Scalable Computing Delivers Industrial IoT Data to Where Decisions are Made

Rockwell Automation compute offerings scale from device to enterprise to solve analytical challenges at all levels

Industrial companies that want to use Industrial IoT (IIoT) data to make better business decisions must first make sure workers can access that data when and where they need it. New scalable compute offerings from Rockwell Automation give decision makers access to real-time data to solve analytical challenges and adapt to changes at every level of an organisation. This helps improve productivity and efficiency in a Connected Enterprise.

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At the Device Level

Rockwell Automation is introducing three compute offerings at the device level to help operators make faster, more informed decisions closer to the source of information. Each offering allows users to run applications in a Windows 10 IoT Enterprise environment to gain better insight into machines and equipment. The variety of platforms also gives users flexibility to meet individual application needs. 

First, the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix compute module allows users to add Windows 10 IoT directly into the Logix system in existing applications and provides high-speed access to ControlLogix data across the backplane. As a result, users can combine Windows applications as close to the point of decision-making as possible.

Second, the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5480 controller combines Allen-Bradley Logix5000 control and Windows-based computing in one controller. The controller supports Windows applications, such as data collection, analytics and predictive computations. It is ideal for meeting the demands of high-performance production lines and information-driven smart machines.

Third, the Allen-Bradley VersaView 5000 industrial computers provide modern visualisation and data aggregation for smart manufacturing. The computers use an open architecture design, allowing users to install software specific to their applications. They are specifically designed to withstand the conditions of industrial environments. Rockwell Automation and partner applications run directly on the device while allowing users to visualise this data on an integrated or external industrial monitor.

“Time is of the essence in industrial operations, so it’s critical that workers be able to consume data as close as possible to where it’s produced,” said Greg Gernert, global business manager, Rockwell Automation. “These new device-level compute offerings provide real-time, close-to-the-source data access to help drive productivity in any industry.”

Rockwell Automation is also building IIoT and analytics into these compute offerings. For example, the recently released FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices software from Rockwell Automation delivers real-time asset health and diagnostic information to the VersaView 5000 industrial computers.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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