RYAN BERTRAM


“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." -Calvin Coolidge

After a 12 year-old Ryan visited the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, he knew he wanted to part of how America makes things. With continued interest in the art and science of manufacturing, Ryan pursued his Bachelors in International Business at Calvin College. After graduating, he realized his dream of working with manufacturing by holding client relations positions throughout the manufacturing industry. At Malisko, Ryan enjoys bringing together the right people for the right job to tackle complex projects, and helping to bring the total solution to the client's plant floor.

Personal Passion
He likes spending time with his family and helping his children to blaze their own trail.

Dream Job
Build houses for Habitat for Humanity

Interesting Fact
He secretly likes the handy-man "fix-it" list his wife gives him every weekend. (Shhh! don't tell her that though!)

CARRIE LEINICKE


"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics; I can assure you that mine are still greater" - Albert Einstein

Numbers have always come easy for Carrie. With her natural ability and interest in numbers, Carrie achieved her Master of Science in Accounting from Fontbonne University and then her Master of Business Administration from Webster University. Joining the Malisko Team in 2019, Carrie is very customer service focused and being committed to finding answers for clients. She's passionate about providing accurate financials and forecasting to support high-level business decisions and strategy.

Personal Passion
Being outdoors as often as her schedule allows.

Hobbies
Camping/Traveling with her Siberian Husky, Sailing at Carlyle Lake, and antiquing mid-century/art-deco items.

DAN HARDER




TBD

Personal Passion
TBD

Hobbies
TBD

CASE STUDY

ONE INTEGRATOR HELPING ANOTHER INTEGRATOR WITH DELIVERABLES TO AN IMPORTANT CLIENT

Background

A reputable local integrator brought in Malisko to provide Industrial IT services in helping set up new server functionality on a food manufacturer’s existing infrastructure for an OT system upgrade. Close collaboration with their client’s IT group was essential. Eight (8) new VMs (Virtual Machines) as well as Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for hosting client sessions needed to be configured. The local integrator also asked Malisko to assist them with setting up a simulation environment for testing purposes prior to installing the upgraded HMI’s in their client’s production facility.

Objectives

  • Provide a robust server-based system following best practices for:
  • thin clients
  • alarms and events
  • HMI application platform
  • engineering workstation
  • Convert stand-alone HMI systems to a network distributed application
  • Allow for plant-wide viewability
  • Integrate server and thin clients into the existing OT network in compliance with client’s corporate IT guidelines.

CHALLENGES

  • Project success required the Integrator’s team to effectively navigate and communicate with their client’s IT group on what changes were needed on the existing IT infrastructure to accommodate the OT system upgrade.
  • Client’s local IT resource had limited system permissions thus requiring all necessary configuration requests on the existing infrastructure to be escalated to corporate IT
  • Requesting permission from the client’s corporate IT to have them change group policies and firewall rules to accommodate the planned OT system upgrade at the local plant
  • Licensing issues across VMs
  • Security architecture compatibility with the client’s existing implementation plans.

SOLUTIONS

  • Initiate and facilitate cross-functional collaboration involving the local integrator, the client’s plant manager, client’s local IT resource and their corporate IT group
  • Server configuration including eight (8) VMs
  • Rockwell’s Factorytalk installation/configuration and Thin Manager installation/configuration
  • Help migrate standalone PanelView applications to ViewSE Network Distributed at version 11
  • Local Integrator relied on the more experienced integrator to provide a fully supportable server system based on best practices, OEM’s recommended configurations and client’s corporate IT policies.

RESULTS

  • Functioning FactoryTalk distributed architecture
  • PanelView files to ViewSE for plant-wide viewing
  • Successful handoff by Malisko to the local Integrator allowing them to move forward with their part of the project and complete their deliverables to their client
  • Both local Integrator and their client were happy with the architecture and its performance
  • Laid the foundation for the local Integrator to move forward with phase 2 of their client’s project.

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