May 16, 2020

Rockman Industries appoints Fortinet to protect its manufacturing plants from digital threats

Connected Manufacturing
Digital Transformation
Technology
Technology
Catherine Sturman
3 min
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Cybersecurity leader Fortinet has announced that Rockman Industries, a manufacturer of Aluminium die casting components, machined and painted assemblies...

Cybersecurity leader Fortinet has announced that Rockman Industries, a manufacturer of Aluminium die casting components, machined and painted assemblies for motorcycle and automobile OEMs, has chosen Fortinet’s solutions to protect their data and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Its capabilities will protect the business from advanced threats and will allow for real-time visibility and automated responses to security incidents.

Part of the Hero Group, Rockman Industries was established in the 1960s as a bicycle component manufacturer. Today the company has the capacity to process more than 65,000 tonnes of aluminium annually at five plants at Haridwar, Ludhiana, Chennai and Bawal.

The company is an industry leader in motorcycle alloy wheels with an installed capacity of 5.8mn wheels annually. Rockman has also recently diversified into Carbon Composites Technology through the acquisition of a British-Indian enterprise, Moldex Composites.

Rockman Industries previously housed a legacy firewall at the perimeter of its datacentre which was not fit for purpose in protecting data from sophisticated threats. Its eight manufacturing plants now connect with the datacentre using a secure MPLS connection. With the manufacturing plants securely connected to the network, The IT team had to also ensure 24x7 availability to support growing business needs and provide secure access to its 800+ users now connected to the network from the plants. Additionally, Fortinet had to provide a more secure authentication capability to critical servers as they hosted the companies most sensitive data and IPRs.

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The company chose FortiGate next generation firewalls, FortiSandbox proactive threat detection, FortiAuthenticator access management and FortiTokenone time password (OTP)  software token. With the deployed Fortinet solutions, Rockman Industries has optimised the use of its IT resources, with a streamlined view provided by security analytics and sandboxing enhancing its overall security posture. Access management with two-factor authentication also ensures that only authorised people have access to business-critical systems and sensitive data. 

“Given the nature of today's global threat landscape, we needed an advance threat protection solution to react to threats at machine speed. We chose Fortinet for their scalability and leading technologies that are backed by strong R&D and threat research. We configured all the devices offline and with minimum downtime managed to switch over to the new solution. With these high-performance solutions, we will be able to add our upcoming manufacturing plants into the security fabric,” explained Chief General Manager of IT at Rockman Industries, L. K. Tripathi, in a recent press release.

FortiGate now delivers superior next-generation firewall capabilities, while leveraging its significantly higher performance.  This has enabled Rockman Industries to turn on multiple security technologies, such as intrusion prevention and URL filtering without compromising user and customer experience.

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Jul 30, 2021

First Solar to Invest US$684mn in Indian Energy Sector

FirstSolar
Energy
Manufacturing
India
Elise Leise
3 min
First Solar will launch an advanced PV manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu to support Indian solar independence

First Solar is about to set up a new photovoltaic (PV) thin-film solar manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, India. The 3.3GW factory will create 1,000 skilled jobs and is expected to launch its operations in Q3 of 2023. According to the company, India needs 25+ gigawatts of solar energy to be deployed each year for the next nine years. This means that many of First Solar’s Indian clients will jump at the chance to have access to the company’s advanced PV. 

 

Said Mark Widmar, First Solar’s CEO: ‘India is an attractive market for First Solar not simply because our module technology is advantageous in its hot, humid climate. It’s an inherently sustainable market, underpinned by a growing economy and appetite for energy’. 

A Bit of Background 

First Solar is a leading global provider of photovoltaic systems. It uses advanced technology to generate clear, reliable energy around the world. And even though it’s headquartered in the US, the company has invested in storage facilities around the world. It displaced energy requirements for a desalination plant in Australia, launched a source of reliable energy in the Middle East (Dubai, UAE), and deployed over 4.5GW of energy across Europe with its First Solar modules

 

The company is also known for its solar innovation, reporting that it sees gains in efficiency three times faster than multi-crystalline silicon technology. First Solar holds world records in thin-film cell conversion efficiency (22.1%) and module conversion efficiency (18.2%). Finally, it helps its partners develop, finance, design, construct, and operate PV power plants—which is exactly what we’re talking about. 

How Will The Tamil Nadu Plant Work?

Tamil Nadu will use the same manufacturing template as First Solar’s new Ohio factory. According to the Times of India, the factory will combine skilled workers, artificial intelligence, machine-to-machine communication, and IoT connectivity. In addition, its operations will adhere to First Solar’s Responsible Sourcing Solar Principles, produce modules with a 2.5x lower carbon footprint, and help India become energy-independent. Said Widmar: ‘Our advanced PV module will be made in India, for India’. 

 

After all, we must mention that part of First Solar’s motivation in Tamil Nadu is to ensure that India doesn’t rely on Chinese solar. ‘India stands apart in the decisiveness of its response to China’s strategy of state-subsidised global dominance of the crystalline silicon supply chain’, Widmar explained. ‘That’s precisely the kind of level playing field needed for non-Chinese solar manufacturers to compete on their own merits’. 

 

According to First Solar, India’s model should be a template for like-minded nations. Widmar added: ‘We’re pleased to support the sustainable energy ambitions of a major US ally in the Asia-Pacific region—with American-designed solar technology’. To sum up: Indian solar power is yet the next development in the China-US trade war. Let the PV manufacturing begin. 

 

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