Annual Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards Open for Nomination
To celebrate best-in-class manufacturers that make safety an inherent value in their company culture, compliance procedures and use of machine-safety technology, Rockwell Automation is accepting nominations for its fifth annual Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards. MESNAC, one of the 2016 winners, stated that the award is proof to their worldwide stakeholders that safety matters to all and does not have to negatively impact productivity. The winners of this year will be announced this fall, and the nominations are open through August 18, 2017 through company website.
A Catalyst for Change
Blake Moret, Rockwell Automation President and CEO, has committed to being a member of Catalyst CEO Champions for Change, an initiative that recognizes CEOs and top industry leaders pledged to support diversity and inclusion drive change for gender equality in the workplace.
“Change must start at the top, where leaders commit to measurable results and hold our teams accountable,” said Moret. “Through this program, Rockwell Automation and the other founding companies will drive a culture shift that advances gender equality in the workplace, where all employees can and want to do their best work every day.”
Recently on March 8, the 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner held in New York City honored Rockwell Automation for the company’s innovative organizational approaches that address the recruitment, development and advancement of women and have led to proven, measurable results.
Addressing Digital Transformation and Industrial IoT Opportunities
Rockwell Automation exhibited advanced technologies and solutions that help manufacturers successfully transform themselves into digital enterprises and securely take advantage of the IIoT at Hannover Messe 2017, April 24-28 in Hannover, Germany.
At the event, Rockwell Automation collaborated with key global Strategic Alliance partners from their PartnerNetwork® program including Microsoft, Cisco, Endress+Hauser and ODVA in multiple booths showcasing how technologies such as device-to-device communication and augmented reality can deliver value for companies and help continue the journey toward digital transformation and a truly Connected Enterprise.
The First Award to Smart Machines For the Future
Rockwell Automation announced that the winner of ‘Best Future Machine Award’ is Italian company Cama Group. The award was created to recognize and reward the high levels of innovation in the packaging industry and was split into five categories: ease of use, modular machines, smart machines, sustainability, and traceability and product safety. Cama rated highly in several categories and won best ease-of-use.
The Cama machine showed how an integrated, modular design concept can be incredibly flexible and suit multiple applications. The award ceremony took place at the Rockwell Automation booth stand on the first day of interpack 2017, one of the largest’ s smart packaging shows, held on May 4-10 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Events Show Leading Technologies
To resonate industry leadership in Asia Pacific, there were multiple customer events which had brought more than 6000 customers and PartnerNetwork members together in the region.
There was the Rockwell Automation on the Move (RAOTM) in Beijing, China on February 22-23 with more than 1,300 participants gathered at the event; Automation World (Smart Factory Expo 2017) held in Seoul, Korea on March 30-31 was a huge success as it showcased new capabilities including information, mobility, security and safety solutions for guests to realize that The Connected Enterprise embraces smart machines and smart manufacturing.
Also, the RAOTM held in Taichung, Taiwan on April 25-26 had gained interest from the audience at the opening on the first day with Smart machine panel discussions, followed by technical sessions, live demos, and virtual plant tours.
Most recently, at RAOTM in Suzhou, over 1,000 customers and industry experts from across the country gathered to share and learn how to build The Connected Enterprise and achieve Smart Manufacturing. Upcoming events:
- PowerTechED, Gold Coast QLD, Australia, 14-15, June
- Capability Forum - Process Solutions, Konkan, India, 16 June
- Asia Pacific Intelligent Power Summit 2017, Harbin, China, 7-8, June
- Rockwell Automation TechED China 2017, Shanghai, China, 12-13, July
Collaboration with Industrial Security Company Claroty
After a competitive review process, Rockwell Automation has selected Claroty, the industrial security software provider, as a collaborator to work on combining their security products into future, packaged security offerings.
One of the key competitive capabilities of Claroty is their anomaly-detection software, which can create a detailed inventory of an end user’s industrial network assets, monitors traffic between those assets, and analyzes communications at their deepest level. Even the smallest anomalies can be identified and be reported to plant and security personnel with actionable insights to help enable efficient investigation, response and recovery.
Traditional IT security software often uses active queries and requires a footprint on the network, which can ultimately disrupt operations. However, the Claroty platform uses a passive-monitoring approach to safely inspect traffic without the risk of disruption. It can detect human errors and other process integrity issues at any stage while protecting complex and sensitive industrial networks. The system also identifies network-configuration issues that could expose a system to outside threats.
Claroty has joined the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork® Encompass™ program, which is a product reference program that helps customers quickly locate products that solve application challenges. With the addition of Claroty, Rockwell Automation can find more robust solutions to help protect operations and industrial security.
The Readers and the Professionals' Choice
Three key trade media based in U.S. have awarded and recognized Rockwell Automation and the products recently.
Announced in January 2017, Control Magazine has honored Rockwell Automation with Most “Best-in-Control by Process Automation Discipline” Wins as Rockwell Automation was the only supplier to be ranked number one or number two in all six award categories. The Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Awards has awarded eight products and highlighted two honorable mentions in February.
The winner of the Grand Award—the Allen-Bradley® PanelView 5500 Graphic Terminal—received the most votes in the entire 2017 program. Also, announced in early April, readers of Plant Engineering have selected five Rockwell Automation products to receive prestigious "Product of the Year" 2016 honors.
In addition, Allen-Bradley Kinetix® 5700 servo drive received best innovation product award at the China Automation Industry annual conference 2017 on Apr 13.
Many of the awarded products are crucial to deliver The Connected Enterprise – a smart manufacturing vision that allows customers to keep up with the rapid changes by leveraging innovative control, information and communications technologies.
An Ongoing Global Sustainability Commitment
Rockwell Automation announced that its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report is now available online and in print. Along with detailing the company’s approach to ethical business practices, the report provides highlights and updates on the company’s environmental performances, employee safety and culture, and community relations initiatives.
The mission of Rockwell Automation to improve the quality of life by making the world more productive and sustainable starts with the company and the actions they take every day. Rockwell Automation continues to create the best work environment for employees and to help improve worldwide customer’s productivity, quality, safety and sustainability.
Business Roundtable 2017 Sustainability Report has mentioned about Rockwell Automation and the company’s commitments to the environment, the communities and the people. The report features narratives from global business leaders about how their companies are improving the quality of life around the world through sustainability efforts.
With socially responsible and sustainable business practices embedded in work and behaving, leading indices and organizations continue to recognize the company as a sustainability leader.
Ten years of shared success:
- Named a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index six times
- Included on the FTSE4Good Index for more than a decade
- Named one of Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies® nine times
- Reduced energy intensity by 23 percent from company's 2008 baseline