Integrated Automation and Information Is the Future of Productivity

IT/OT convergence helps companies measure and manage productivity in new ways. Data available from the IoT in manufacturing, for example, improves decision making and machine performance. Integrated automation and information opens the door to new productivity-enhancing innovations, including self-aware equipment and collaborative robots.

What Is Your Modernization Strategy?

Embrace New Technology and Make Productivity a Long-term Goal

A modernization strategy is about more than IT/OT convergence or equipment upgrades. It is about development of a roadmap that addresses all aspects of your operation. It is also about preparation for inevitable technology advances and business changes.

Consider some of the ways companies approach modernization to increase productivity:

  • Automotive companies use automated data systems to help boost OEE and productivity by 50%
  • Food and beverage companies use the Infrastructure-as-a-Service approach to reduce troubleshooting time by 90%
  • Oil and gas companies use real-time predictive analytics to spot potential failures and minimize downtime
  • Pharmaceutical companies improve process consistency to help increase production by 65%

We also modernized our manufacturing operations as part of our own connected enterprise journey, and integrated automation and information into a connected system. We used the latest MES and EMI software to bring information from hundreds of applications into one central location. Our productivity has increased since the new system was implemented.

Case Studies

IT/OT Convergence in Action

What happens when organizations bridge the gap between plant-floor and enterprise systems? They understand their business better, cut down on downtime, and reach productivity levels that were not possible otherwise. Innovative companies already show what is possible. See how.

Integrated Automation Systems

Connect the Plant Floor with Scalable, Future-proof Technologies

IT/OT convergence bridges the gap between not only plant-floor and enterprise systems, but also between individual devices. For this reason, automation and control systems are built with devices that are seamlessly integrated rather than a collection of individual products.

Technologies that are designed to help build integrated and efficient industrial automation systems include:

  • Integrated control systems combine real-time information and multiple control disciplines into one architecture to enhance productivity
  • Intelligent motor control devices provide access to information that can drive better decisions and improve system performance
  • Smart devices provide the raw data for a Connected Enterprise to help optimize operations

A Single and Secure Network Architecture

The Right Network for a Productive Connected Enterprise

A seamless flow of information can only happen with a secure and reliable network architecture. Organizations that deploy a single network architecture on standard Ethernet and IP can help get the right data to the right worker, place, and time. This approach can drive productivity on the plant floor and across the enterprise.

To plan for IT/OT convergence, it is critical to understand the many complexities involved. In collaboration with our strategic alliance partners, we can help you navigate this process. With Cisco, we can help you converge and simplify your network architecture, close cultural and technical gaps, and train workers. With Panduit, we offer guidance and preconfigured solutions that can help you reduce risk, enhance operational performance, improve reliability, and simplify network implementations.

How May We Help You?

Rockwell Automation and our partners offer exceptional knowledge to help design, implement, and support your automation investment.

Greater Productivity

Overcoming The Challenges Of Integration

Leveraging a higher level of manufacturing connectivity and data integration offers significant gains in productivity. This Industry Week Whitepaper Explains Why.

Download the Manufacturing Connectivity and Data Integration Whitepaper

See How We Improved Productivity By 5%

All it takes is increased visibility and better decision-making.

Similar to other manufacturers with large product portfolios and a global manufacturing presence, we used a wide range of manufacturing processes at our different plants. Each plant also ran its own enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, with none of them talking to each other, while also using custom applications that monitored and analyzed machine data in different ways.

To combat this and other challenges, we have implemented and continue to deploy, The Connected Enterprise across all of our plants. Through the implementation to date, we have experienced numerous improvements.

Read Our Story So Far...

Improve productivity without compromising safety

47% of Best-In-Class Companies Are Integrating Their Safety and Plant Automation Systems

Research by the Aberdeen Group proves that you can improve productivity without compromising safety and thus reduce the risk of safety breaches which can destroy brand reputations, shareholder value – and even lives.

Best-in-Class manufacturers are also 43% more likely to have a centralised view of the data from their safety and plant automation systems.

This Analyst Insight from Aberdeen Group outlines the four key steps your enterprise can take to match the success of the Best-in-Class.

Download the Aberdeen Group Whitepaper To