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Smart Manufacturing Will Rise to Global Challenges
"The coming decade will be the first in 200 years when emerging-market countries contribute more growth than the developed ones," began Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell Automation's chairman and CEO, in his annual address to the trade media in preparation for the company's Automation Fair event later this week in Philadelphia. The emergence of these massive, new middle-class consumer markets is creating significant new demands.
PlantPAx Users Reaping Virtualization Benefits
Virtualization is very real for users of Rockwell Automation's PlantPAx process automation systems. And at this week's Process Solutions User Group (PSUG) meeting in Philadelphia, attendees could choose from half a dozen success stories—in applications ranging from pharmaceuticals to power generation—to hear how their peers have used virtualization to reduce systems costs and maintenance efforts.
Making a Business Case for Safety
Safety managers might run into difficulty if they go to capital expenditures with a plan for "risk avoidance." Make that a "productivity" plan instead, and the dollars will come flowing in. But what those cost managers might not realize is that there's a direct link between safety and total cost of risk, according to Cal Beyer, vice president and head of manufacturing for Zurich North America Commercial.
Users Weigh Risks in Migration Decision
Operational risks array themselves every day against process manufacturers and other industrial facilities. Capital budgets and personnel are stretched tight, yet companies strive to push productivity, efficiency and asset utilization rates to ever high levels—even as they ensure safety and compliance with fast-changing regulatory requirements. Automation has helped make it all possible in the first place. But there comes a time in every control system's life when it becomes part of the problem.
PlantPAx Roadmap Responding to User Needs
By definition, the typical user-group roadmap presentation is a forward look into planned product developments. But Ben Mansfield, PlantPAx marketing manager for Rockwell Automation, first offered attendees at this week's Process Solutions User Group (PSUG) meeting in Philadelphia a look back at promises made one year ago in Chicago.
Collaboration Key to Global Standards Harmonization
The overall goal of safety standards organizations across the globe is to harmonize national standards toward more global unity. A Tuesday presentation entitled "The Future of Global Machine Safety Standards and How ANSI and IFA Collaborate," at this week's Rockwell Automation Safety Automation Forum outlined how organizations, such as ANSI and Germany's Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance, better known in the United States as IFA, the creators of the SISTEMA safety integrity software tool for machinery, work to achieve common goals.