May 16, 2020

7 unexpected benefits of infrastructure monitoring

Infrastructure Monitoring
Manufacturing Sof
Glen White
3 min
7 unexpected benefits of infrastructure monitoring
When the global manufacturer Innovia Films signed up to Aurora365 it was expecting a cost-efficient infrastructure monitoring and management service tha...

When the global manufacturer Innovia Films signed up to Aurora365 it was expecting a cost-efficient infrastructure monitoring and management service that would help free up valuable IT department time. However, since first deploying Aurora365 at the start of 2015, Innovia Films has uncovered at least seven unexpected cost, security and risk management benefits as a result of more effective monitoring across the company’s global network.

“Since signing up to Aurora365, we’ve not only been impressed with the service, but within just six months of deployment, the company has also benefited from additional unexpected business benefits,” said Graeme Coulthard, Group IS/IT Manager of Innovia Films. “With production sites in the UK, USA, Belgium and Australia our IT network is vast - connecting our expanding infrastructure of sales offices, agents and distributors worldwide. Prior to engaging with Aurora365 we believed there were clear opportunities to improve the monitoring of our IT performance – however, with its infrastructure monitoring and management service in place, we’re not only taking advantage of the proactive information it generates but have also identified a number of key business benefits.”

“With Aurora365 we now enjoy full visibility across all of our switches, giving us a more meaningful understanding of just how our IT infrastructure is configured and a consequent awareness of the likely impact of any changes,” added Paul Carrick, Global Systems Analyst of Innovia. “Whether it’s more effective cost analysis, more efficient operational IT processes, more secure back-ups, or greater online safety, Aurora365 gives us a fantastic overview of our worldwide IT estate - enabling us to make smarter decisions for higher productivity, risk and cost savings going forward.”

7 savings and security benefits of infrastructure monitoring

Cost Savings - Innovia Films’ existing Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) provider levied a charge for basic connection monitoring and reporting. Switching to Aurora365 removed this requirement and related spend.

Time Saving for Planned Network Changes - As part of an ongoing programme of change to improve Innovia Films’ network infrastructure, Aurora365 enabled planned switch changes to be distributed automatically. This saved the Innovia Films’ team 12 hours of work and reduced the risk of human error during configuration. The team expects to see further time saving benefits as the network improvement programme continues.

Reduced Complexity & Support Burden - The RVA VPN provides a cost effective redundant connection between Innovia Films and its Aurora365 solution. This reduced complexity has reduced the support burden associated with multi-site VPNs.

Removed risk of not performing routine Back-ups - Due to the time involved network configuration backups were not previously routinely performed. This introduced risk and uncertainty in the event of potential network equipment failure. Since the rollout of Aurora365, Innovia Films has been able to replace multiple platforms with minimal fuss or disruption to its operations.

Safeguarding uptime for Users Globally - During the rollout of the Aurora365 solution to the Innovia Films operation in the Americas a file server was discovered that had a failing RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks ) configuration. The server subsequently failed – but the early identification of the risk by Aurora365 enabled the company to mitigate its impact to users.

Visibility into Internet Traffic - Through the use of Aurora365’s NetFlow capability, Innovia Films has gained visibility into Internet activity across its public Wi-Fi network. This intelligence has helped Innovia Films in ensuring that untoward online activity is not being conducted across its network.

And for the first time – a holistic view of switches - Often a vital piece of missing information for many IT departments, with Aurora365, Innovia was able to gain a holistic view of their switches for the first time.  Before Aurora, Innovia planned to document their switches manually as part of an ongoing process. The real-time insight Aurora now provides means that this headache has gone away, leaving Innovia confident to make the right moves, adds and changes.

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May 10, 2021

Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility

Georgia Wilson
3 min
Lion Electric |Smart Manufacturing | Sustainable Manufacturing | Electric Vehicles | Electric School Buses | Electric Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles | Sustainability | Technology | Freight | Transportation
Lion Electric announces its selection of Illinois to construct its all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicle manufacturing facility...

Who is Lion Electric?

Founded in 2008, Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric. 

Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.

The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers. 

It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.

“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”

Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois

Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.

Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation

As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.

“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.

“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.” 

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