The latest company news and events highlights from January to April 2018.

The Latest News and Events Highlights

NHP Electrical Engineering Products (NHP) is appointed as sole distributor for Rockwell Automation products in South Pacific from 1st May 2018

NHP Electrical Engineering Products (NHP) announced today the acquisition of Rexel Industrial Automation’s (RIA) New South Wales and South East Queensland business assets related to the distribution and supply of Rockwell Automation products in these territories.

NHP has been granted sole distributor rights for Rockwell Automation products, systems and solutions in the South Pacific including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. This will be effective from 1st May 2018.

During April 2018, NHP and Rexel Industrial Automation will continue to trade as separate entities whilst the acquisition is formalised. NHP will be in contact with all RIA customers throughout April to ensure a seamless transition of products and services.

 “We are proud and excited to be expanding our relationship with NHP across the South Pacific region as we work together to further enhance the efficiency of our customers, by delivering smarter, safer and more sustainable operational outcomes through Rockwell Automation’s Connected Enterprise solutions and by providing a simpler model to engage with our businesses. We would like to thank Rexel for their strong partnership and collaboration over the past 17 years in this region” says Scott Wooldridge, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Rockwell Automation.

Rockwell Automation, NHP and Rexel are committed to ensuring a smooth transition, providing the best service and support, with customer excellence and best-in-class operations as a key priority.

Rockwell Automation TechED held in Auckland, New Zealand

Rockwell Automation TechED held in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland’s Rockwell Automation TechED revealed the latest technologies for high performance manufacturing

Unlocking the value of digital manufacturing

The recent Rockwell Automation TechED event in Auckland was well attended and revealed the latest technologies for high performance manufacturing and production. With a strong focus on New Zealand’s food & beverage, water/wastewater and OEM industries, the event brought together industry professionals including end users, system integrators, distributors, partners and machine builders.

“Rockwell Automation TechED is all about making a connection; to people, to new ideas, to inspiration. The innovative minds here are advancing industrial automation and solving business challenges in new ways,” said Laura Hernandez, commercial marketing manager, Rockwell Automation.

“TechED had a strong focus on helping customers implement The Connected Enterprise in their organisations. The event revealed techniques and technologies to identify where information is located, how to connect it securely, and how to analyse and present it where it’s needed. Attendees were also able to explore the networks, architectures, intelligence and power devices to increase productivity and efficiency,” explained Hernandez.

The first keynote of the event was delivered by John Genovesi, vice president, Information Solutions & Process Business, Rockwell Automation and revealed how manufacturers can unlock the value of digital manufacturing - a key focus of the event.

Digital manufacturing is made possible through the use of new technologies, from analytics and mobility to collaborative machines. These technologies communicate with each other and adapt to internal and external conditions to create flexible, efficient, responsive and secure operations.

With a variety of training settings, including hands-on labs, technical sessions and discussion forums, Rockwell Automation TechED provided the ultimate venue for attendees to learn about the latest techniques and technologies to maximise their manufacturing and production operations.

Tom Fisher, IoT Software managing director at Cisco delivered an informative keynote presentation highlighting the trends in Industrial IoT and the power of harnessing meaningful data. In his presentation, Tom discussed the challenges and opportunities that IoT presents to industrial environments.

As a Rockwell Automation Strategic Alliance Partner, Cisco collaborates with Rockwell Automation to bridge the gap between plant-floor and enterprise with a common network infrastructure through training, network design, and products.

New Zealand TechED had a strong OEM focus, with a networking executive event on the second day of the program specifically for OEMs. “This forum provided the opportunity for OEM’s and a major dairy end user to network and discuss their specific challenges. There was a key focus on smart machine and machine analytics and how Rockwell Automation Technologies can be leveraged to help customers on their journey to a Connected Enterprise and new service models to help OEM’s be more successful within their own businesses,” said Prasad Nory, Industry manager & OEM lead, Rockwell Automation.

Smart manufacturing is driving new opportunities for endusers to optimise their production and supply chain. Machine builders can help their customers meet these objectives by delivering smart machines and equipment that easily integrates into facilities, provide access to information and enables agile reaction to changing market demands.

With more than 50 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. A new product roadmap session brought all these technologies together while highlighting the latest developments and future directions for products in Logix, software and power control.

“This year’s event also featured an inaugural stream focused on power and motor control which was very well received by attendees,” added Nory. “The latest motor control developments in intelligence, information and operational technologies were presented and new products including the new low harmonic PowerFlex drives were demonstrated.”

The latest techniques and technologies from Rockwell Automation Authorised Distributor, NHP Electrical Engineering Products, together with PartnerNetwork companies including Cisco, Panduit, Endress + Hauser and EPLAN were also showcased at the event.

“TechED brought together the best in the industry and provided the perfect venue for sharing ideas, proving concepts and learning new strategies. We would like to thank all our customers who invested the time to attend the event and for making it such a success,” said Hernandez.

2017 Corporate Responsibility Report.

World’s Most Ethical Company Shows Exemplary Leadership

This year, Rockwell Automation was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies and listed as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index.

This is the tenth year that the Ethisphere Institute has named Rockwell Automation to the distinguished list of 135 global companies that influence and drive positive change and improve ethical leadership and corporate behavior.

“Integrity and honesty is part of our corporate DNA, and I am proud that Ethisphere is again recognizing the work our employees do to live our company’s values every day,” said Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation.

“Acting with integrity, ethics and respect for each other is not only the right thing to do, but it is also an imperative for growing our company as we provide long-term value,” he said.

The Rockwell Automation 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report is now available online and in print. The report details the company’s approach to corporate responsibility and sustainability, including its culture of integrity and ethical business practices.

2017 Global Honors

  • Honored with 2017 Catalyst Award
  • Ranked 66th on 2017 Management Top 250 list of The Wall Street Journal
  • Listed in China’s Top 100 Most Attractive Employers for the fifth time
  • Received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index for the sixth consecutive year
  • Listed among the 30 top companies in the U.S. in Newsweek Green Ranking

Leverage 3-D Imaging Technology for Sensing and Safety Applications

Late last year, Rockwell Automation announced that the company had acquired Odos Imaging, a Scottish technology company that provides three-dimensional, time-of-flight sensing systems for industrial imaging applications.

Rockwell Automation will apply this technology to sensing products to deliver solutions to a broad range of demanding industrial applications including automotive and general assembly, packaging and material handling, and logistics.

“This acquisition enables us to build on our portfolio of smart sensing and safety products, an important part of the foundation for The Connected Enterprise,” said Lee Lane, Rockwell Automation vice president and general manager, safety, sensing and connectivity business. “It enables us to expand our existing capabilities by bringing 3-D time-of-flight sensor technology to industrial applications.”

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