Coding as a Second Language

December 5, 2016

Coding is a global language that anyone can learn, especially children. Inspire youngsters to be big thinkers by introducing coding through games and the classroom.

To Bypass or Not To Bypass? Is That the Question?

November 28, 2016

For starting, braking and stopping, soft starters are designed to limit the current of a motor. So what about in-between the start and the stop? What role can bypass play in motor control?

Using Technology to Link Operations and Enterprise

November 21, 2016

Take a pragmatic approach to Connected Enterprise technologies: strategy, assess, prioritize and upgrade and prosper.

Three Considerations for Installing VFDs

November 21, 2016

When it comes to replacing VFDs, you should follow the same sound, fundamental practices used for decades.

Start Your Journey Toward Smart Machines

November 16, 2016

Learn how OEMs can start the journey to smart machines and equipment by gathering customer insights, preparing their vision and tapping into external resources.

Trickle Down Technology: Disruptive and Positive

November 14, 2016

Positive disruptive technologies such as iTRAK and MagneMotion trace their conceptual origins to fields such as space programmes and elite motor racing!

Embracing Modern Industrial Security Practices

November 14, 2016

When considering security, it is important to stay current on the latest industrial security practices and use a defense-in-depth approach to help keep your operations safe.

Inspire Students with STEM

November 7, 2016

Now is the time to help students see the STEM in everything, and to inspire them to consider a STEM career.

Scalable MES Facilitates Smart Manufacturing

October 31, 2016

Smart companies are using scalable MES applications to cost-effectively address specific challenges now with the ability to expand later.

A Diver’s Top Tips for Industrial Security

October 31, 2016

Information in the modern plant environment flows like water – our middle east region security consultant likens the risks to those he faces when scuba diving.

Changing the World of MOM Through Connectivity

October 24, 2016

System automation has grown exponentially with factories and their products becoming ever more integrated with the outside world.

A Strong Network Can Determine Success

October 24, 2016

For women in engineering, a strong network of support can be the difference between success and failure, between staying at a company and leaving.

Smart Manufacturing Lowers Costs, Increases Profit

October 17, 2016

Manufacturers must identify and fix processes in their facilities where wastes and losses occur, and in doing so, boost profits.

Controlling Electric Motors When the Network Fails

October 17, 2016

There are many advantages of a networked based motor controls system, but what happens when that network fails?

Five Steps for Improving Your Food Safety Program

October 10, 2016

Learn how digitizing your food safety program can help increase consumer confidence and improve productivity.

Simplify Systems with Premier Integration

October 10, 2016

Premier Integration helps simplify system designs, shorten development time and boost productivity.

Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Automation Fair

October 5, 2016

We’re here to help you make the case for why your boss should let you go to Automation Fair, which, by the way, is November 9-10 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Migrating a Legacy DCS: When and How

October 3, 2016

The risk of a legacy DCS is high. Figure out now when you want to migrate, and how you want to do it.

A Shifting View of Safety Culture

October 3, 2016

Attendees of the Safety Leadership Conference learned how contemporary safety technology and mindsets can help drive productivity, not hinder it.

Connecting Safety to the Bottom Line

October 3, 2016

Industrial applications are seeing a convergence of safety and productivity at a practical and strategic level. A major enabler of this is the amount of data available.

A New Approach to Safety

September 26, 2016

Placing safety automation controls and hardware closer to an application or on a machine rather than in a remote cabinet has a number of design benefits.

Embracing Automated Serialization & Traceability

September 26, 2016

By integrating serialization and traceability with enterprise networks, manufacturers are minimizing risk while seeing gains in effectiveness and productivity.

The Benefits of a Holistic Serialization Platform

September 26, 2016

An open and holistic serialization platform can reduce implementation and support challenges, and give manufacturers device-to-cloud interoperability.

Inside the Delta vs. Wye-Delta

September 19, 2016

Inside the delta: a soft starter can provide a similar amount of torque as an electro-mechanical starter for a wye delta designed motor.

A Smarter Approach to Machinery Design

September 19, 2016

Learn how OEMs can meet customer demands and stay competitive by building smart machines and equipment.

Network Security in Food Manufacturing

September 12, 2016

Industrial Internet of Things enables plants to increase performance. It also opens the network to malicious individuals. Cybersecurity measures can reduce the risk.

Connect with Initiatives that Delight Customers

September 12, 2016

After stabilizing their operations via the Connected Enterprise, manufacturers should wield it to better satisfy customers with quality, speed and lower prices.

Company Culture Matters for Your Career

September 5, 2016

Looking to grow your career? Make an inclusive culture a priority when picking your next company.

How to Reduce Downtime While Increasing OEE

September 5, 2016

Implementing a connected production environment improves energy usage, equipment reliability, and provides expanded capacity from existing assets.

Don’t Let Tradition Limit Your Modernization

August 29, 2016

The terms migration and modernization often are used interchangeably. But they are different. Those differences can have serious bottom-line consequences.

Drilling for Information That Makes a Difference

August 22, 2016

For oil and gas operations, accessing, analyzing and using production data in real-time makes the investment of new information and control technologies beneficial in the long run.

Cruise Control for Your Motor

August 22, 2016

Using a bypass contactor with your soft starter allows the motor to continuously run at the full speed. What are the advantages of internal vs external bypass?

Capture NEW Savings in the Paint Shop

August 15, 2016

New paint processes are more efficient than ever. But automakers can uncover even more savings with an innovative approach to paint rectifiers.

An Alternative Route to Safety Compliance

August 15, 2016

Alternatives to traditional lockout/tagout procedures offer opportunities for manufacturers to improve worker safety and productivity.

Improve Efficiencies in the Connected Mine

August 8, 2016

The connected mine can help mining companies gain deeper insights into their operations, improve efficiencies, address safety and compliance requirements and cut costs.

Improving Safety with a Complete MCC Solution

August 8, 2016

A complete MCC solution helps improve operator safety and is easier to use. Learn the three key technologies that should be included when selecting an MCC.

Stabilize Your Operations for Future Production

August 1, 2016

Focus on reliable equipment, providing a safe workplace and environmental compliance.

Embracing the Future of Collaborative Robots

August 1, 2016

Collaborative robot technology is evolving at a rapid pace, but this raises questions about worker safety and compliance implications.

Safety for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

August 1, 2016

Food and beverage manufacturers can take key steps to help create and maintain effective safety programs. These steps include taking a holistic safety approach.

Improving Safety Design Productivity

July 25, 2016

OEMs and end users involved in the machine building process have access to technologies and design tools to help them increase the speed, accuracy and efficiency of safety system design.

Reducing Safety Risks in the Oil and Gas Industry

July 18, 2016

Oil and gas extraction is one of the highest-risk category industries. Make sure you’re doing all you can to increase the safety of your workers and equipment.

Getting IT and OT on the Same Page

July 11, 2016

As Ethernet moves deeper into plants, operations are more connected and job roles are shifting. Learn how to get IT and OT professionals working together to deploy network architectures.

Yield and Flexibility in Food and Bev Production

July 11, 2016

Improving yield and maintaining a flexible line is seen as a contradiction to some food and beverage manufacturers. New automation technology offers a balanced solution.

Making Manufacturing More Affordable and Available

July 6, 2016

A $70 million grant to the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition will support advanced manufacturing technology, a skilled workforce and a steady pipeline of STEM talent.

Navigating the Jungle of U.S. Industrial Standards

July 4, 2016

The differences between Listed (UL) and Recognized (UR) components can be confusing, so here's a comprehensive guide to everything you need.

Be Honest: How Secure is Your Enterprise?

July 4, 2016

An embedded security culture is fundamental in The Connected Enterprise. But cyber-security is the top cause of concern for manufacturers.

How Manufacturers are Unlocking the Value of Data

June 30, 2016

Digital transformation requires technology change and organizational change. Before embarking on a digitization journey, develop an action plan.

Plant-Floor Improvements Drive Competitiveness

June 27, 2016

Return on investment from smart-manufacturing initiatives starts with production performance goals.

Maximize the Space in Your Cabinet and Reduce Cost

June 27, 2016

The Enterprise crew never worried about the limits of space - but when it comes to your control system, you don’t have the luxury of unlimited space.

Design Smart Machines With Smarter Tools

June 20, 2016

To develop customized, modular machines more efficiently, machine and equipment builders can create standard, scalable building blocks using machine design tools.

IEC/ISO 17305 Safety Standard Cancelled

June 20, 2016

While the merger of the ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 safety standards may have been put on hold, machine designers should be prepared for changes to come.

Tap Your Infrastructure to Meet Demanding Trends

June 13, 2016

The demand for more whole and quality ingredient creates opportunities and obstacles for manufacturers. A contemporary automation infrastructure offers a solution.

Learning Shouldn’t Stop When School is Out

June 13, 2016

School breaks don’t need to be a brain drain. Check out these fun, engaging ways to keep STEM skills sharp every day.

Rethinking Your Well Pad Automation Technology

June 6, 2016

To keep up with demand, many oil and gas producers have elected to implement a scalable automation solution to get information quickly and correctly.

Introducing Wireless to Your Plant Floor

May 30, 2016

When introducing wireless technology to the plant floor, it is important to understand your current equipment and what demands you expect to meet.

Reducing Production Time with Smart Devices

May 30, 2016

Highly flexible and adaptable “smart” devices can increase throughput without increasing production time within your control system architecture.

Take Advantage of the IoT for Smarter Operations

May 25, 2016

Most manufacturing executives believe that IoT will boost profitability over the next five years. Here are four critical steps to pave the way to IoT success.

How Workforce Changes Impact Safety & Productivity

May 23, 2016

Adjust to a changing workforce by rethinking machinery design in ways that address the unique safety risks of a more diverse workforce and help improve productivity.

Why Operations Managers Should Care About IIOT

May 23, 2016

For Africa to grow its competitiveness, its production needs to take advantage of the opportunities of the IoT to gear up for maximum efficiency.

High Performance in a Small Control System

May 16, 2016

Controllers must offer increased capacity to help meet the growing demands of smart machines and equipment for manufacturing in the small control space.

Shift Into High Gear with MES

May 9, 2016

The largest automotive suppliers have transitioned to modular offerings encompassing everything from complete cockpit assemblies and seating systems to powertrains.

Why Choose a Soft Starter Instead of an AC Drive?

May 9, 2016

Substantial savings can be realized when using a soft starter instead of an AC drive in the proper applications. These savings can come in cost, size and energy efficiency.

Connected Production: Optimisation & Digitisation

May 9, 2016

Oil and gas has a key role to play in global energy markets. But it’s also clear that with new technologies, the Middle East’s providers are under more pressure than ever before.

Bausch + Lomb at ARC Forum Echoes Automation Fair

May 2, 2016

Bausch + Lomb upgrades to a modern distributed control system (DCS) with minimal downtime, enhancing functionality.

Connected Decision-Making for Manufacturers

May 2, 2016

What goes into decision-making for manufacturers, and how do you turn data into intelligence to make efficiency and productivity improvements on the factory floor?

Making Level Measurements in a Crude Oil Separator

April 27, 2016

In the oil and gas industry where increasing efficiency is key, keeping oil and water apart can be a challenge, but one worth overcoming with the right technology.

Maintenance Blaming Your CMMS? Maybe They’re Right

April 25, 2016

How do you turn a large amount of maintenance data within your assets into useful operational intelligence?

FIRST Combines Competition and Cooperation

April 25, 2016

Through FIRST, students are learning about careers in STEM, building teams and building confidence that will fuel our next generation of innovation.

Drive Competitiveness Through Energy Awareness

April 19, 2016

Couple non-disruptive data collection approaches with optimization tools to reduce consumption without compromising production.

Food and Beverage Packaging Machine Safety

April 11, 2016

New technologies offer important machine safety solutions, yet the packaging line still has numerous areas where manufacturers must consider the setup of a plant.

How Should You Upgrade Turbomachinery Controls?

April 11, 2016

In the rotating equipment world, there is always one thing in the mind of the asset owner when it comes to upgrades: how do I control my equipment safely and more efficiently?

Sweden Develops Its Manufacturing Digitization

April 6, 2016

Produktion 2030 is the latest strategy by the Swedish government to develop smart manufacturing and digitize industry.

Production Powered by Data

April 4, 2016

The IoT is a competitive advantage — but also a challenge for manufacturing. Executives have to ready their plants and equipment to share and leverage information.

It’s Important to Measure Corporate Responsibility

March 28, 2016

Our Corporate Responsibility Report highlights our efforts to support smart, safe and sustainable manufacturing around the world.

Digital Manufacturing Drives Innovation at Daimler

March 22, 2016

Innovative manufacturers are realizing the value of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) by mapping out use cases that translate to immediate business value and outcomes.

Industrial Business Leaders Don’t Ask About IIOT

March 21, 2016

You can increase your productivity across the automation life cycle as a step on the journey to The Connected Enterprise. Getting the best from what you have is the best way to prepare.

Proactively Manage Auto Plant Equipment Life

March 14, 2016

Automotive manufacturers can mitigate risk – and reduce upfront costs – with a systematic, incremental approach to automation equipment migration.

Modernize Metals Production With MES

March 9, 2016

MES software offers metals companies deeper insights, improved equipment utilization and better quality control.

Beyond Oil: Saudi Arabia is Planning Ahead

March 9, 2016

How is Saudi Arabia is approaching its national transformation plan to build an economy beyond oil and how that is driving opportunity for industrial growth in the Kingdom?

Automation Modernization: The Time to Begin is Now

March 7, 2016

Smart manufacturing requires modernization. Rapid advances in automation, equipment, and networking technologies accelerate the pace at which production systems approach obsolescence.

Riding Economic Turbulence in Sub-Saharan Africa

February 29, 2016

Our strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa requires we be very smart in our technology offerings through an acute awareness of our clients' requirements and limitations.

A Culture Change to Leverage Women in Engineering

February 24, 2016

I am passionate about supporting women in engineering because women are not typically drawn to traditional engineering jobs or companies. Once they’re here, I want to make sure we keep them.

5 Factors Help Tell If an OEM is Right for Repairs

February 22, 2016

When a big investment starts to cause issues, you’re faced with a tough decision: repair through a local shop or find a certified OEM. Who will you trust with a repair when the time comes?

Inspiring Our Future Innovators

February 22, 2016

Engineers in every industry, from every discipline, are coming together for one purpose: to share their enthusiasm for engineering and make a difference in a young person’s life.

Seizing the Opportunity for UK Industry

February 15, 2016

Does the skills gap and significant economic headwinds mean it will be difficult for the industrial UK economy in 2016? Not necessarily.

Smart Devices Boost Performance & the Bottom Line

February 8, 2016

Every human tries to avoid mistakes. But now — with smart devices and intelligent machinery enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) — things can avoid mistakes, too.

Automating to Reduce Food Production Costs

February 1, 2016

Food and beverage producers use automation to improve business results in stages: to improve process quality, boost efficiency and achieve the benefits of The Connected Enterprise.

Is Your Tire Plant Steam System Smart Enough?

January 18, 2016

Thanks to The Connected Enterprise, steam systems can be more intelligent than ever – and generate new levels of efficiency, sustainability and cost savings.

Intelligence Drives Operations Innovation

January 11, 2016

Manufacturers must get smarter and leverage data to proactively eliminate problems before they happen and continuously innovate operations processes and practices.

Designing Machines for the Future

January 4, 2016

Start designing sustainable, smarter machines using networked safety. Learn how to meet the changing market demands and design your machines for the future.

The Top 10 Rockwell Automation Blogs of 2015

December 21, 2015

Our most popular blogs include posts about drives, software, safety and The Connected Enterprise.

Align Your Supply Chain With the IoT

December 14, 2015

Firms that adopt a Connected Enterprise framework can achieve supply-chain alignment by linking processes via the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded intelligence.

Editor's Notebook: Automation Fair Report

December 3, 2015

Hot topics at Automation Fair 2015? Safety. Manufacturing Execution Systems. And turning data into wisdom, a focal point of The Connected Enterprise.

Safely Assessing My 'Midlife Crisis'

November 30, 2015

Whatever the risk assessment needs, it is important that they can get the best services from the most experienced service providers possible.

Transform Your Control System

November 23, 2015

Reshape your enterprise to meet increasing productivity demands with high-performance control and memory capacity.

OEM Role Evolves With Smart Manufacturing

November 23, 2015

End users across industries are moving toward smart manufacturing to gain more manufacturing intelligence and improve productivity – and survive in the marketplace. Where do OEMs fit?

Rising to the Challenge of Lightweight Vehicles

November 16, 2015

A flexible manufacturing environment allows carmakers to meet new material demands – and deliver vehicles with features consumers want at a price they can afford.

Finding The Right Company Culture

November 16, 2015

Discerning a company’s culture can be tough from the outside. Here are some key factors that can help you decide if your potential company is a good fit for you.

Users Power the Innovation Engine

November 12, 2015

Smart product developers always test their product with the people who use it -- and learn, make changes, for an improved version. It’s not different here at Rockwell Automation.

How I Met Your IT Manager

November 9, 2015

How does Formula 1 racing relate to the Connected Enterprise? Learn how connecting with your IT manager can help forge new connections and insights on the plant floor.

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