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
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CASE STUDY

INDUSTRIAL NETWORK UPGRADE LAYS IIoT GROUNDWORK FOR LEADING MINERALS PRODUCER

Background

A global minerals producer wanted to implement IIoT at one of their U.S. facilities, and knew they needed help as they were already encountering limitations within the existing networking infrastructure. These bandwidth and connectivity limitations led the producer to first seek help with remediating their existing network and then create a baseline architecture that would enable expansion of the facility’s use of operational monitoring and data mining from numerous key points along the manufacturing processes. This client engaged Malisko Engineering to handle the tasks.

Objectives

Improve the performance of the existing facility-wide industrial network and create a migration model to a network architecture accommodating future expansion with consideration for leveraging IIoT across the facility.

CHALLENGES

  • Educating IT on the design, purpose, advantages and positive results to emerge from the proposed Industrial Network architecture, then getting their support for the recommendations.
  • Operational Technology team tasked with implementing the plans for network remediation and the network expansion for IIoT while IT remained at “arm’s length” for support and execution.
  • Short downtime (8 hour window) to make any changes or additions to the existing network devices, cabling and configuration to improve communication performance.

SOLUTIONS

  • Perform a non-invasive on-site network data gathering focusing on:
  • Identification of nodes, switches and routers
  • IP addresses
  • Connection architecture among the network devices
  • CIP traffic
  • Identify existing VLANs (if any)
  • Use of copper and fiber connections
  • Document the findings.
  • Created, designed, and planned the network remediation based on the findings in the network assessment
  • Created the roadmap to expansion based on an Industrial Demilitarized Zone (IDMZ) design basis to control network traffic
  • Implemented with next generation firewalls
  • Provided thorough documentation of:
  • network topology
  • connection points with IP addresses and profiles
  • configurations
  • physical locations of network devices
  • access control lists

RESULTS

  • Remediation on the network to eliminate current bandwidth and connectivity issues required only a 10 minute downtime window as a result of extensive pre-planning and testing
  • Enabled remote access while improving network security
  • Enabled future monitoring of network and IDMZ – for auditing purposes
  • Technical Education – Empowered the client with the knowledge of how to utilize their infrastructure rather than relying solely on an integrator
  • A very happy client with a viable plan for expanding the facility’s production-side network to leverage IIoT

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