In this final wrap-up, preview the Rockwell Automation App Platform.
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Rockwell Automation TechED 2016 is one for the history books! In this final wrap-up, preview the Rockwell Automation App Platform (and find out how to sign up for a test drive) and explore changing attitudes toward digital transformation and the IIoT. Plus, Post Cereals goes virtual and Andersen builds a window into extruder operations. Finally, mark your calendars for June 11-16, 2017, when TechED returns to Orlando and the Rosen Shingle Creek!

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App Platform aims to ‘drive the 33s’

Rockwell Automation previewed its new, forward-looking App Platform for mobility at this week’s TechED conference in Orlando. While focused first on redefining smartphone use on the plant floor – with the aim of making individual workers more productive – this developing platform ultimately is intended to connect all pillars of the company’s Connected Enterprise vision. 



Evolving technology changes attitudes about safety 

In an industry where computer systems often comprise poorly matched elements that don’t work smoothly, Chris Brogli, global business development manager for Rockwell Automation, discusses his company’s machinery Safety Life Cycle, which he says mitigates this issue by presenting a systematic approach to implementing and maintaining machine safety. 



Mine the gold in
Big Data

Is the IIoT just the latest Y2K, or is there real business value? Analysis by LNS Research shows potential for great returns on investment, but it takes commitment. “It’s starting to happen, but there’s still a lot of room for early adopters to gain competitive advantage, providing they’re willing to buy in and get started,” said Matt Littlefield, president and principal analyst, LNS Research.  

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VIDEO: World’s Top Chocolate Maker Increases Productivity

day_3_video_screen_capture.pngBarry Callebaut, a leader in chocolate production, needed to identify the source of expensive raw material losses at a California plant. The company used FactoryTalk Metrics software to track OEE and provide an ingredient-tracking dashboard, which is accessible via mobile device, to notify operators of product losses as they occurred. The facility turned material losses into a net gain. Watch it now »


A window into extruder operations

Andersen, North America’s largest maker of windows and doors, integrated an ERP system into its latest extrusion facility, which streamlines production reports, overall equipment effectiveness, quality, speed, schedule attainment, material used and material wasted. “The system provides the company with a foundation it can apply to all its new plants,” said John Wendt, Andersen's manufacturing systems architect.



Ease the transition to virtualization 

Manufacturers are seeing measurable benefits that a virtual infrastructure can bring to their production environment. Rockwell Automation’s Chris Di Biase explained how up-front planning and bundled solutions can facilitate the transition to a virtualized production environment. The introduction doesn't have to be a "headache-inducing affair implemented by dedicated IT resources and expertise," he said. 



Simply virtualized HMI solution

Post Consumer Brands, one of the largest producers of ready-to-eat cereal, struggled to maintain uncoordinated and obsolete HMI platforms. Key to the project's success was the use of modern, high-performance HMI architecture leveraging the power of virtualization, thin clients and FactoryTalk View SE, according to Bill Menser, PCB electrical engineering lead.


Partner Spotlight: Process Solution Providers

June_15_-_Partner_Spotlight.jpgConverging production disciplines and integrating plantwide architectures utilizing the PlantPAx modern distributed control system will help you better address fluctuating process market challenges. Rockwell Automation Process Solution Partners help drive innovation and deliver the highest level of commitment to Rockwell Automation technologies and solutions that complement and extend ours. Learn more »

Inside Teched

IN02 - Decision Making Information from Your Mobile Device with Today's Rockwell Software »

NS14 - Deploy Secure Network Architectures for The Connected Enterprise »

NS15 - New Security Features to Reduce Risk in your Industrial Control System »

PR17 – Using Software Models in Production for Predictive Quality Improvement »

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