.
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About Polytron, Inc.
Polytron is in its 35th year as a Full Manufacturing Systems and Solutions Integrator for Food and Beverage, Chemical, Consumer Goods, Life Sciences and other industries. Delivering digital solutions for most of our 35 years, we help manufacturers create highly automated and data-driven production environments for Smart Manufacturing. Polytron carefully examines every facet of the manufacturing business, and delivers solutions, strategies and results, to improve operations for the flexibility, speed and knowledge required for competitive positioning and success in the era of Smart Manufacturing (Industry 4.0, IIoT, Connected Enterprise). To learn more about Polytron, Inc. please visit www.polytron.com.
Parsec is the developer of TrakSYS, a leading real-time manufacturing operations management software platform. Manufacturing companies worldwide rely on Parsec for flexible and configurable software to manage and execute manufacturing operations across the value stream more effectively. Without production disruption, TrakSYS helps manufacturers to significantly improve asset utilization and efficiency, increase capacity with no new capital equipment, reduce production costs, decrease lead time, and improve profitability. With measureable ROI, TrakSYS delivers the bottom-line results that manufacturing companies are looking for. To learn more about Parsec, please visit www.parsec-corp.com and follow the company on LinkedIn.
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In March 2014, Polytron, Inc. became Rockwell Automation’s first North American Machinery Safety Solution Partner. This Machinery Safety designation is reserved for an elite group of systems integrators that pass a thorough assessment of their safety application expertise, experience and capabilities, and shows a commitment to maintaining excellence in machinery safety applications over the long term.
Since earning the Machinery Safety elite status in North America, Polytron has consistently invested in the TÜV certification of select engineers to meet the growing machinery safety needs of its clients and ensure the highest level of safety solutions. TÜV machinery safety certifications are provided by various technology providers across the industry and Polytron has chosen to select technology vendor certifications to deliver a broader depth of expertise.
Polytron currently has five TÜV certified machinery safety professionals and the team continues to grow. The most recent certification was a TÜV SUD Siemens Functional Safety Professional certified by Siemens in May 2017. The team currently holds the following certifications.
- One TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Engineer (FSE) certified by Rockwell Automation
- One TÜV SUD Siemens Functional Safety Professional (SFSP) certified by Siemens
- Three TÜV NORD Certified Safety Machinery Experts (CSME) certified by Pilz
The TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Program is the only worldwide extended vocational training program in the area of Functional Safety where knowledge and competencies are approved of by a third neutral party and where certificates are issued. Today, there are more than 6,500 engineers worldwide who have participated in the various training topics and have become a “Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland)”. Polytron’s Functional Safety Engineer is one of only a few hundred engineers in the United States who have achieved this certification. TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Program (Machinery) deepens knowledge in the following topics:
- European Guidelines, Standards
- Risk Analysis
- ISO 13849-1: 1999 (EN 954-1) / EN ISO 13849-1: 2006 / EN 62601
- Safety Devices
- Safety functions of Machines
- Circuits, Schematics, Examples
- New Standards Regarding Safety of Machinery
The CMSE® – Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD) is a globally recognized qualification enabling a 360 degree approach to machinery safety. TUV NORD, with its subsidiary TÜV NORD CERT, is an international certification body and is present in more than 70 countries worldwide. The CMSE® – Certified Machinery Safety Expert certification is validation of competency in machinery safety. Areas of certified competence include:
- Introduction to Safety
- Machinery Safety Legislation
- Risk Assessment
- Mechnical Guarding
- Electrical Safety
- Functional Safety of Control Systems
- Functional Safety of Pressurized Fluid Systems
- IEC 61511 – Practical Use
- Process Safety
- TUV Functional Safety for process industry (Exam/Certification)
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Smart Manufacturing Defined: The use of real-time data and technology when, where and in the forms that are needed by people and machines; fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the plant.
Business Value Drivers of the Smart Manufacturing environment are:
- Sustainability: Quality Improvement / Capacity Management enhancement / Reduction in energy consumption
- Asset Management: Reduction in equipment maintenance / Increasing lifespan / OEE Improvement
- Employee Productivity: Collaborative solutions / Automated workforce management / Increased worker mobility on the plant floor
As the plant floor evolves to a Smart Manufacturing environment, current workforce skills will also need evolve to efficiently respond to a data-driven work environment. While many discussions in the industry have centered around the challenge of finding new outside talent, the emphasis should shift toward a focus on workforce development for existing plant talent and closing the skill gaps through internal and external training.
Polytron addressed this topic in a recent workshop, “Preparing Today’s Multi-generational Workforce for Smart Manufacturing” facilitated at the 2017 Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Expo in Cleveland, OH. In open discussions with attending manufacturers, we asked about: pressures in their organizations; skill assessments for current employees; knowledge retention programs; and new ways to retain and motivate the workforce.
We heard comments such as:
- The overall skills gap is continuing to pressure our organization, and it has begun to negatively impact production.
- Our organization lacks the tools to conduct a skills assessment of the existing workforce.
- We currently have no intentional knowledge retention program to identify those workers who might be close to retiring taking valuable plant floor knowledge and best practices out the door with them.
- Increasing competition and cost pressures are reducing our ability to fill open positions.
- We need to provide our existing workforce with easy access to training and information that will improve productivity.
What is Your Risk – Know Your Current Workforce
Aging Workforce: Addressing your aging workforce NOW is critical. Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 each day and walking out the door with years of valuable knowledge you might have overlooked as critical to your current and future production efficiency. In the manufacturing industry, many of these individuals might not have reached “retirement age”, but they have reached “retirement status” due to the number of years on the job. More than ever before, a process to monitor the inventory of the retirement dates of these individuals is critical. Whether based on chronological age or work years, it is of paramount importance that knowledge transfer occurs as quickly as possible and in a continuous manner.
Skills Assessment and Knowledge Transfer Gaps: The process of closing the knowledge transfer gap across the Workforce includes:
- Conduct complete Skills Assessments with all workers, specifically those who might be retiring soon, to ensure you capture key knowledge as it relates to specific and critical tasks performed.
- Create Standard Operating Procedures and collaborate with other subject matter experts to develop Best Practices for Workforce Development
- Update Job Descriptions to accurately represent skills required
- Establish training plan to transfer to the knowledge across the plant floor and close the skills gap.
These practices will provide the organization with a more accurate understanding of the risks associated with lost knowledge and the skills gaps in the ever-changing manufacturing arena. The result of these efforts is a detailed process to track current skill inventories and future workforce needs for all essential roles.
What are Smart Manufacturing Skills Needed for the New Data-driven Environment?
A recent Deloitte executive study was conducted for the purpose of determining what skills are most lacking in today’s workforce. The results indicated significant skills gaps in the following areas: Technology and Computer Skills; Problem Solving Skills; Basic Technical Training; and Math Skills. These important skills gap findings were confirmed by a Smart Competencies Hierarchy created through collaboration between the Manufacturing Institute, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing to identify the skills required for Smart Manufacturing.
An expanded sample listing from the Smart Competencies Hierarchy shows more focus is needed in the following areas:
- Critical and Analytic Thinking
- Communication – Listening / Speaking
- Sustainable Practices
- Maintenance, Installation, Repair and Production
- Problem Solving / Decision Making
- Employee Initiative
Start Today: By starting the Skills Assessment and Knowledge Gap process now, and implementing a continual practice of conducting further skills inventory interviews with your workforce, you might identify individuals with some of the skills listed above that aren’t being applied in their current position. For instance, a worker may not be using math in the current position, but a further interview and skills review reveal they have a background in bookkeeping and accounting. These are skills not required for the current position but are transferable to the requirements in the new data-driven manufacturing environment. The results of the skills inventory will allow the organization to maximize the productivity of the workforce by re-allocating employees to new roles or expanding their current position, without increasing the size of the workforce.
Changes made to the technology and processes without consideration of the workforce will impede the expected improvement in overall productivity. The plant floor and workforce must evolve into a Smart Manufacturing environment together. The current plant workforce becomes a resource pool for the new skills identified by the Operations Technology team as changes are being made to equipment, network, and data visibility.
Where are you in your Smart Manufacturing journey? Check out our new Smart Manufacturing Maturity Checklist.
Duluth, Georgia – January, 2017 – Polytron, Inc. was selected by Cisco’s Digital Transformation Group to be one of the first in its new Digital System Integrator Pilot Program.
Polytron, Inc. is a holistic Digital Solution provider – a Consulting and Engineering firm for manufacturers (not just a systems integrator) coming alongside its customers with full manufacturing systems and solutions for the Digital Transformation journey. Polytron understands that Smart Manufacturing is changing the way manufacturers strategically operate and is unique in its approach that addresses the culture change with a focus on its customers’ people Connecting Process – People – Performance.
“The Cisco Digital System Integrator Program is a natural fit for Polytron,” says Robin Cobb, PE, PMP, Manager, Industrial Network and Security Solutions (INSS) group. “We have been delivering innovative digital transformation engineering to our customers for many years enabling greater connectivity across the plant floor and connecting to the Enterprise level.”
Polytron’s certified expertise in the industry’s best-in-breed technologies allows the Digital System Integrator to leverage the best technology solutions for the customer to meet its long- and short -term business objectives.
Unlike other firms, Polytron’s Workforce Development and Training Group focuses on the people side of the digital journey. With today’s multigenerational workforce, developing a data-driven mindset for consistent operational efficiency requires standardized processes, new skill sets, a new way of communicating on the plant floor, and understanding manufacturing data delivered to the right person at the right time and the right place for actionable results.
“Polytron’s collaborative relationship with Cisco’s Digital Transformation Group will allow us to better support the customer’s whole business with Smart Manufacturing Solutions ̶ from the plant floor to the business enterprise,” says Polytron vice president Brent Stromwall. “We are proud to have been selected as one of the first integrators to participate in the Digital System Integrator Program.”
Polytron, Inc – Industrial Networks and Security Solutions (INSS): Developing a robust and secure network infrastructure requires protecting the integrity, availability and confidentiality of control and information data. Polytron’s approach to industrial network convergence applies a design methodology for network requirements to develop a physical framework to align with and support the customer’s logical framework. From Network Audit to definition and design, through Implementation and Validation, our roadmap ensures secure, standardized, and consistent network integration to enable plant wide information sharing. Polytron is a certified solution partner with other technology solution providers for Industrial Network Solutions and Security. Our technology relationships allow us to deliver the right solution to meet our clients’ specific needs. Our engineers are Cisco CCNA certified and we also have ISA99 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist on staff.
InTech Magazine, November/December 2016
A global beverage manufacturing was having network performance and communication disruptions between factory floor assets.
Read how Polytron upgraded the Industrial Network. The updated network provided the desired performance results and delivered a system that is secure, sustainable, and scalable—eliminating network-related production downtime. The updated network also increased the plant’s networking support structure and ease of maintenance, and introduced new technologies that can be used in future plant projects. Read the full article here.
Duluth, GA – 17 October 2016 – Polytron, Inc., a leading engineering consultancy and systems integration firm based in Duluth, Georgia, proudly announces that Lynn Moriarty, PE, CAP, Project Lead has earned his ISA 99/ IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist Certification. The ISA Cybersecurity Fundamental Specialist Certification deepens Lynn’s expertise to provide solutions appropriate to SCADA and plant floor environments. Lynn has over twenty years of engineering experience providing industrial automation, systems integration and electrical engineering services to the food and beverage, consumer products, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. The increase in the exposure and cybersecurity threats to the SCADA and process control networks demand that manufacturers protect critical control systems. The ISA Cybersecurity certification provides Polyton’s clients with solutions for advanced SCADA protection through Risk Analysis and building the business case for industrial security.
The ISA Certification includes Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems standards: ANSI/ISA-62443-1-1 (ANSI/ISA-99.00.01-2007), ANSI/ISA-62443-2-1 (ANSI/ISA-99.02.01-2009), ANSI/ISA-62443-3-3; Security for industrial automation and control systems; System security requirements and security levels. Full Press Release