Rockwell Automation TechED revealed the latest technologies in automation, information and analytics
Using connected technologies to gain business value
The recent Rockwell Automation TechED event in Melbourne attracted record numbers and revealed the latest techniques and technologies to maximise manufacturing and production operations. With a focus on advancing industrial automation and solving business challenges, the event brought together the best in the industry including end users, system integrators, distributors, partners and machine builders.
“TechED has established a reputation as the industry’s only multi-day, hands-on event focusing on the latest technologies to maximise assets and information across operations. The number of people attending TechED is growing year upon year because it not only focuses on the latest technologies to enable a Connected Enterprise, but demonstrates first-hand how companies can connect silos of information to extract real business value,” explained Matthew Treeby, commercial marketing manager, Rockwell Automation.
The event began with an informative keynote presentation by John Watts, marketing director, Rockwell Automation that highlighted the importance of investing in smart manufacturing and production to remain competitive on a global scale.
The growing middle class in emerging countries together with an aging workforce are key market drivers for smart manufacturing and production. As the consumer market grows and demands more choice, manufacturers need to embrace new technologies to address these changing requirements.
In light of these macro-trends, the Industrial IoT is estimated to have an economic impact of 4.6 trillion dollars by 2025 as new technologies including analytics, mobility, app platforms and the cloud, help securely connect plant information with enterprise systems.
In closing, Watts explained the importance of firstly understanding why you are taking the journey to smart manufacturing. “As a manufacturer, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the productivity and manufacturing issues you are working to solve. It is not all about the technology, think about the people and processes involved. Make sure you understand the business outcomes and why you are heading towards smart manufacturing.”
To help customers work towards increased productivity and profitability, he also shared a five-step guide to the Connected Enterprise; the first step being to identify desired business outcomes, then sourcing an outside perspective, assembling the team, starting small by implementing a pilot program and finally scaling for expansion to eventually enable The Connected Enterprise.
Michael Pantaleano, global business manager for analytics and cloud, Rockwell Automation, delivered the second keynote presentation focusing on how the company’s latest tools and technologies focus on scalable analytics to help customers meet production and operational goals.
Manufacturers rely on production data to solve challenges on the plant floor and across the enterprise. Scalable analytics, performed at the device, system or enterprise level, provide actionable information to the people who need it and a pathway to move data into higher-level systems.
Pantaleano emphasised the importance of running analytics where it makes sense, based on the real time nature and power required. For example, analysis of historical data and trends for future optimisation could and should take place in the cloud, whereas detection of device abnormalities requires a real time response and should be handled onsite.
The company’s new analytics solutions have the capability to scale from device through to enterprise. The devices that are in machines, lines and applications produce data. To run a connected enterprise, this data must be extracted and sent up to plant-wide and enterprise-wide information systems.
The new FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices provides information about the diagnostic health of devices, at the source. With plug-in appliances that automatically detect, digitise, analyse, and act on device data, real-time alerts on critical device and machine health are delivered at the device level.
Revealing insights into new and future products, Pantaleano explained that the focus of product development is on simplicity and experience so that devices are easier to use and deploy. In addition, collaboration and mobility requirements are met through the new FactoryTalk TeamONE app, helping to make customers more productive.
Another welcome addition to the company’s offering, Rockwell Automation ThinManager helps manage information and streamline workflows for a more connected production environment. ThinManager software allows centralised configuration and management of deliverable content to any combination of user, device or location.
Similarly, Studio 5000 Logix Designer has added new features to help improve productivity. It is clear that the company’s focus is on providing appliances that can begin delivering results quickly – products that already have analytics, are easy to use and deploy, readily integrated and scalable for future needs.
With more than 60 sessions on offer, attendees were able to experience the latest trends and technologies in the areas of scalable industrial analytics, operational data infrastructure and management, digital transformation, remote access and monitoring, and connected services and solutions.
The Process Solutions Users Group (PSUG) provided a unique perspective on how to optimise process applications and the opportunity to interact directly with the Rockwell Automation global process team. For process industries, PlantPAx embraces the cloud, mobility and virtualisation, providing an easy information flow and the flexibility to adapt to new technology.
Another area where Rockwell Automation has made significant advances is security. As manufacturing and production facilities connect the plant floor with business systems, a comprehensive approach to industrial security is required.
Securing the Connected Enterprise requires a holistic defense-in-depth approach. TechED provided the forum to learn about developing standards and regulations around security and the Rockwell Automation approach for building security into their products.
TechED demonstrated the importance of investing in smart manufacturing and production; and the costly danger of missed opportunities. The industrial automation market in Australia and New Zealand is expected to grow consistently over the coming years, making now the right time to reap the rewards of using analytics to transform data from smart, connected industrial assets into meaningful insights.
Winner of Best Internet of Things Provider
Against intense competition in the manufacturing industry, Rockwell Automation Southeast Asia has won the Best Internet of Things (IoT) Provider at the Asian Manufacturing Awards 2017 award ceremony, which was held on July 27 in Singapore.
Rockwell Automation Southeast Asia named Best Internet of Things (IoT) Provider at the 2017 Asian Manufacturing Awards
As an IoT pioneer, Rockwell Automation has been focused for several years on understanding the evolving industrial automation requirements and combining technology innovation and expertise to simplify those factories’ business experiences. The award recognizes The Connected Enterprise and the company’s work to integrate data from self-aware and system-aware intelligent sensors, convert it into contextualized knowledge, and distribute it seamlessly to decision-makers companywide. As a result, smart manufacturers can help to shorten time to market, lower total cost of ownership, enhance asset utilization, minimize enterprise risks, and advance workforce efficiency.
The Asian Manufacturing Awards 2017 has been recognizing and honoring companies from the industrial automation sector that provide cutting-edge industrial automation technology and value-added solutions to help enable manufacturers to achieve increased performance.
“We are pleased to be recognized for the third time as the Best IoT Provider in Asia,” said Tang Poi Toong, Market Access and Marketing Director of Rockwell Automation Southeast Asia. “It is a testament to our strong commitment to continuous innovation – empowering our customers to experience quantifiable operational breakthroughs as they become Connected Enterprises.”
Partnership with Foxconn Achieves Visions of Smart Manufacturing
Rockwell Automation has confirmed collaboration with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd, also known as Foxconn, to implement Connected Enterprise and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concepts for smart manufacturing. The announcement was made in late July 2017 at Foxconn’s Consumer Electronics Assembly Operations.
The two companies will collaborate to develop and apply Smart Manufacturing solutions at Foxconn’s new United States facilities. Their technological expertise will be combined to deliver a state of the art manufacturing system with unparalleled levels of operational efficiency. The Chairmen of the global leading companies are confident the collaboration will further demonstrate the power and broad applicability of The Connected Enterprise. They also agree that together they will help increase operational efficiencies in electronics manufacturing to new levels, achieving the vision of Smart Manufacturing and Made in China 2025.
Foxconn is a Taiwanese multinational electronic contract manufacturer and has its corporate headquarters in Taiwan. It has been increasing its employee base in the United States and has committed to take part in programs to upskill military veterans and create a pool of certified talent for in-demand advanced manufacturing roles across the U.S.
The Taiwanese manufacturer shares Rockwell Automation’s commitment to expanding the upskilling of the U.S. workforce to provide the necessary talent for advanced manufacturing roles.
Welcoming New Member to Board of Directors
Rockwell Automation announced that Patricia Watson has been elected to the company’s board of directors effective July 1, 2017. Now, Watson starts helping the company assess new technologies, business models, and talent to create meaningful business outcomes for customers with her expertise.
Watson joined Total System Services (TSYS) with 17 years of financial services industry experience, serving in a variety of technology-related roles. These positions include vice president and global chief information officer for The Brinks Company, and senior technology executive for Bank of America’s treasury, payments and credit functions. She currently serves as a board director for Texas Capital Bancshares.
“Patty is a leader in her industry, with proven business and technical skills, and we’re pleased to welcome her to our board of directors,” said Keith Nosbusch, chairman of Rockwell Automation.