Un­lock­ing the value of dig­i­tal man­u­fac­tur­ing

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The re­cent Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion TechED event in Auck­land was well at­tended and re­vealed the lat­est tech­nolo­gies for high per­for­mance man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­duc­tion, re­ports the com­pany. With a strong fo­cus on New Zealand’s food and bev­er­age, wa­ter/wastew­a­ter and OEM in­dus­tries, the event brought to­gether in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als in­clud­ing end users, sys­tem in­te­gra­tors, distrib­u­tors, part­ners and ma­chine builders.

“Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion TechED is all about mak­ing a con­nec­tion; to peo­ple, to new ideas, to in­spi­ra­tion. The in­no­va­tive minds here are ad­vanc­ing in­dus­trial au­to­ma­tion and solv­ing busi­ness chal­lenges in new ways,” said Laura Her­nan­dez, com­mer­cial mar­ket­ing man­ager, Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion.

“TechED had a strong fo­cus on help­ing cus­tomers im­ple­ment The Con­nected En­ter­prise in their or­gan­i­sa­tions. The event re­vealed tech­niques and tech­nolo­gies to iden­tify where in­for­ma­tion is lo­cated, how to con­nect it se­curely, and how to anal­yse and present it where it’s needed. At­ten­dees were also able to ex­plore the net­works, ar­chi­tec­tures, in­tel­li­gence and power de­vices to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency.”

The first key­note of the event was delivered by John Gen­ovesi, vice pres­i­dent, In­for­ma­tion So­lu­tions & Process Busi­ness, Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion and re­vealed how man­u­fac­tur­ers can un­lock the value of dig­i­tal man­u­fac­tur­ing – a key fo­cus of the event.

Dig­i­tal man­u­fac­tur­ing is made pos­si­ble through the use of new tech­nolo­gies, from an­a­lyt­ics and mo­bil­ity to col­lab­o­ra­tive ma­chines. These tech­nolo­gies com­mu­ni­cate with each other and adapt to in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal con­di­tions to cre­ate flex­i­ble, ef­fi­cient, re­spon­sive and se­cure op­er­a­tions.

With a va­ri­ety of train­ing set­tings, in­clud­ing hands- on labs, tech­ni­cal ses­sions and dis­cus­sion fo­rums, Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion TechED pro­vided the ul­ti­mate venue for at­ten­dees to learn about the lat­est tech­niques and tech­nolo­gies to max­imise their man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­duc­tion op­er­a­tions.

Tom Fisher, IoT Soft­ware manag­ing di­rec­tor at Cisco, delivered an in­for­ma­tive key­note pre­sen­ta­tion high­light­ing the trends in In­dus­trial IoT and the power of har­ness­ing mean­ing­ful data. In his pre­sen­ta­tion, Fisher dis­cussed the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that IoT presents to in­dus­trial en­vi­ron­ments.

As a Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion Strate­gic Al­liance Part­ner, Cisco col­lab­o­rates with Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion to bridge the gap be­tween plant­floor and en­ter­prise with a com­mon net­work in­fra­struc­ture through train­ing, net­work de­sign, and prod­ucts.

New Zealand TechED had a strong OEM fo­cus, with a net­work­ing ex­ec­u­tive event on the sec­ond day of the pro­gram specif­i­cally for OEMs. “This fo­rum pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for OEM’s and a ma­jor dairy end user to net­work and dis­cuss their spe­cific chal­lenges. There was a key fo­cus on smart ma­chine and ma­chine an­a­lyt­ics and how Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies can be lever­aged to help cus­tomers on their jour­ney to a Con­nected En­ter­prise and new ser­vice mod­els to help OEM’s be more suc­cess­ful within their own busi­nesses,” said Prasad Nory, In­dus­try man­ager & OEM lead, Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion.

Smart man­u­fac­tur­ing is driv­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­dusers to op­ti­mise their pro­duc­tion and sup­ply chain. Ma­chine builders can help their cus­tomers meet these ob­jec­tives by de­liv­er­ing smart ma­chines and equip­ment that eas­ily in­te­grates into fa­cil­i­ties, pro­vide ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and en­ables ag­ile re­ac­tion to chang­ing mar­ket de­mands, states RA.

With more than 50 ses­sions on of­fer, at­ten­dees were able to ex­pe­ri­ence the lat­est trends and tech­nolo­gies in the ar­eas of scal­able in­dus­trial an­a­lyt­ics, op­er­a­tional data in­fra­struc­ture and man­age­ment, dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, re­mote ac­cess and mon­i­tor­ing, and con­nected ser­vices and so­lu­tions. A new prod­uct roadmap ses­sion brought all these tech­nolo­gies to­gether while high­light­ing the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and fu­ture di­rec­tions for prod­ucts in Logix, soft­ware and power con­trol.

“This year’s event also fea­tured an in­au­gu­ral stream fo­cused on power and mo­tor con­trol which was very well re­ceived by at­ten­dees,” added Nory. “The lat­est mo­tor con­trol de­vel­op­ments in in­tel­li­gence, in­for­ma­tion and op­er­a­tional tech­nolo­gies were pre­sented and new prod­ucts in­clud­ing the new low har­monic Pow­erFlex drives were demon­strated.”

The lat­est tech­niques and tech­nolo­gies from Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion Au­tho­rised Dis­trib­u­tor, NHP Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing Prod­ucts, to­gether with Part­nerNet­work com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Cisco, Pan­duit, En­dress + Hauser and EPLAN were also show­cased at the event.

“TechED brought to­gether the best in the in­dus­try and pro­vided the per­fect venue for shar­ing ideas, prov­ing con­cepts and learn­ing new strate­gies. We would like to thank all our cus­tomers who in­vested the time to at­tend the event and for mak­ing it such a suc­cess,” said Her­nan­dez.

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