Automation Today Issue 58: News and Events

Automation Today Issue 58: News and Events

Rockwell Automation 2018 Automation Fair Event Unveils New Brand Platform and the Promise of ‘Expanding Human Possibility,’ Debuts: Innovative Solution Launches

Automation Fair 2018, hosted by Rockwell Automation and members of its PartnerNetwork on 14-15 November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, officially unveiled the company’s new branding and shared announcements about innovative solutions for customers.

The new brand promise, Expanding Human Possibility, supports Rockwell Automation's emphasis on bringing The Connected Enterprise to life and how, by connecting people, machines and data digitally across an entire organization, manufacturers can become more effective and productive.

“The new Rockwell Automation brand builds on our company’s legacy and emphasizes the central role that people play in advanced manufacturing. It underscores our focus on the ways we can help businesses maximize performance, advance innovation and drive growth,” said Blake Moret, chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “Together with our partners at Automation Fair, we demonstrated how to bring The Connected Enterprise to life, empowering our customers to build more efficient, nimble and productive businesses.”

Automation Fair 2018 saw thousands of global manufacturing leaders gather in Philadelphia to experience the latest technology and discuss industry trends impacting today’s manufacturing climate such as digitization, cybersecurity, female leadership, the skills gap and STEM.

Automation Fair also saw the launch of innovative new solutions, FactoryTalk InnovationSuite and MetsoMetrics, from Rockwell Automation and its PartnerNetwork members, that are designed to create value and increase productivity by harnessing the information within organizations.

Joe Sousa, president, Asia Pacific, Rockwell Automation, commented: “The new Rockwell Automation branding underlines our single-minded commitment to bringing the Connected Enterprise to life. By combining our expertise with that of our PartnerNetwork members, we can bring to market innovative new solutions and helping customers to define their Industry 4.0 journey.

“The Asia Pacific region is extremely diverse and fast-moving. Our full range of solutions allow customers to achieve deeper insights into their business and ensure their preparation for success, whatever market they are in, and the ability to overcome the unique conditions that their business or industry may face.”

Collaborate and Accelerate - Singapore Customer Experience Center Brings the Connected Enterprise to Life

See something, and you remember 35 percent of the content.

Do something, and you retain 75 percent of the knowledge.

Seeing a concept in action is good. Experiencing that concept is that much better. At our Customer Experience Center (CEC) in Singapore, customers can do both. Established in 2018, the CEC in Singapore is an expansive state-of-the-art space. Designed to create an ideal environment that allows customers to experience the opportunities of smart manufacturing in an interactive manner, and collaborate with Rockwell Automation to innovate their future business needs.

Abhay Dubey, Industry Manager, AP, added, “Olam, a global agri-business operating from seed to shelf, visited our CEC. Before the visit, they had some ideas on Connected Enterprise but did not know how the concept can be implemented. After the demonstration and presentations, they were convinced that we are the right partner for their digitalization journey. We were then awarded a pilot project and later a similar order for an entire plant in Vietnam. With initial success, they placed another order in Spain and sponsored two members from Singapore to visit their Spain facility to conduct a site survey for a potential long-term collaboration.”

Survey Shows Ties between Industrial Safety, Security and Operational Improvements

LNS Research finds manufacturers are using safety maturity to improve productivity

Industrial companies are using safety to not only mitigate risks but also to improve productivity and profitability, according to a survey by LNS Research. The survey finds organizations are using the three core elements of safety maturity – which include safety culture, procedures and technologies – to avoid safety incidents and improve business performance. In addition, risk management increasingly includes both safety and security risks.

From a culture standpoint, the survey found that organizations in which EHS, operations and engineering collaborate to improve all aspects of safety reported a median incident rate 15 percent lower than those without this collaboration. Organizations with cross-functional safety collaboration were also found to have a 12-percent better on-time delivery performance.

On the technology side, 75 percent of industrial companies said they have seen operational improvements resulting from the use of advanced safety technology. Similarly, 60 percent of respondents said they have seen financial improvements resulting from the use of advanced safety technology.

“The LNS Research survey shows that best-in-class manufacturers are making industrial safety a pathway to operational excellence,” said Lee Lane, vice president, safety, sensing and connectivity at Rockwell Automation. “These top performers use contemporary safety technologies, make safety a company-wide value and use standard processes to design safety and productivity into machinery.”

In 2013, Rockwell Automation introduced the Safety Maturity Index for end users to measure and improve safety performance. Many best-in-class companies use the tool today.
Rockwell Automation also introduced a version for machine builders to help them create machines that deliver productivity gains and comply with modern safety standards.

The LNS Survey results also support OEMs building safer machines, as 20 percent of respondents said they are willing to pay a premium for increased safety performance.

A full report on the LNS Research survey, which includes recommendations for how manufacturers can use safety maturity to drive operational excellence, is available here.

We Have a “Supply Chain to Admire”.

Supply Chain Insights recognizes our company for outperforming our peers.

Congratulations to our Global Supply Chain organization for being named a “2018 Supply Chain to Admire” by Supply Chain Insights.

Supply Chain Insights is dedicated to supply chain research with a mission of helping leaders understand supply chain trends, evolving technologies and which metrics matter. Founded in 2012, Supply Chain Insights is in its sixth year of operation with this being the fifth year of the award.

Why We Won

We were identified through Supply Chains to Admire methodology as an industry leader in driving higher levels of improvement, superior value in markets served and better-sustained performance. The design of this award program is to answer the question:

Which public companies are driving levels of performance on a balanced portfolio above their peer group and also driving a faster level of improvement with their teams? (Operating margin, growth, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)).

Since it generally takes multiple years for supply chains functions to significantly impact balance sheet results, and project outputs are often hard to sustain, the 2018 award leveraged the 2010-2017 time period with the intention of understanding post recessionary trends.

Supply Chain Insights compared information of 655 public companies in 28 industry sectors through the use of balance sheets and income statement data. Through this, Rockwell Automation was determined to excel among industry peers and named as a recipient of the 2018 Supply Chains to Admire prestigious award.

Ernest Nicolas, vice president, Global Supply Chain, was excited to attend this year’s Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in Philadelphia the week of Sept. 4 to accept the award on behalf of Rockwell Automation. As part of the acceptance, Ernest spoke to the attendees about our experiences through our own Connected Enterprise Journey.

“Supply Chain Insights criteria of using “Metrics that Matter” is about much more than just our supply chain,” said Ernest. “This supply chain award acknowledges Rockwell Automation’s company performance.” Even more impressive is that Rockwell Automation didn’t post or apply for this acknowledgement.

Ernest added, “This award recognizes the creativity and innovation of our supply chain teams around the world. They are the essential piece in bringing value to our customers and to our company, through their decision-making, proactive approach to supply chain, and dedication to continuous improvement.”

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