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Mazak to Preview SmartBox Platform Developments at Cisco Conference

Source: Modern Machine Shop Online

Mazak Corp. (Florence, Kentucky) will debut the next phases of its Mazak SmartBox platform at Cisco Systems Inc.’s Cisco Live event in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 10-14, 2016. The SmartBox cyber-secure Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform, developed in collaboration with Cisco, will offer Mazak iSmart Cloud connectivity, machine learning and predictive maintenance capabilities.

As a launch platform, SmartBox is said to enable manufacturers to access and use real-time manufacturing data to improve overall productivity and agility along with responsiveness to customer and market changes. Shops are said to gain the information and insight to identify machine issues before they escalate into machine downtime by using iSmart Cloud connectivity. SmartBox encompasses integrated services such as secure file transfer, remote access and machine history.

Mazak will be a special guest at the Cisco event, and Daniel Janka, executive vice president of Mazak, will participate in panel discussions and present on Mazak’s use of the SmartBox technology within its own iSmart Factory in Kentucky.

Cisco Live will incorporate a focus on process analytics as well as ideas and technologies to optimize factory floor performance and production. More than 1,000 sessions will take place and cover various topics involving the IIoT, analytics and manufacturing.

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