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SPONSORED BY: Rockwell Automation July 20, 2010 | Edited by Managing Editor: Wes Iversen

Rockwell Automation Strengthens Process Control Offerings >>

Rockwell Automation outlines its strategy for delivering new performance optimization capabilities in six key areas: core process control, design productivity, process networks and field-device integration, asset management, process safety and critical control, and operations productivity

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PlantPAx Critical Control Applications – Integrated but Separate >>

New integration allows process control and process safety systems within the PlantPAx Process Automation System to communicate directly and share important data. This integration helps improve production, minimize troubleshooting time and allow faster recovery from interruptions without compromising safety or security

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“Day in the Life” Demo Now Available Online >>

The popular, multimedia disc of PlantPAx™ Process Automation System case histories, Flash Primers, product literature and commentary from Rockwell Automation experts is now available online. See the detailed demonstrations of the applications ranging from burner management to recipe control

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Getting More Information Out of Your Field Devices >>

For process manufacturers it’s all about repeatability – being able to replicate the same production environment batch after batch, day after day. Especially the ability to report on the specific conditions under which a product was manufactured. Check out Rockwell Automation’s advanced asset management solutions

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Real-time Information Boosts Manufacturing Decision Making

Manufacturers and producers continue to realize gains in productivity, efficiency and profitability by using real-time production data to empower operator and manager decision making.

Consistency of machine parameters is important for turning out quality aluminum extrusion products. Tom Welle, automation coordinator at Alexandria Extrusion Co., in Alexandria, Minn., says operators need live process data—temperature, pressure, speed—in order to maintain that essential consistency. The machine operation entails loading an aluminum billet, heating it and forcing the hot aluminum through a die to produce the desired shape of aluminum extrusion. Giving operators real-time information helps them make a consistently good product.

A few years ago, managers at Alexandria Extrusion evaluated productivity vs. industry averages as compiled by an independent source... Read more

Cloud Computing with SAP: One User’s Experience

Quick implementation and predictable costs were among benefits of using SAP’s new Software-as-a-Service ERP product for a start-up plant in China, says Excel Polymers’ Steven Lubowicz.

Business ByDesign (BBD), the long-delayed, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from SAP AG, is finally ready for prime time. Executives at the Walldorf, Germany-based enterprise software giant announced at SapphireNow, the company’s May 17-19 user conference, that BBD version 2.5 will be released at the end of July as a “volume-ready product.” Aimed for use by small to mid-sized companies, BBD will be delivered over the Web to customers on demand, using a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. Though SAP first announced BBD in late summer 2007 with a stated goal of 10,000 customers for the application by 2010, the company later pulled back on those projections, and BBD since has undergone multiple revisions... Read more

Platform Migration: A Search for Opportunity

Upgrade your automation without uprooting it. Technological progress is great—except when it leaves you behind.

No one likes receiving those letters saying that your controls platform is so obsolete that its manufacturer will no longer be supporting it. When those letters arrive, it forces companies to ask, “What should we do about it? How do we migrate to a more up-to-date platform without ripping out wires and installing all new equipment?”

The answer is to seek an automation vendor that advocates a migration strategy that matches your needs. In the case of a producer of petrochemicals, the right strategy was one that guaranteed continuity of operations... Read more

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Mintchell Report - Software Event Coverage

Gary Mintchell, Editor in Chief, attended the RSTechEd event in Los Angeles, June 6-11, and provides a recap on these topics: Manufacturing Intelligence, Energy, Rockwell Software organization, and more. For more reports, visit our video library.


SmartSignal Summit 2010
This year's conference theme focuses on how energy producers reduce risk in operations, optimize scarce resources, and integrate predictive technology into their organizations.
Chicago, IL. September 7-9, 2010

GridWise Global Forum
This inaugural international gathering of policy and corporate leaders, technology innovators, regulators, consumer and environmental advocates promises to deliver smart grid information.
Washington D.C. September 21-23, 2010

Assembly & Automation Tech Expo
See leading assembly & automation suppliers showcase the newest products & technologies for lean manufacturing, cost reduction, enhanced productivity, and six-sigma process control.
Rosemont, IL. September 28-30, 2010

COMSOL Conference
The 6th annual COMSOL Conference will gather engineers from a broad spectrum of industries to see the state-of-the-art in multiphysics simulation.
Boston, MA. October 7-9, 2010

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