The App for Team Productivity
As part of the company’s expanded Information Solutions strategy to help employees make better decisions across their enterprise, the FactoryTalk® TeamONE™ application is now available for iOS and Android smartphones. The app boosts team productivity by enabling users to collaborate and share knowledge, view live production diagnostics, interact with machine alarms, and troubleshoot devices. Teams that use the FactoryTalk TeamONE app could drive a reduction in mean time to repair (MTTR).
Rather than act as a client that connects to a server, the app’s device modules communicate directly to devices on the network for live data viewing. When secure cloud access is available, the modules sync with other trusted team members.
By offering near-instantaneous incident and device data, plant floor, engineering and IT workers can collaborate as a team to quickly solve problems. From their smartphones, employees can choose from the variety of modules with the FactoryTalk TeamONE app to directly view information from devices, such as Allen-Bradley® PowerFlex® drives, or see the high-level health status of any EtherNet/IP™ device. This information is shareable across the app’s collaboration and troubleshooting modules with other trusted team members. Once issues are resolved, insights can then be flagged, saved and searched for the next time an incident arises.
FactoryTalk TeamONE Free Edition (Unlimited Time)
- Allows create or join any number of teams
- Includes selected Knowledgebase content
- Synchronizes with FactoryTalk Cloud (3 months data retention)
- Includes eight modules: Incident, Device Health, Teamboard, Knowledgebase, Connect, Pinboard and Chat, Connect and Trend.
* Expanded content available for users associated with a TechConnectSM contract
FactoryTalk TeamONE Standard Edition
- Includes all features in Free Edition
- Includes Alarm module for viewing, sharing and posting active alarms from a FactoryTalk system enabled with the TeamONE Alarm connector
- Enables management of multiple teams and fast team switching
FactoryTalk TeamONE is an innovative new product that the Rockwell Automation team, along with a team from Microsoft, designed and included platform components within the app itself - transforming the device into a smart node that opportunistically syncs and keeps industrial communications local. It is an app that focuses solely on increasing industrial worker productivity by converging team collaboration and automation-centric data.
The free edition of the app is now available on iTunes and Google Play app stores for download. To subscribe to the standard edition, users can visit the Rockwell Automation website or contact a local Rockwell Automation sales office for more information.
Modern Visualization Solution Enables Smart Manufacturing
The Allen-Bradley® VersaView® 5000 portfolio is the latest open architecture human machine interface (HMI) offering from Rockwell Automation. With this new family of industrial computers, thin clients and monitors, manufacturers can modernize their standalone or distributed HMI applications to support smart manufacturing.
Its open architecture allows greater freedom to install the software that fits any specific operational needs. It supports modern operating systems and various software applications, but the ideal deployment is to use FactoryTalk® View SE software for distributed applications.
As part of the Rockwell Automation scalable compute offerings, the VersaView 5000 portfolio includes five products:
The new portfolio includes the largest full-HD screen size among all other product offerings and can display more information and replicate control room displays on the plant floor for more efficient data sharing. In addition to the new 22-inch (1920x1080) screen size, the VersaView 5000 portfolio includes 12-inch (1280x800), 15-inch and 19-inch (1366x768) widescreen options. These devices:
- Provide a single external display output port
- Operate in environments ranging from 0 to 50 °C
- Feature mounting options including panel and VESA mount
- Include edgeless glass design with 10-point, capacitive multi-touch screens
These non-display computers offer a small footprint, dual video output and a light weight, fanless design. They can operate in environments ranging from -20 to 60°C and have mounting options including wall, VESA mount, DIN Rail, bookshelf and machine. With the same performance of the integrated display models and the flexibility to load a variety of software applications, the non-display computers are well-suited for many applications.
Both display and non-display computers:
- Feature an open architecture that provides greater application flexibility
- Have a quad core Intel Atom® E3845 processor and a 128 GB solid-state drive
With the same modern design of the integrated computers, the VersaView 5200 thin clients offer both panel and non-display versions. They are ideal for distributed application because they have no operating system. The thin client computers are used for remote access to a server, where the thin client depends on the main server to fulfill its role. They are designed to be the preferred thin client hardware for use with ThinManager® software from Rockwell Automation that centrally manages content and visualization for every aspect of modern industrial operations. When using ThinManager with VersaView 5200 hardware, users will receive custom and premier ThinManager features. ThinManager:
- Allows for deployment of less expensive hardware while giving users familiar applications and tools in a format that reduces management and hardware costs while increasing security
- Seamlessly integrates with current programmable controllers and operator interfaces while providing a number of features, tool and methods of access that make it simple to monitor and adjust user sessions from anywhere
Bringing the Digital Oilfield to Life
By combining Rockwell Automation ConnectedProduction™ technology with Schlumberger oil and gas software and service, a new digital solution brings remote domain expertise to the oilfield. The solution enables self-declaring wells to be automatically discovered and integrated into the production environment. This helps reduce deployment risks, costs and complexity.
Intelligent automation and information are the gateway to lowering oil and gas production costs by maximizing recovery from every well. The Rockwell Automation ConnectedProduction solution converges operations and IT environments and securely connects people, processes and technologies. Oil and gas producers now have the opportunity to leverage this breakthrough digital solution to help optimize production by connecting upstream operations with critical, real-time analytics and domain insights.
The key benefits of this solution are system-aware production automation solutions and unprecedented access to domain expertise. By providing real-time control and analytics at the wellhead, this solution helps bridge the skills gap in the oil and gas industry. Moreover, it also provides communication technologies that allow information to be gathered and analyzed both remotely and in the field.
When production anomalies arise that workers cannot readily resolve, they can quickly connect with domain specialists and share information using any digital device. This in-the-field collaboration between the well site, control room and other locations speeds decision-making and streamlines operations.
Reliable AC Drives offer New Capabilities
The newly released Allen-Bradley® PowerFlex® 6000 medium-voltage AC drive is a cost-effective solution that offers expanded, user-friendly control for variable and constant torque applications such as fans, pumps and compressors. It includes UL and IEC configurations ranging from 2.3 to 11 kV and provides 100 percent starting torque, leveraging sensorless vector control.
With its extended power range, PowerFlex 6000 drives can be used for applications with output-voltage ratings up to 11 kV and motor current ratings up to 680 A, while featuring an air-cooled design. The internally powered cooling fans are eco-designed, helping to reduce customer-supplied control power requirements, and equipment and installation costs, so users can avoid the larger footprint of a liquid-cooled drive. In addition to the advance power ranges and motor control capabilities, other features include:
- Integrally mounted, multi-pulse isolation transformers provide low line side harmonics and high input power factors that help improve asset utilization
- Automatic power cell bypass which helps minimize downtime in critical applications
- Common modular power cells that are designed for easy removal, which helps minimize mean time to repair
In addition, an uninterruptible power supply helps increase system reliability, minimize downtime and mitigate potential machine damage.
The PowerFlex 6000 drive is easy to commission, use and maintain, with standard faceplates and EtherNet/IP™ connectivity. The drive is a cost-effective solution for heavy industries with higher power needs for their applications.
ERP Application Improve Business and Operational Consistency
Rockwell Software® Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Integration Gateway enables real-time communication between the plant floor and business systems. This application allows plants to more easily and cost effectively exchange transactions and execute business processes across the enterprise in real-time. Such valuable information exchange allows better visibility into production operations, better adherence to schedules, improved decision-making opportunities, and the delivery of quality products on time.
The ERP Integration Gateway provides out-of-the-box capabilities for integrating a manufacturing execution system (MES) platform with external IT systems. It also includes pre-defined integration touch points with SAP based on various industries, such as automotive, discrete, consumer packaged goods, and process industries, and supports end-user specific data integration needs.
Featuring a graphical mapping tool and event-driven messaging, the latest version of ERP Integration Gateway 3.02.00 is designed for rapid deployment. With flexibility, scalability, and availability enhanced, this application enables the plug and play enterprise Service Bus with Service Oriented Architecture connectivity.
The ERP Integration Gateway aligns manufacturing operations with the business processes and information housed in ERP systems to offer a framework that supports operational performance and business improvements at the lowest total cost of ownership. Manufacturers can achieve the agility that makes the enterprise more responsive to customer demands, more competitive, and ultimately, more profitable.
New Real-Time Threat Detection Service
Added to the Rockwell Automation industrial cybersecurity solution offering, new threat detection services help manufacturers and industrial operators monitor, detect and respond to increasingly complex security threats. Designed specifically for industrial networks, the new set of services map normal network behavior, and use Rockwell Automation monitoring services to detect and alert operators of irregularities and potential threats in real time.
The threat detection services are a passive, non-intrusive security solution. After the entire environment is charted, the tool identifies normal operating procedures and creates a baseline. Any deviations from this baseline are annunciated in the form of context rich alerts. The alerts are integrated with Rockwell Automation monitoring services to help inform the response and recovery process. This process includes incident impact analysis, containment, and eradication protocols.
The end user is alerted if a security threat is detected, and the predetermined response plan is enacted based on the criticality of the anomaly. This plan includes defined workflows that safely outline the recovery steps to be taken to return to a fully operational state.
The new set of services is built on top of threat detection software, created by Claroty, an Encompass™ Product Partner of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ program.