Supporting next-generation manufacturing workflows
Manufacturing technology solutions to optimise security,
sustainability, and efficiency
Exponential-e designs and delivers fully integrated solutions to power tomorrow’s smart factories, manage complex global supply chains, and achieve safer, more flexible working environments
Next-generation manufacturing workflows demand next-generation IT infrastructure
The UK remains a world leader in manufacturing, with an annual output of £183 billion in 20221 , but is facing a range of new challenges, from attracting the next generation of tech-savvy talent, to managing global supply chains, and ensuring their intellectual property remains secure in an increasingly complex cyber threat landscape. In response, digital transformation continues to gather speed across the sector, with Industry 4.0, Cloud transformation, AI, and IoT devices establishing themselves as critical aspects of manufacturers’ ongoing growth.
The Exponential-e Group continues to work closely with both UK and global manufacturers to develop leading-edge infrastructure that not only helps meet today’s challenges, but is opening up a new era of flexibility, resilience, and rapid innovation for the sector as a whole.
Entering a new era of manufacturing
Manufacturing is highly dynamic and time-critical, and so infrastructure must evolve to support this. As it does, production and processing times can be fully optimised, with intelligent automation adding a further level of efficiency. However, this requires a new breed of IT infrastructure, with smart IoT technology providing full control and visibility of all physical assets, software-defined networking optimising network performance and resilience, and Cloud transformation enabling stress-free management of largest volumes of data (e.g. CAD files, big data projects). All this must be wrapped in a fully integrated, next-generation security ecosystem that will protect both operational and enterprise assets.
The methods used by cyber criminals and global bad actors continue to evolve, with 30% of ransomware attacks targeting the Manufacturing sector. With any downtime potentially costing millions of pounds, manufacturers must implement robust security ecosystems that draw on the latest threat intelligence. Furthermore, measures should be in place to ensure critical infrastructure and intellectual property can be restored and secured as quickly as possible in the event of a breach, to avoid any disruption to operations and production.
Now more than ever, business is truly global, which means businesses must contend with an evolving range of supply chain challenges– from backlogs to embracing the ‘just in time’ model. Secure, seamless integration between MES, ERP, and CRM systems, automated asset tracking utilising smart technology, and high-performance software-defined connectivity across highly dispersed locations are just some of the ways manufacturers can achieve complete control and visibility over every area of their operations – from the warehouse to the manufacturing floor.
The rise of IoT, AI, and big data means manufacturers must be able to attract and retain the technically accomplished professionals who will ensure these new technologies deliver the desired outcomes. This means systems must be in place to support flexible working, remote collaboration, and the right corporate culture - all without compromising data security or service quality.
The Manufacturing sector is increasingly challenged to demonstrate its green credentials, and take proactive steps to operate in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner across every area of its operations. Technology has a key role to play in this journey, with Cloud transformation facilitating reduced power consumption and more sustainable data centre operations, while IoT-based tracking optimises machine efficiency. This way, the drive for net-zero can exist hand-in-hand with manufacturers’ long-term business goals.
Our Manufacturing Technology Solutions
The inherent complexity of modern manufacturing demands a high-level view of the entire network, with complete control of the available resources to ensure flexibility and scalability is maintained. SD-WAN provides manufacturers with this level of control, ensuring critical applications and services are available wherever and whenever they are required, while maintaining the very highest standard of data protection.
LAN, Wi-Fi, and Private 5G
LAN, Wi-Fi, and Private 5G
Seamless deployment, maximum availability, and intelligent connectivity for all devices, staff, and visitors, across all sites, to support day-to-day operations and guarantee critical applications and data are readily available. This, in turn, supports productive and efficient warehousing, with increased visibility and control of all stock.
Contact Centre as-a-Service
Contact Centre as-a-Service
Customers and end users increasingly expect seamless, omnichannel customer service, which means the contact centre has, in many instances, become the focal point of customer and employee experience (CX) strategies. Exponential-e’s CCaaS solution puts all the tools customer service agents need to deliver successful resolutions at their fingertips, whether they’re working from the contact centre, at home, or on the move.
The rise of the IoT and increasing interconnection of physical and digital systems has created a number of new attack vectors and potential vulnerabilities that cyber criminals are already looking to exploit. In response, we deliver leading-edge security ecosystems that draw on our knowledge of IT/OT integration, the latest best practice, and the IEC 62443 standard, which addresses cyber security in operational technology.
Cloud transformation, managed by experienced specialists who are deeply aware of the manufacturing sector’s unique challenges, opens the door to a range of AI, big data, and machine learning projects. The right public, private, or hybrid Cloud solution enables more effective, data-driven decision making about every aspect of the manufacturing process - from optimising efficiency and reducing costs to improving health & safety.
IoT technology is increasingly critical across the manufacturing sector. As a result, the underlying infrastructure must be able to support the creation, transfer, and storage of the highest volumes of data. With this foundation in place, data can be translated into actionable insights that optimise operational efficiency, onsite safety, seamless asset tracking, and full visibility of global supply chains. Exponential-e offers integrated solutions to support these developments, bringing together IT and OT to deliver secure, highly available services that offer full visibility and control of the entire manufacturing process.
Why the Exponential-e Group?
The Exponential-e Group - encompassing Exponential-e, Vysiion, and Xpertex - is a trusted partner for the manufacturing sector
and a UK leader in the development of smart places. Our collective expertise, combined with a deeply consultative approach,
allows us to design and deliver bespoke technology solutions that enable intelligent streamlining and automation across the entire manufacturing process - with the highest standards of physical safety and cyber security as critical priorities.
Our solutions utilise our self-owned, enterprise-class network as the foundation, are delivered by experts who are fully cleared to operate on-site in the most challenging environments, and backed up by a 24 / 7, UK-based Support Centre. In this way, we are able to provide organisations across the manufacturing sector with complete peace of mind as they establish new standards of efficiency, safety, and technological innovation.