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Smart Manufacturing panel discussion with Jeff Winter of Microsoft and Ira Sharp of Phoenix Contact, moderated by Tiffani Neilson of IoT Marketing

Learn about smart manufacturing and how advanced technologies such as IoT are used to optimize operations in an hour long panel discussion with Jeff Winter of Microsoft and Ira Sharp of Phoenix Contact, moderated by Tiffani Neilson.

How IIoT is changing cybersecurity as we know it and how IEC62443 can aid secure adoption and implementation Fireside Chat with Andres Suazo of Phoenix Contact

Analysts have long predicted that Internet of Things (IoT) technology will become a fundamental element for any business transformation. IoT’s disruptive impact will have a profound influence on all sectors, especially industrial IoT (IIoT). However, an imminent mass adoption and deployment of IIoT devices (along with their corresponding software, services, and platforms) in Smart Manufacturing creates cybersecurity challenges that OT engineers and IT departments might not be ready to face.

IIoT blurs the boundaries of the physical and digital worlds. These devices will become the fundamental basis of data communications, exponentially multiplying the number of cybersecurity risks and increasing the scope of vulnerabilities for manufacturing facilities.

About Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact solutions are used wherever processes need to run automatically. This can be in industrial production facilities, in the field of renewable energy, in infrastructure, or for complex device connections. Our products are used wherever power or data flows are connected, distributed, and controlled. Your benefits go beyond the pure function: Our products help our partners to develop sustainable applications with more efficient processes and reduced costs.

About Ira Sharp

I have a passion for all things tech., am a marketer at heart, an educator by nature.

I am an accomplished 15+ year leader of sales and marketing teams, brand developer, marketing strategist, and IIoT thought leader.

 As a sales and marketing leader, I have launched 20+ new products and technologies. Through this experience, I have an extensive understanding of market evaluation, channel development, product pricing, persona development, sales goal setting, budget & campaign management.

A recent example is PLCnext, an “open” control system for the industrial market, which is different from the status-quo PLCs in a market that is slow/ resistant to change. The PLCnext product has grown well above expectations despite being a new product with a new approach in a very conservative market. 

As a brand developer, I have aided in the development of multiple “Personal Brands” in addition to various product brands focused on the Industrial Automation, manufacturing, and process markets.

About Andres Suazo

Andres Suazo has over 10 years of experience in Industrial Automation, with a focus on Networking. Andres is an Associate Manager at Phoenix Contact USA, where he is responsible for leading the companies Networking Engineering Services (NES) team. Prior to his current role, Andres held several technical marketing positions including the company’s cellular and remote access, process automation and building automation product lines. Andres received a BS in Computer Science from Butler University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).