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Virtual industrial services: Control from a distance

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VPN connections offer plant operators an entire range of new options for controlling and maintaining their plants: It is no longer necessary for employees and service providers to be on site in order to access plants, components and systems. The advantages offered are many.

VPN (Virtual Private Network) connections have long been a reality in many industrial companies. The advantages such connections offer, however, are seldom taken advantage of in the control and monitoring of production facilities. This is because they require the digitalization of the corresponding plants, modules and systems. And they must meet high security requirements to prevent abuse by external parties.

Jonathan Giegerich from Bilfinger GreyLogix has already set up many VPN connections for industrial customers. “In principle, a VPN connection is nothing more than a virtual extension of the cable that connects the computer to the IT systems of the plants. The technology is now so sophisticated that this also meets the strictest security standards. There is therefore no reason not to use it to control digitalized plants in the process industry,” he says.

In principle, a VPN connection is nothing more than a virtual extension of the cable that connects the computer to the IT systems of the plants."

Jonathan GiegerichBilfinger Greylogix

The advantages of virtual remote access to individual plants, components and systems are obvious: Employees do not necessarily have to be on site to initiate control and maintenance processes. They can perform their tasks from any computer that is suitable for this purpose. This saves time, money and effort. 

“But the benefits are much greater than that if remote access is also used to regularly check plant data and detect irregularities,” says Giegerich. “Because that also makes the recording and storage of data possible. And the data can, in turn, be used to provide guidance on maintenance and plant reliability – thus improving plant performance and efficiency.” 

 

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Contact in case of questions:

Jan Petersen
Service Deliver Manager  
at Bilfinger Life Science  
Automation
Phone +49 461 505487-341
jan.petersennospam@bilfinger.com


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