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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

The UK’s Productivity Paradox

April 18, 2016

UK manufacturing can become more productive – and this is important when comparing it to the global competition, since this ultimately decides the sustainability of our enterprises.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

The Next Industrial Revolution for the Middle East

January 25, 2016

How well placed is the Middle East to take advantage of the next industrial revolution? It must look into the future by diversifying economies – an approach being led by the UAE.

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.

Visibility: Killer App of The Connected Enterprise

November 2, 2015

The killer value proposition for The Connected Enterprise is improved visibility, which has the twin advantages of ultimate scalability and clearly demonstrable value.

Start Earning Tomorrow’s Profits Today

November 2, 2015

A Connected Enterprise framework lets you see how equipment operates in real time and to proactively address potential problems before they impact production.

Winter is Coming: is Your DCS Ready?

October 28, 2015

While the rest of the world raves about the Internet of Things (IoT), the process industries have long enjoyed centralized connectivity as a basic function of the DCS.

Secure Remote Access is Important for Your Brand

October 26, 2015

How can OEMs better protect their equipment, investments and reputation?

A Dramatic Change in Oil Well Pad Design

October 26, 2015

The trend in oil well drilling continues to move away from vertical wells in favor of horizontal wells. How has this move been changing the way we approach well pad automation?

Use the Super Computer in Your Pocket

October 19, 2015

With new levels of mobility, we have fast, secure, consistent, real-time access to data – and that means you no longer should be satisfied with incremental productivity improvements.

Smart Manufacturing: Machines for Millennials

October 12, 2015

Smart manufacturing — connected machines talking to each other and the enterprise — are fundamentally changing how products are designed, made, shipped and sold.

Are You Modeling the Impact of the Human Element?

October 12, 2015

What factors should be included in the probability of failure on demand calculations of safety instrumented functions?

Compliance and Beyond as IEC/ISO 17305 Nears

October 5, 2015

New changes are coming to machinery safety standards. Are you ready?

Modernizing Your Oil and Gas Plant

September 28, 2015

Managers in the oil and gas industry need to get the best from their equipment while dealing with many competing pressures.

The Unsung Heroes of Machine Safety

September 23, 2015

All good machine designers help save lives. The fact is that when the design of a machine gives it as much inherent safety as possible, the operators are safer.

Industrial Security: Critical for Manufacturing

September 23, 2015

Manufacturing is undergoing radical advancements thanks to the Internet of Everything (IoE). Our upcoming #CiscoChat, will help reveal what new business models mean for industrial security.

Will Your Company Culture Hurt Your IoT Strategy?

September 22, 2015

How do align your organization's culture and adopt a change management process that will help ensure you realize the value of industrial IoT and The Connected Enterprise?

The Reluctant Cyclist: Honoring Our Colleague

September 21, 2015

One of our best-loved colleagues, Graham Mullins, lost his short, brave battle with Leukemia. We're cycling from London to Brighton to raise funds in his honour.

Taking Automation Mobility Seriously

September 16, 2015

Although the rise of mobility and IT-OT convergence are trends that are recognized by many automation vendors, recognition doesn't mean your automation vendor is taking mobile seriously.

Get Your Automotive Plant Workforce Ready

September 15, 2015

Whether commissioning a new production facility, adding capacity or launching a new vehicle, workforce readiness is critical to automotive productivity and flexibility.

The Safety Paradigm Shift in Oil and Gas

September 9, 2015

Showing the safety of oil and gas production facilities requires putting in the hours after achieving the initial safety certification.

Why OEMs Should Protect Intellectual Property

September 7, 2015

Many OEMs are undervaluing their intellectual property. Learn why they should re-evaluate and invest in more secure IP protection solutions.

Hot Cutover: A Hot Topic for Oil and Gas

September 7, 2015

Upgrading assets can give valuable benefits in productivity. The challenge is to avoid productivity losses and downtime.

Production Changes To Help Product Quality

September 4, 2015

How do you get closer to the needs of the consumer with a few small production changes? With new integrated line-control technologies.

Managing Obsolescence in Offshore Oil and Gas

September 2, 2015

Managing obsolescence is not about taking the whole process offline. But to get the maximum performance and reduce the risk, there is much that can be done if you take the right approach.

What You Need to Design Smart Machines

August 26, 2015

Combining engineering and design elements into one standard framework enables designers to build smart machines and systems based on real-world automation design workflows.

A Holistic Approach to Security for OEMs

August 17, 2015

Manufacturers and industrial operators take on risk in everything they do. OEMs can take steps to identify, mitigate, detect and respond to risk before and during machine deployment.

Capital Planning: Build in Business Agility

August 13, 2015

The manufacturer you are today isn’t the manufacturer you need to be tomorrow. Market trends — B2B and consumer — change rapidly, and your organization needs to respond swiftly.

Eco Drives and The Connected Enterprise

August 12, 2015

With 1 billion consumers predicted by 2020, there is a rapidly growing global market to service. But with energy becoming more of a commodity than ever before, only the fittest will survive.

Crucial Elements of Safety Maturity

August 11, 2015

Best-in-class manufacturers realize that a combination of employee behavior, processes and procedures, and technology help them achieve 5-7% higher OEE.

A Box of Cookies and The Connected Enterprise

August 3, 2015

Objectives in the industrial market haven't changed much, but the discussion continues around what will be needed to stay competitive in the changing global market.

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