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Services and support from Rockwell...one stop shopping?

Rockwell certainly hopes so. In fact, Rockwell is betting a whole lot of money and some very good people on the idea. They've taken notice of the fact, well and often covered in CONTROL, that there aren't the number of experienced automation hands in process and discrete manufacturing facilities that...

More Rockwell...

Rockwell has a series of key messages that flow from their branding strategy. One of the most important, and impressive is the following realization: "Our customers turn information into knowledge" so it is up to Rockwell to provide the tools to make all the different automation technologies work together, providing...

Listen. Think. Solve. Why Rockwell's rebranding will work...

Back in the bad old days in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Rockwell Automation was struggling with either being Rockwell International or being Allen-Bradley, et al., it was very hard to figure out what Rockwell Automation's brand was.

Rockwell fixes brand negatives, launches new image program

Friday, several Putman editors were treated to a daylong briefing in the Clock Tower in Milwaukee. Much of this week, I will be reporting here on the things we learned, and the questions we asked. Brands are funny things.

More top down view of process...how the enterprise looks at us

It is indeed fascinating to be standing on the other side of the DMZ between the plant and the enterprise and look over the wall at the plant. Once again, TEC (http://www.technologyevaluation.com/Research/ResearchHighlights/ERP/2005/09/research_notes/prn_TU_ER_XJS_09_03_05_1.asp) has published a great article that describes how the enterprise looks at us, and what they are thinking.

What Makes Process Process?

Olin Thompson is sometimes called the "Father of Process ERP." He is a principal of Process ERP Partners, http://www.processerp.com, and is somebody who, in my opinion, has his head screwed on properly. He recently wrote an article for Technology Evaluation Center (http://www.technologyevaluation.com) called "What Makes Process Process?" I've said before...

Supply Chain Issues from Katrina

Joel Leonard (http://www.mpactlearning.com) emailed the following to Paul Studebaker, editor of Plant Services, today: "Just got off of the phone with Bright Plastics- Discovered 95% of all polyethylene and styrene production off line for now. That will have enormous supply chain issues on cost and availability for the plastic injection...

Virtual Reality brings realism to training: VRTrain

Last week, an interesting company made an editor briefing to us. The company was Product Animations (http://www.productanimations.com) and they produce virtual reality training for the pharmaceutical and process industries. First, I have to tell you that their product is expensive.

Kipling on the Katrina Cleanup...

Well, not really. But we have here the division that disaster often brings out, and is evident every day in the workplaces of the process industries, between the "people who get things done" and the rest. A blogpundit whose blog is called "eject!eject!eject!" calls them the "Grey Tribe." http://www.ejectejecteject.com/archives/000129.html.

More New Orleans followup...

The refineries and chemical plants have started warming up and should reach capacity again within the next 4-6 weeks. Many of the major employers in the region have done the smart thing: Valero bought 50 mobile homes and is promising their people company-funded disaster relief...