Wired and wireless infrastructure, integrated communications and collaboration, smart Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and managed services – these are the hallmarks of the modern manufacturing facility. The Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 – the core of digital transformation – is all about interconnectivity as a driver of agile and lean manufacturing, bringing every process and protocol into a single, sharp focus. Incorporating process automation, centralized data management, and inventory control with a cohesive and all-encompassing control network means efficiency, safety, and reduced capacity issues and downtime.
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Meeting the demand for mission-critical wireless and IoT across any foreseeable environment means deploying the right foundational technology. With hundreds of manufacturing clients across the globe, Black Box has the expertise to design and implement intelligent, cutting-edge Industry 4.0 /5.0 solutions that support production automation and facilities across any number of sites. Our clients effectively integrate smart manufacturing solutions to ensure that coverage and capacity expectations are not only met, but exceeded.
Design, deploy, and manage advanced technologies to drive efficiency, improve productivity and safety, and enhance communications at every stage of your digital transformation, across sites both local and global.
Smart manufacturing depends on reliable high-speed connectivity. While industrial Ethernet and legacy wireless technology based on Wi-Fi have limited capabilities, 5G and OnGo-enabled private LTE networks support the new connectivity wave: reliable, ultra-fast, seamless mobility, minimal latency, security, interoperability, and quality.Know More
Seamlessly connect IT to OT (Operations Technology) while eliminating digital blind spots, connecting assets, people, applications, and data in real time. Benefit from fast and secure data exchange and visualization within the smart factory for optimized value chain processes.Know More
Reinvent manufacturing, collect quality data, provide intelligence and reliability to manufacturing processes, and achieve new levels of connectivity through Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Take advantage of the IIoT benefits from enhanced productivity, cost savings, safe working conditions and environmentally-sustainable operations.
Where does your business stand? Is your business ready to generate value by leveraging Industry 4.0 technologies?
To facilitate your journey into the digital future, Black Box supports you with an Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment. During this half-day workshop, we will work with you to assess your business, processes, and capabilities.
Your industrial environment presents specific and unique challenges. Extreme temperatures, humidity, and corrosive materials can ruin essential IT equipment and make it difficult for personnel to operate and maintain your infrastructure and automation. Factor in the motors, mechanical switches, and other devices producing large amounts of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and the solution is clear – you need rugged hardware and uninterrupted interconnectivity. Whether your concerns center around big data, cloud computing, advanced robotics, or even augmented reality, the success of your systems will depend on how easily they deploy and how well they function in any environment.
Black Box has a large range of solutions designed to perform in the toughest environments and rise to the challenge for smooth, interruption-free operation and minimal downtime.
A manufacturing company’s Process Control System (PCS) is monitored in KVM workspaces with four screens, but it is difficult for operators to know where to look for crucial, time-sensitive information. Learn how DESKVUE consolidates important information directly in-line with operators’ eyesight, decreasing their reaction time so they can immediately correct equipment malfunctions or other critical situations.Read Case Study
Agnico-Eagle, a Canadian gold producer, faced challenges in modern gold extraction processes with complex refining procedures. To monitor and control production, they set up cameras in the production areas and used Black Box KVM extenders to transmit signals between the control room and safe server room. The Black Box equipment worked flawlessly, providing an effective and flexible control system for the mine's operations.Read Case Study
Ströer is a leading German provider of out-of-home (OOH) media and offers advertising customers individualized and fully-integrated, end-to-end solutions along the entire marketing and sales value chain.Read Case Study
The refinery and Black Box agreed on a control room extension solution based on the Emerald SE KVM system. This point-to-point Emerald system allows operators to access the new servers in the equipment room from their workstations in the control room, streamlining workflows and enhancing operations.Read Case Study
India's largest electric utility company needed to provide remote access to 16 servers in their control room so operators could monitor and manage the devices from their workstations. They turned to Black Box to implement a reputable high-performance KVM and KM solution. Learn how the ServSwitch CX KVM Switch, Freedom KM Switch, as well as video and USB extenders helped them improve operations and workplace efficiency.Read Case Study
When updating their more than two-decade old control room, the California's Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) turned to Black Box to implement a flexible, secure, efficient, ergonomic, and intuitive solutions for signal extension and switching. Discover how our Emerald KVM over IP helped provide seamless communications and control.Read Case Study
Security issues in a global manufacturer of home cleaning supplies' legacy PBX system led to international fraud. The previous maintenance contractors were unable to resolve the issue. Black Box stepped in to help consolidate them into a new UCC system with added features at a lower monthly cost and $38K in maintenance savings.
A large food manufacturer turned to Black Box for help optimizing its network, upgrading its unified communications system, and supporting them after installation. The result was enhanced security and efficiency that lead to a projected savings of approximately $3 million.
No matter the environment, distance or size – Black Box brings you Industry 4.0 solutions designed to withstand the demands of any environment and any process. The most useful technology bridges the gap between human operators, controllers, technicians, and managers, bringing progress and efficiency into sharp focus.
You need a technology partner who will analyze your specific situation and pay close attention to your needs. No one can describe your unique position and applications better than you. That's why we are committed to objective analysis and honest appraisals. Continual investment in R&D and world-class infrastructure allows us to co-create breakthrough technology solutions with you.
Just like human relationships, trust is crucial for strong business relationships. You will find your Black Box experience the best of all worlds. While some insist one cannot be all things to all people, we challenge that notion by gathering the finest minds and the latest in technology together under one banner for the explicit purpose of providing unparalleled and comprehensive service to you, our most valued customer and partner.Know More