Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth
As long as the intelligent and useful decisions get made, it doesn't matter over what physical or intangible avenue their supporting data travels, but they still need some kind of pathway. Fortunately, Rockwell Automation has long cultivated open networking, so it can now offer all the wired and wireless hooks—across in-plant networks and over the cloud—its customers need to realize the Connected Enterprise. Read more »
Water Utilities Can Make Red Tape Pay
The Water/Wastewater Industry Forum, held today in Houston at the Automation Fair presented by Rockwell Automation, kicked off with a presentation of tips for maximizing disaster recovery funding by Jon Hoyle, president, Thompson Consulting Services, LLC. Hoyle has assisted some 250 state and local governments to apply for and administer disaster recovery funds.
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Headlines from November 12, 2013
Rockwell Automation Aims to Connect the Enterprise
"We have thousands of assets with something to say, but are they being heard?" asked Keith Nosbusch, chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation, addressing representatives of the press and analyst community from around the globe at the company's Automation Perspectives event today. Rockwell Automation, now celebrating the 110th anniversary of its Allen-Bradley brand, has 22,000 employees in 80 countries and logged $6.35 billion in sales in its fiscal year 2013.
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Securing the Connected Value Proposition
The proliferation of Internet-enabled devices and the deployment of standard Ethernet across control systems have the potential for delivering tremendous benefits. What Rockwell Automation calls the Connected Enterprise allows substantive collaboration among people, plant-floor systems and enterprise applications. The connections facilitate collaboration to improve overall productivity and sustainability. Read more »
Energy Revolution Leads Engineers to Work Smarter
Global energy supplies and demands are undergoing an unprecedented transformation as yesterday's fears of energy scarcity are replaced with a new era of energy abundance due to innovative practices in the oil and natural gas industry. Instrumentation and control engineers are matching those process innovations with their own refinements of methods for engineering, installing and commissioning systems. Read more »
The Building Blocks of Plant Performance
While field device data, unified networks and effective visualization are powerful enabling technologies, plant optimization is more about the synergistic effects that the combination of the three can bring. That's the collective opinion of three keynote presenters at the Rockwell Automation Process Solutions Users Group meeting this morning in Houston: Todd Lucey, Barry Johnson and Lisa Garrison. Read more »
PlantPAx Tools Simplify Oil Production
In complex, far-flung oil and gas applications, the power of simplicity can't be overestimated. For instance, French oil and gas producer Perenco recently undertook the largest surface redevelopment project of its onshore and offshore production operations in Gabon on the central west coast of Africa, which required it to build new infrastructures, and reorganize and coordinate numerous platforms, control facilities and industrial networks. Read more »
Headlines from November 11, 2013
Rockwell Automation Deepens Process Inroads
When it comes to factory and machine automation, Rockwell Automation is a longtime leader in both market and technology. But when it comes to process solutions—the traditional specialty of DCS suppliers—a fresh perspective and groundbreaking new technology have allowed Rockwell Automation to grow much more quickly than its competitors over the past several years, says John Genovesi.