Rockwell Automation Recognized as the Reader’s Choice
It is the people and technology that come together to make Rockwell Automation a top choice for manufacturers and end users. Earlier this year, the company received great honors from the key trade media and their readers.
In January, Control Magazine announced their 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards winners. Rockwell Automation was the only supplier that ranked within the top three for all six categories and had the most first-place wins for every category within the metals, minerals and mining industry.
For the 2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards, eight products were awarded to Rockwell Automation from subscribers of Control Engineering magazine. The company’s Allen-Bradley® safety light curtain system and FactoryTalk® TeamONE mobile application received honorable mentions.
Readers of Automation World have chosen their preferred suppliers across a range of automation technologies for the 2018 Leadership in Automation program and Rockwell Automation was named to the Automation World “First Team.”
Rockwell Automation has held the honor each year since the program’s survey was first launched. Eight years ago, the company earned a place in 13 categories; as the survey has expanded throughout the years, it has been recognized in and earned a place on the 2017 First Team in 21 categories.
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 Rankings
Top Plant: A Combination of Metrics and Culture
Plant Engineer, a popular magazine among manufacturing managers and engineers, honored the Rockwell Automation plant in Twinsburg, Ohio the 2017 Top Plant.
The complexity of the products and the speed of the manufacturing processes, combined with world-class quality levels, make the plant a very high performing one within Rockwell Automation and within the industry.
To earn the title, the Twinsburg plant proved to have positive performances in many key aspects of manufacturing management, including the people, products, operation management and advanced technology.
The Connected Enterprise is the Rockwell Automation term of the overall umbrella of systems; Twinsburg plant practices this vision to make sure they connect people, processes and technology. It has plant-wide daily startup meetings and topics include safety, quality, service and cost.
“Normally, our meeting starts with safety because you can have great numbers, but if your employees are at risk, then everything is meaningless,” said German Mendez, Twinsburg plant manager. “Then we will talk about quality, performance from the previous shift or day, efficiency, labor utilization, service, and the priorities for the day.”
Operating since 1979, the Twinsburg plant manufactures products such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), electronic operator interfaces, input/output (I/O) devices, and a variety of distributed, on-machine products.
“The plant has experienced consistent productivity improvements,” said Brian McCaffrey, project manager at Twinsburg. “An example of this productivity is in our electronic assembly area. Using roughly the same amount of equipment and manufacturing associates, we have significantly improved the quantity of components.”
Orchestrated Data Transforming Production and Supply Chain
Industrial executives from around the globe gathered in San Diego, U.S., at the Industry of Things World USA event on March 7-9. At the event, Rockwell Automation shared its insights on how to approach IIoT to create new business opportunities.
During the three-day conference, Rockwell Automation leaders led roundtable discussions and made presentations on how to best orchestrate data to improve operations.
The company’s knowledge comes from tapping experience as both a provider of IIoT solutions and services, and as a manufacturer that has applied innovative IIoT strategy across global production processes.
“We’ve come a long way in connecting our enterprise. As a result, we’ve doubled labor productivity annually and increase on-time deliveries by 19 percent,” Bob Murphy, senior vice president of operations and engineering, Rockwell Automation, said in his keynote address. “Now, we are targeting our broader supply chain capabilities by increasing our sourcing to fulfillment connectivity to improve our predictability and productivity while decreasing time to market.”
Also, Rockwell Automation specialists exhibited data management, scalable analytics and IIoT strategy case studies, solutions and services during the event.
As a platinum partner of IoT World events, the company will again be presenting at IoT World Asia 18 on July 16-17 in Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore. This event is part of the award-winning IoT World global event series and has turned into the meeting point for industrial senior executives’ wanting to deepen their knowledge of the Industrial Internet of Things.
Smart Motion Control Approach
To show global manufacturers and customers how to enhance productivity using intelligent motion systems, Rockwell Automation demonstrated an independent cart technology at the Automation Technology Expo West (ATX West) in Anaheim, California, U.S., on February 6-8.
The company exhibited the MagneMover® LITE intelligent conveyor system and iTRAK® intelligent track system which can help manufacturers achieve new levels of throughput and process optimization. Machines builders can use the system’s independently controlled moving carts to customize operations to specific customer needs.
These intelligent motion systems can be used in assembly, process, test and manufacturing applications in the medical device, assembly, automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging and optical industries.
The application demonstrations at the Expo showed the visitor how the systems can help end users reduce their energy usage and machine footprint size.
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.”
A Chance to Gain Insight into Smart Manufacturing
The Rockwell On The Move (RAOTM) 2018 Conference was held on January 31 at The Leela Ambience, Gurugram, India. More than 1,000 attendees across India came to join the event and discovered the latest technologies and services from The Connected Enterprise portfolio.
The event hosted executive forums where industry leaders, analysts and Rockwell Automation with its strategic alliance partners shared their views on industry drivers, trends and how Connected Enterprise is bringing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to life for companies and can turn marketplace challenges into advantages to drive Make In India vision.
Various technology sessions and hands-on labs covered a myriad of topics such as "New Technology Innovations to Bringing The Connected Enterprise," "Improving Productivity Using Contemporary Safety Designs" and many more.