SK Food Group is working to leverage the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) by automating their manufacturing and industrial practices. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) learning and smart devices are used for system controls, asset tracking, predictive maintenance, autonomous robots, data collection, artificial intelligence (AI), and predictive analytics. While these massive changes boost efficiency, productivity, and safety, they are also presenting significant challenges to network connectivity and security.
Tellabs’ Optical LAN solution is a passive point-to-multipoint fiber-based infrastructure for in-building and property-wide network connectivity. Compared to traditional active point-to-point switched design, Optical LAN provides simplicity, centralized management efficiencies, greater network uptime and unparalleled scalability, resulting in both lower initial deployment costs and reduced ongoing operational costs.
Passive Optical LAN positively impacts IT resources, staffing and budgets for manufacturers, distribution facilities, industrial sites and smart warehouses. For SK Food Group, the Optical LAN benefits directly resulted in:
- 50% lower day-1 capital costs
- 70% reduction in ongoing operational costs
- Elimination of future network refresh costs
“As a result of deploying Passive Optical LAN technology at our facilities, we’ve gained an approximate 70% operational savings due to reduction in IT engineering, centralized management, and the ability to perform faster MACs. We have also calculated a 52% savings in annual support costs,” said Melissa Stone, SK Food Group IT Director.
You can click here to read the complete OLAN case study for SK Food Group titled “SK Food Group expands Industry 4.0 with Passive Optical LAN.”