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Evolve Your Manufacturing Production Processes

Learn how we can help manufacturers bring their factories up to speed in preparation for new, growing demands.

The New Engine Behind Agile EV Powertrain Lines

Digital twins create a virtual world that delivers extraordinary insights and an efficient way to manage new technologies and fluctuating demand.

Automotive Powertrain Demonstration

This automotive powertrain demo shows the collaboration between Rockwell Automation and FANUC in action.

3V Automation Journeys to Digital Transformation

To position automakers for greater success, 3V Automation worked with Rockwell Automation to implement the latest digital technologies for smart machines and equipment.

9 Reasons Why Automation is the Future

Many automakers have already transformed their operations into connected, data-driven plants, granting them the ability to meet consumer and market trends in real time.

How Automotive Manufacturers Can Stay Current

Current powertrain and drivetrains manufacturing systems can be unreliable. Meet consumer and market trends in real time with a flexible strategy that grows/adapts to your changing needs.

Smart Manufacturing Benefits EV Production

A smart-manufacturing strategy can help overcome production challenges and produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly.

Get Ahead of Failures with Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics dashboards provide insight into potential issues before they happen, so you can prevent machine or equipment failures and avoid downtime.

MES Rises as Automakers Embrace Flexibility

A host of software tools, including MES, support greater flexibility. These tools provide real-time data for analysis, and help to make the production line’s flexibility possible.

The Speed to Succeed: MES Automotive Operations

Learn how MES software can help you keep pace with an increasingly complex and fast-moving automotive industry, and better align your complex manufacturing operations to market needs.

Automotive Company Improves Production

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) requires rethinking how things like automobiles are made. This Korean company upgraded its control system to realize substantial benefits.

How to Future-Proof Your Powertrain Production

Flexible and scalable drivetrain or powertrain production operations can help you keep up with consumer demand and adapt to technology changes.

Electric Vehicle Innovation Center

Join us at our new Electric Vehicle Innovation Center to learn how you can design an accelerated production strategy and build smart, flexible operations.


Battery makers need a long-term automation strategy now if they’re going to keep up with the unprecedented growth of the electric vehicle market.

Making Electric Vehicles in the Age of IIoT

Learn how smart manufacturing strategies can help you produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly, affordably and with minimal risk.

June 2019 Full Issue

Download the full PDF of the June 2019 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

Automotive and Tire Manufacturing

Operate more efficiently and get to market faster using concepts like Industry 4.0 Automotive.

How a Steel Producer Improved Yield by 3%

Railway track accessories company improved uptime and processes by using manufacturing intelligence software to eliminate manual data handling.

Improve Electric Vehicle Production Processes

See how we can help electric car manufacturers accelerate production in this highly competitive market.

Optimize EV and Battery Manufacturing

Bring your electric vehicle and battery production to the next level. Download today to learn how!

One Smart Conveyor. Boundless Possibilities.

Based on independent cart technology, new KUKA system solves assembly buffering challenges – and features extraordinary flexibility.

KS PULSE Keeps It Simple in Latest Release

Faster, easier integration is now possible in this revolutionary approach to auto body assembly based on independent cart technology.

Sinhyung Reduces Commissioning Time

Sinhyung Engineering selected a single controls supplier to help meet the changing demands of its end users and create flexible, scalable machines.

OEM Launches First-of-a-kind Machine

Hirata developed a machine for the electric vehicle market that can help mass produce batteries.

Guangzhou Achieves Operational Excellence

Learn how a comprehensive and integrated approach helped Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor Co., LTD to achieve operational excellence when they deployed our FactoryTalk AutoSuite MES.

MES Rises as Automakers Embrace Flexibility

Manufacturing execution system tools provide real-time data for analysis, and also help to make the production lines more flexible.

Software Solutions for Automotive Manufacturers

Learn how our FactoryTalk AutoSuite MES enables you to integrate control and business systems across your enterprise. You can turn production data into actionable information.

The Speed to Succeed

Learn how our FactoryTalk® AutoSuite™ MES software can help you keep pace with an increasingly complex and fast-moving automotive industry.

Are Your Operations Ready?

Electric car manufacturers that want to stay competitive must commit to data-driven manufacturing in a highly flexible and connected environment.

Digitalized Gigafactories Meet EV Battery Demand

The next seismic change in autos is in AFVs. Find out how to use real-time information and analytics to keep up with demand for millions of new EV batteries annually.

Automation Fair Puts Future in Your Hands

See for yourself the digital technologies, converged networks and other smart technologies driving industrial automation trends.

Control System Drives New Polymer Plant

Learn how Mitsubishi Chemical sped up its polymer production site deployment for automotive airbags and used remote access to reduce start-up challenges.

Mitigating Risk – Without Applying the Brakes

EV manufacturers are under pressure to expedite their launch schedules. Global program management paves the way for a successful EV launch – and smart manufacturing.

As Time Advances, So Will Your Operations

Take a look into the future to see how current control, analytics and safety technologies will reshape industries in the coming decades.

A New Driving Force: Automotive “Electric Dreams”

Market drivers and new technology are accelerating electric vehicle demand. To keep up, carmakers must adopt a more connected, data-intensive approach.

Collaborative Applications: What You Need to Know

The way people and machinery interact in automotive plants is fundamentally changing. Collaborative technology makes functional safety more critical than ever.

Maximum Transparency Across All Levels

FactoryTalk® ProductionCentre and FactoryTalk® Analytics™ make transparent in real-time, what goes wrong behind the scenes.

4 Key Areas to Improve Risk Management Efforts

Reduce the likelihood of hazards in automotive operations by focusing on the areas where those risks originate: safety, quality, obsolescence and security.

Get Smarter Automotive Manufacturing Faster

Scalable analytics closes the loop between big data and the plant floor to speed the impact of smart devices.

Greenfield Observations for Industry Leaders

Greenfield industrial projects in the age of IIoT require new, flexible and productive plant solutions.

Master the Balancing Act of Powertrain Assembly

A more distributed control architecture plus new design and configuration tools speed line load balancing in powertrain assembly – and enable more flexible manufacturing.

Webinar: Thermal Control for Critical Operations

Learn how to control temperature-critical processes, such as metals, automotive and glass, including how a pyrometer works and the basics of good temperature measurement and emissivity.

Automotive Machine Builders: Deliver Smart Value

Thanks to enabling technologies, automotive machine builders can deliver more value than ever before. Two smart questions are key to success.

Master Production with Independent Cart Technology

KUKA evaluated the standard automation systems used in auto manufacturing facilities and saw an opportunity to create a system that would be flexible, efficient and cost effective.

Why Independent Cart Conveying is One Smart Move

Independent cart technology enables high performance and flexibility in critical automotive transfer systems.

Tier Suppliers: It’s Time to Rethink Track & Trace

Now tier suppliers can address automotive traceability requirements – and other manufacturing challenges – with scalable, cost-effective software applications.

Tata Motors Migrates to New MES

Indian automaker standardizes enterprisewide communication and connects plant floor to enterprise, opening door to production and efficiency gains.

How Auto Company Optimizes Integrated Architecture

Learn how an OEM provides efficient, flexible equipment for users’ tire-rubber mixing processes.

One Smart Decision Tire OEMS Can Make Now

Learn how tire OEMs can deliver smarter, smaller and more efficient machinery faster than ever before with an On-Machine control solution.

EV Producers Need the Right Automation Supplier

With electric vehicle production gaining momentum, startups have flooded the market. Choosing the right supplier is critical to their success.

Keeping the Parts Moving at Ford Plant in Cologne

Rockwell Automation and a SI have helped Ford in Cologne with the relocation and recommissioning of a conveyor-driven storage area from an older site into a live production environment.

PHA Czech Deploys New Door Module Assembly Line

Global Solutions team tasked by PHA Czech s.r.o. with the development of a complete control solution for a turnkey door module assembly line and end-of-line test stations.

Andon Solution Delivers Better Decision Making

Toyota appraised a number of technologies for its new digital Andon system and approached Rockwell Automation for a new solution based on more up-to-date and open technologies.

Manufacturing Velocity: Keep Pace with Demand

Faster launches. Frequent refreshes. Increased change options. Getting vehicles to market faster and more profitably is critical.

Capture NEW Savings in the Paint Shop

New paint processes are more efficient than ever. But automakers can uncover even more savings with an innovative approach to paint rectifiers.

Embracing the Future of Collaborative Robots

Collaborative robot technology is evolving at a rapid pace, but this raises questions about worker safety and compliance implications.

A New Way to Protect Your Network

A modern security approach can better protect industrial control systems and other critical assets from potential attackers.

What's New in Industrial Access Control?

Modernizing and layering your employee badges can be an effective way to help protect production processes, data and assets from physical and cybersecurity threats.

Shift Into High Gear with MES

The largest automotive suppliers have transitioned to modular offerings encompassing everything from complete cockpit assemblies and seating systems to powertrains.

Manufacturing Intelligence Helps Reduce Scrap

An automotive glass company implemented manufacturing intelligence software from Rockwell Automation in a new facility and reduced scrap by 30 percent.

Eagle Technologies Speeds Products to Market

Modular standards and a single platform help optimize design and development of custom automated assembly systems for many industries.

MES Helps Automakers Boost Flexibility, Quality

MES software can help automakers manage complexity, improve responsiveness and maintain quality as part of the move to flexible manufacturing.

You Really Can Use Mobile Devices in the Plant

Anyone with a smartphone or tablet now can connect securely in an industrial setting to access performance metrics and data analytics.

Digital Manufacturing Drives Innovation at Daimler

Innovative manufacturers are realizing the value of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) by mapping out use cases that translate to immediate business value and outcomes.

Proactively Manage Auto Plant Equipment Life

Automotive manufacturers can mitigate risk - and reduce upfront costs - with a systematic, incremental approach to automation equipment migration.

VIDEO: New Arc-Resistant AC Drive

See the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 7000 AC drive system with ArcShield technology that is the first arc-resistant medium voltage drive with full regeneration capabilities.

VIDEO: Electrical Safety Tasks Outside the Cabinet

See how safety best practices are combined into multiple products to mitigate risk to make it easier for workers to perform maintenance and other daily tasks.

Build Your Future Workforce

Workforce changes require a multifaceted approach that includes machine design, training and recruitment strategy to meet safety needs of both newer and experienced workers.

How an Auto Parts Manufacturer Cut Cycle Times

Using control loop monitoring software, a major lug nut producer slashed its lengthy heat-treatment batch process cycle time by 9.3% to improve production output.

Select the Right Safety Logic System

Choosing the correct system for your application can help optimize safety, enhance productivity and reduce costs.

Partners Help with Machinery Safety Applications

Users want firms like Rockwell Automation to be their machine safety consultant. Rockwell Automation looks to its Solution Partners to provide engineering and installation services.

February 2016 Full Issue

Download the full PDF of the February 2016 issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

Is Your Tire Plant Steam System Smart Enough?

Thanks to The Connected Enterprise, steam systems can be more intelligent than ever - and generate new levels of efficiency, sustainability and cost savings.

2015 Network Design & Security Ebook

This free resource is designed to help users achieve efficient, secure hard-wired and wireless industrial network design.

Webinar: Lifecycle Extension & Migrations

Learn how effective management of automation obsolescence risk can be accomplished without sacrificing profitability, quality or production rates.

Can You Predict Your Motor's Life?

Proper motor protection and a condition monitoring solution can help you determine how and when a motor might fail so you can pre-empt the problem.

Free Ebook: Report on Electrical Systems

The new 2015 “Special Report on Electrical Systems” Ebook is now available for free download at

How Modern LOTO Procedures Increase Efficiency

Learn the five components needed for an effective lockout/tagout program, and the common traits for improving productivity in any industry.

Why Are Drives Easier to Apply Than Soft Starters?

Consider torque requirements, speed control and power distribution when deciding between a soft starter or an AC drive for an application.

Rising to the Challenge of Lightweight Vehicles

A flexible manufacturing environment allows carmakers to meet new material demands - and deliver vehicles with features consumers want at a price they can afford.

3 Ways OEMs Help Boost Your Network Security

Using secure remote access and being proactive about protecting networks and machines can help protect critical data from cyber threats.

The Basics of Remote Alarm Notification

Learn how modern remote alarm notification technology can integrate with existing controls, minimize “alarm fatigue,” and meet the needs of mobile plant workers.

Converge Your IT and OT

Combining efforts of information and operations technology staff can help better support plant performance and requires unique collaboration.

Why Secure Remote Access is Important

With proper security procedures and architectural systems in place, OEMs can deliver more value to end users and reduce concerns about cybersecurity hacks.

Tips for Making the Most of Asset Intelligence

Integrating maintenance and operations in real time can create a universally integrated IT infrastructure designed to drive superior asset performance.

Unique Program Creates In-House Experts

Manufacturing giant gains customized, ongoing training program for electricians in plants around the world.

Get Your Automotive Plant Workforce Ready

Whether commissioning a new production facility, adding capacity or launching a new vehicle, workforce readiness is critical to automotive productivity and flexibility.

Accelerate Production with AutoSuite

Manufacturing Execution System software solutions for automotive manufacturers.

Machine Safety Alternative to Complete Shutdown

Follow the Machinery Safety Lifecycle to design integrated machine safety solutions that help protect employees, reduce costs, comply with regulations and improve productivity.

Reengineer LOTO

Modern technology offers new ways to stay productive while maintaining lockout/tagout compliance - even if you sometimes need to work on partially-live equipment.

How Membranes Can Help Dry Compressed Air

Non-electric technology for drying compressed air in electrical cabinets eliminates sparking risk in hazardous environments.

Tips and Tools for Energy Savings

Engineers and electricians can use this information to log and reduce equipment energy consumption, and then quantify the savings to justify improvements to managers.

The Real Promise of the Connected Car

Connected Cars represent an unprecedented opportunity for automakers to not only satisfy consumer demand - but also to speed the optimization of their manufacturing process.

Webinar: Introduction to Virtualization

Server virtualization architecture and hardware; how virtualization benefits manufacturers; and guidelines for increasing system availability.

How MES Can Optimize Automotive Manufacturing

For automakers, mitigating recall risk is essential. But getting the “little things” right is equally important for brand equity – and profitability.

Manufacturing Optimization

A focus on workforce, process, equipment, and safety and improve productivity.

4 Steps to Secure the Physical Layer

Protect your industrial network from internal threats by limiting access to physical devices such as USB ports and cables.

Dual Imperative: Fuel Economy + Consumer Demand

Lower gas prices may alter consumer appetites for fuel efficient cars. But automakers must stay on the fast-track to meet mandates.