Process and control today |  Stratus Edge Computing Platform Helps Power Processing Solution Provider Improve Operations Visibility and Improve Business Continuity

Process and control today | Stratus Edge Computing Platform Helps Power Processing Solution Provider Improve Operations Visibility and Improve Business Continuity

Based in Switzerland, the powder processing solutions provider has a long history of manufacturing machinery used by pharmaceutical and food companies to mix, blend and convey fine powder products. Its Asia-Pacific operations serve customers in the region, leveraging the company’s renowned powder processing technology.

Food companies rely on the company’s machine to produce coffee powder, for example. Machines are also available for pharmaceutical customers, which help them meet the stringent cleaning and processing requirements of their products.

High Availability for the Digital Future
To ensure that its operations ran smoothly, the powder processing technology company knew it had to seek a replacement for its existing solution, which could not meet its business continuity goals.

It relied solely on a cold backup, running on a standard workstation, to maintain business operations in the event of a disruption. That, he knew, was not enough.

Backup had to be done manually and syncs were not always error free. More importantly, snapshots may not always work for complete or quick recovery in the event of a problem in the production system.

The company knew that high availability was essential for the critical equipment used to build the powder processing machines its customers trust. Unplanned downtime presents a risk of lost revenue. It also requires a disproportionate amount of resources to get things back up and running.

Find an easy-to-deploy solution
The powder processing supplier first sought to implement a hot backup system. However, this did not solve the business continuity challenge. The company always needed a way to quickly recover data in the event of an unplanned outage.

Its technology parent, Winsys Technology, offered a high-availability system based on the Stratus ztC Edge server. By placing it at an important part of its operations – at the edge of the network controlling and monitoring the manufacturing process – the powder processing supplier was able to gain a better understanding of the situation in real time.

Thanks to this, the personnel could remotely monitor the machines without having to enter the factory. He could be more proactive in handling any emerging issues with a manufacturing machine.

“As a system integrator, we provided our customer with a complete availability solution that involved less infrastructure effort and complexity, so we could focus on application design and programming. For our customer, the system gave him greater peace of mind so he could focus on the performance of the manufacturing machines and provide a better customer experience.
Eugene Yeo
Business Development Director
Winsys Technology

Building a Foundation for the Future with the Stratus ztC Edge Server
Key to the decision was Stratus’ rugged design that makes the ztC Edge server designed for industrial use. The high availability it provides is essential, as all data written to disk is automatically mirrored.

The Intel-based ztC Edge platform also delivered high performance. A single unit allowed the powder processing supplier to monitor and control their manufacturing machinery on their premises, running multiple workloads simultaneously. Indeed, the ztC Edge Server comes with built-in virtualization to allow customers to consolidate multiple applications onto a single platform. This means reducing costs and increasing agility.

Rapid deployment and ease of maintenance

At the same time, the ztC Edge Server comes with the ease of installation and maintenance Stratus is known for. With rugged hot-swappable nodes, automated data protection, and local site recovery, it helps reduce the complexity of a company’s IT infrastructure.

For a systems integrator such as Winsys, which has experience integrating IT and operational (OT) technologies, the ztC Edge server quickly demonstrated its ease of use.

“We like the fact that a virtual machine can be easily duplicated on another ztC Edge server, which has helped us reduce the time required for installation. We can focus our resources and services on operational requirements and new customer opportunities, while reducing the time spent responding to customer service or maintenance calls.
Wang Lei
Technical director
Winsys Technology

He could easily prepare a virtual machine (VM) remotely and duplicate it to another ztC Edge machine, which saves him a lot of time in basic installation. For each machine installed, it could save one day of manpower.

This was a key advantage for the powder processing vendor, as the company did not have a full-time IT team to take care of the Edge Computing unit. Moreover, with the ease of use of the ztC Edge server, the company could focus less on the infrastructure and more on its applications. This modernization of the company’s equipment also provides peace of mind for their critical infrastructure, allowing them to focus on improving their solutions and focus more on their long-term customers.

Conclusion
The Stratus ztC Edge server helped the powder processing supplier reduce unplanned downtime, improving the reliability and productivity of their production line. This has been key in enabling him to move forward and build trust with his own clients.

The ease of use of the ztC Edge Server also means there is no need to hire a dedicated IT team to be on site all the time. By being easy to maintain and use, the system allowed the company to focus on its core business.

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