Automation Today Issue 61: News and Events

News and Events

Lonza Selects Rockwell Automation for Digital Transformation of Pharmaceutical Operations

Lonza to use PharmaSuite MES software, along with FactoryTalk InnovationSuite to accelerate paperless, 24/7 production of cutting-edge capsules

Lonza has selected Rockwell Automation for the turnkey implementation of their strategic vision of bringing the digital factory to nine former Capsugel facilities that manufacture drug capsules. The Switzerland-based company, founded in 1897 with approximately 15,500 employees, chose Rockwell Automation’s PharmaSuite Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software to digitize operations in their manufacturing environments. Specifically, the solution is designed to help avoid disruptions during high volume periods of just-in-time orders for on-demand production, ushering in a new era of operational efficiency.

Rockwell Automation services all of the top 10 global life sciences firms, offering expertise in scalable digital transformation, industrial analytics, and IoT solutions for fully automated, high-speed manufacturing environments. This deployment to nine sites will also provide 1,500 employees across the globe new, operational technology-centric tools for reaching the next level of efficiency and quality.

“Digital transformation is bringing new levels of operational efficiency, quality, process automation, and employee productivity to pharmaceutical companies globally,” said John Genovesi, senior vice president, Enterprise Accounts and Software, Rockwell Automation. “We’re proud to be working with Lonza as they evolve their products, operations, and workforce towards their maximum potential through the use of Rockwell Automation’s software solutions.”

Lonza will use PharmaSuite MES software, along with FactoryTalk InnovationSuite software to better trace product down to the individual capsule carton and gain insights into performance and production. A segregation of SAP and PharmaSuite MES will also help avoid disruption in case of a global enterprise resource planning ERP shutdown or required maintenance by enforcing workflows and collecting necessary information.

Rockwell Automation’s software solutions help organizations continually optimize their operations for the digital age. The company is currently working with Lonza on an innovation program to keep their operations on the leading edge of pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Helping Indian Manufacturers bridge Employee 4.0 Industry Skill Gaps

On the concluding day of TechEd 2019 in India, Rockwell Automation, announced its plans to help manufacturers in India bridge the Industry 4.0 skill gap by offering e-learning, instructor-led courses, certificate programs, and training workstations.

Speaking at TechEd, Dilip Sawhney, managing director, Rockwell Automation India said, “India Inc. is witnessing a shift towards smart factory shop floors designed to boost productivity, improve quality, and optimise costs to help companies stay competitive. However, we are also staring at a huge skills gap in the country’s workforce when it comes to operating Industry 4.0 technologies. This must be addressed at both the corporate and government policy levels to accelerate India’s digital transformation and achieve our collective vision of becoming a five trillion dollar economy by 2024.”

Rockwell Automation TechEd has emerged as the leading technical education and user conferences in the manufacturing industry. More than 300 attendees participated in a unique two-day learning and networking experience with over 70 sessions, including thought provoking keynote presentations, expert-led technical sessions, interactive hands-on labs, and demonstrations to learn about the latest techniques and technologies to optimize production data and build secure networks to transform their business.

The event started with an informative keynote presentation by Joe Bartolomeo, vice president Enterprise Accounts & Software Sales, Rockwell Automation that highlighted the importance of investing in smart manufacturing and production to remain competitive on a global scale. He explained that with a growing consumer market demanding more choice, manufacturers needed to embrace new technologies to address changing requirements. Industrial IoT is estimated to have an economic impact of 4.6 trillion dollars by 2025 as new technologies including analytics, mobility, app platforms and the cloud, help securely connect plant information with enterprise systems.

“In addition to investing in the right technology and systems, businesses also need to invest in people right now to build the workforce of tomorrow. To make the Industry 4.0 enabled Connected Enterprise a reality, we first need to start creating a pipeline of skilled problem solvers, builders, makers, and innovators. It is towards this goal that Rockwell Automation will continue to partner with industry and academic organisations in India and across the region,” emphasised John Watts, marketing director, Rockwell Automation.

Designed for end users, systems integrators, distributors, partners and machine builders, TechEd 2019 India created opportunities for participants to learn from industry experts and hear how their peers are solving manufacturing and production challenges. The sessions focused on data analytics and on the convergence of IT/OT to achieve smart manufacturing by capturing industrial data. The event also provided attendees with the latest innovations in mobility and virtualization, information management and analytics, as well as safety and security.

Rockwell Automation TechEd focuses on the latest technologies and cutting-edge solutions to help customers embark on their journey towards smart manufacturing through digital transformation for enhanced productivity, competitiveness and sustainability.


Rockwell Automation China enters into Strategic Partnership with Lenovo

Partnership will enable us to deliver smart solutions to manufacturers in China

Rockwell Automation China recently reached another milestone in bringing the Connected Enterprise to life. We have entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Lenovo Data Intelligence Business Group to work together in areas such as technology, products, business and market access. This offering will help transform the manufacturing industry in China by providing users with integrated digital solutions that connect information technology (IT) with operations technology (OT).

This partnership enables both companies to fill the gap in the marketplace by taking a "one-stop" approach to the implementation of digital solutions from offering consulting services to products and solutions.

Establishing the Lenovo - Rockwell Automation Delivery Center

We plan to combine Lenovo's digital business and digital technology consulting services with our information technology-powered automation product suites and Connected Enterprise solution. Together, we will develop industry solutions catering to the needs of smart water utilities, 3C manufacturing and brewing.

"Lenovo Data Intelligence Business Group is China's leading provider of data products and intelligence platforms and has brought about customer clustering effects in various fields such as automotive, petrochemical, metallurgy and electronics manufacturing," said Ian Shih, regional vice president, Greater China, Rockwell Automation. “Collaborating with Lenovo, Rockwell Automation seeks to fuel the digital transformation of China's manufacturing industry with the most advanced and comprehensive industrial intelligence solutions."

Helping the manufacturing industry become smarter

Rockwell Automation will provide Lenovo with product suites in the OT domain such as FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, FTPC Manufacturing Execution System, Integrated Architecture System, and Intelligent Motor Control Platform to make it easier for enterprises to deal with the challenges in the digitalization journey.

Upgrade your skills through E-Learning

Rockwell Automation e-learning courses provide the flexibility and convenience of self-paced, self-directed training courses when and where you need them most. Our e-learning incorporates a variety of fundamental and product specific topics to deliver a world class online training solution directly to your plant floor or wherever you need it most.

Each learning module contain activities, software simulations, and demonstration videos to help reinforce learning concepts. The modules can be taken on any tablet or PC using Chrome, Safari, IE, Edge, or Firefox, and all content is narrated, and has a viewable transcript.

Click here to view detailed E-learning course profiles.

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