operations to enterprise services company

Operation to Enterprise (O2E)


The Quad Plus team is ready to ensure critical systems are secure and put you in control of your operations.

We can help you integrate from your shop floor to your Enterprise Resource Planning System via secure operational technology. O2E creates a smart centralization system that rolls up data for analysis and manages common data without compromising production facility autonomous capability.

O2E encompasses Cybersecurity, Operational Technology Infrastructure, Power of Virtual Architecture, OT Network


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What is Operational Technology (OT) ?


Streamline your business with Enterprise Resource Planning integration to the production floor and back. Centralized management of data, such as products, recipes and scheduling, with real-time synchronization to the manufacturing facilities SCADA. Live tracking of production with automated reporting of production, scrap and consumption, centralized reporting with data rollup.

Though Information Technology (IT) and OT have much in common, they are fundamentally different.

  • IT is the use of computers to create, process, store, retrieve and exchange electronic data and information, which prioritizes confidentiality.
  • OT is hardware and software to detect or cause change, via the direct monitoring and/or control of industrial equipment, assets, processes and events with a focus on safety.
what is operational technology

Cybersecurity


Cyber-attack frequency has been increasing at an exponential rate. Prior to Industry 4.0, OT was seldom a target, but times have changed. Ransomware no longer targets only to compromise IT systems, but to stop production. OT has become a very appealing target. OT enjoyed a long period of physical isolation, which required little or no security, which has left it vulnerable. OT Cybersecurity, like IT, is composed of layers to reduce the likelihood of a break and breach and minimize the severity. The last line of defense is backup and recovery. To learn more, download our O2E MSP Brochure.

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OT Infrastructure


OT Infrastructure has many characteristics of an IT infrastructure and should embrace the same approach to cybersecurity. The largest difference is the impact of system failure, being OT failures result in downtime and can affect the safe operation of equipment. Virtual Architecture and proper OT networking provide increased reliability and security.


Power of Virtual Architecture


The initial startup cost of a virtual environment can be a deterrent, untilthe fullbenefits areunderstood. Proper virtual environments are highly resilient with multiple redundancies to maximize up time. Scalability enables the system to grow with far less cost and complexity, when compared to physical servers. Backup and recovery of virtual servers not only enhances cybersecurity, but maximizes uptime due to the speed and simplicity. Physical servers are expensive and bulky, which leads to the installation of multiple systems on a single server resulting in reduced security for all systems and a much larger impact. The ability to create as many virtual servers as needed enables a server per system with security locked down, exposing only what each system requires.

O2E Virtual Architecture

OT Network


When Industry 4.0 forced the integration of controls and IT systems, people simply did what had always done and connected controls systems directly to the IT network. As controls systems became dependent on the network, outages beganresulting indowntime, scrap andlosing control ofthe equipment. Sharing a commonnetwork results in congestion and increased exposure. The approach is the same as cybersecurity, being layers and segmentation.

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What We Do

  • Systems Integration (ERP’s, CCMS, Recipe)
  • Replace existing systems (integrate functionality into Enterprise Level SCADA)
    • Smart Centralization
  • Install/Replace Secure OT Network (Interfacing large machines and 2-way Data Management)
  • Install/Replace hardware with Virtual Architecture
  • Data Collection, Reporting and trending.
  • HMI
  • Cybersecurity and network consulting.
  • Database tuning
  • Implement Backup and Recovery

O2E Managed Services

  • Cybersecurity
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery
  • Firewall and End Point
  • Resource Monitoring
  • Asset Management

See our O2E MSP Brochure for details.

Existing/New Projects which can be enhanced

  • SCADA/HMI Projects
  • Multiple plant projects
  • Large Scale Controls Projects

Streamlined Protection & Smart Integration

Data management and security are increasingly important issues in the industrial and manufacturing sectors as sophisticated technologies help us operate more safely and efficiently.

Whether your existing system needs upgrades or you need to build one from the ground up, the Quad Plus team is ready to put you in control of your data and ensure critical systems are protected.


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