The Journey to Enhanced Productivity Requires the Right Tools

The Journey to Productivity Needs the Right Tools

The Journey to Enhanced Productivity Requires the Right Tools

The journey to increasing productivity can be a long one — the road ahead riddled with steep hills, causing even the toughest design engineers to sputter and slow down.

The constant stress of relentless demands for more system productivity will undoubtedly require necessary modifications to be made before reaching new levels.

If you don't have the right design tools to fuel your progress, coupled with the right control system vehicle to get you there, you may get stuck and never reach where you want and need to go.

An integrated systematic design tool can help you on this journey. Integrating more features and functionally into your design environment can help you endure the constant, uphill market demands for increased efficiency and overall productivity for your entire automation system.

Whether running discrete, process, safety or motion applications, an integrated design environment can significantly improve your journey by helping you to reduce your time to market, cost to engineer and overall risk during the design, operate and maintain phases of the system life cycle.

In the past, design was segmented between differing domain experts, such as control, HMI, reporting and asset management systems.

But automation systems of the future are requiring all of these disciplines to work together in a more collaborative environment, and in some instances, are requiring one individual to be the domain expert for all. Our vision has been to meet these evolving needs with an integrated design environment called Studio 5000.

To make that vision a reality, we first asked, “What are the guiding principles we need to follow to create a true integrated design environment that offers maximum value to our customers?”

The following eight tenets became the guiding principles that have provided us the roadmap to help you achieve your productivity goals:

  1. System Organization provides logical and intuitive association of your application to machine/process.
  2. Modular Automation leverages modular components to better break down complex problems into smaller, reusable segments of content.
  3. Library Management delivers workflows to more efficiently manage reusable content.
  4. Actionable Information contextualizes information for the right user at the right time.
  5. System Security and Intellectual Property Management helps protect intellectual property and helps ensure secured system access.
  6. Device Management drives consistent device configuration and maintenance across the entire automation system.
  7. Collaborative Engineering enables seamless collaboration and data exchange for streamlined development.
  8. Virtual Design Engineering focuses on reducing total and late cycle hidden costs with enhancements in emulation and simulation.

Remember, this is a cross-country journey — not just a trip across town.

We know we're not all the way there yet, but we are fueling your progress with the right design tools.

This can make your journey a whole lot smoother and efficient with new integrated features, functions and workflows to keep you well-positioned and in the driver's seat.

Mike Brimmer
Posted April 27, 2015 By Mike Brimmer, Product Manager, Rockwell Automation
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