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          Rockwell Automation Blog

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          Don’t Work Your Data. Make Your Data Work for You.

          June 22, 2020

          Smarter, simplified data management brings food and beverage companies deeper analytics and faster insights.

          How One Machine Builder Cut Delivery Time 50%

          June 17, 2020

          Lanco’s customer needed a COVID-19 test strip machine – fast. Success tested people, processes and perseverance – and proved how important it is to be flexible.

          Virtual Training: Learning Without Limitations

          June 15, 2020

          Learn how you can reduce risk and improve worker competency by providing operator training in a safe, virtual environment.

          Pivot Production With Flexible Manufacturing

          June 3, 2020

          OEM Foodmach is relying on flexible manufacturing to help Australia’s only surgical mask producer increase production to meet surging demands.

          Respond to Change and Stay Agile with Digital

          May 25, 2020

          Asset and Plant Optimization: Digital Technology helps you respond to change while staying agile and productive.

          Four Ways New DCS Technology Makes Life Simpler

          May 22, 2020

          The latest release of PlantPAx DCS leverages cutting-edge processing power – and a better design experience – to drive lifecycle productivity.

          The Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis on Production

          May 20, 2020

          The current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic shows the importance of automation when it comes to maintaining a functioning society in critical situations.

          Simulation Software Can Improve Patient Care

          May 20, 2020

          Event simulation models can imitate almost any process. And right now, Arena simulations are helping major medical facilities make good choices for great care.

          Three OEM Business Benefits of a Digital Twin

          May 15, 2020

          Learn how a digital twin can unleash better ways to work for both you and your customers.

          Rethink What’s Possible With Your HMI

          May 13, 2020

          A modern HMI does more than display production information. It can also improve how workers do their jobs, create more consistent working environments and more.

          Unified Machine Design Enables the Next Normal

          May 8, 2020

          Reimagining machine design & digitalization for infinite flexibility helps take unpredictable demand out of the equation – turning built-to-purpose into flex-to-purpose.

          CIP Security: Strengthen Defense In Depth Strategy

          May 6, 2020

          Advancing in cybersecurity means adding more in a defense in depth strategy. CIP Security? can help by securing communications between PLCs and devices.

          In Trying Times Rules Relax, Cybersecurity Cannot

          May 4, 2020

          While using technology during the current global crises makes sense, one area where we can’t relax is cybersecurity.

          Adapting Manufacturing for COVID-19

          May 1, 2020

          Adapting to the demands that COVID-19 is placing on manufacturers can be challenging. Independent cart technology can help make manufacturing more flexible.

          Accelerating Vaccine Development with AI

          April 24, 2020

          How AI and advanced data analysis strategies can help in the development and distribution of vaccines and other medical breakthroughs.

          Modular Manufacturing Processes: Adapt to Change

          April 24, 2020

          In times of change, from COVID-19 to recipe updates, manufacturers can rely on modular automation to provide simple steps toward production flexibility.

          Improve Mine Safety with Mixed-Reality Technology

          April 22, 2020

          AR and VR technologies enable workers to virtually diagnose equipment issues and reduce exposure to hazards.

          Global Beverage Giant Selects PlantPAx Modern DCS

          April 13, 2020

          This beverage giant’s migration to a modern DCS improved quality and throughput. Learn how they removed a bottleneck and cleared the way for more product with less equipment.

          Pipelines: Get the Best Savings With the Right VFD

          April 13, 2020

          A VFD with features like synchronization can help pipeline pump stations run more efficiently for big savings.

          Avoid Costly Surprises With Virtual Commissioning

          April 10, 2020

          With a digital twin of your machine, you can do controls testing before you physically build a machine to avoid last-minute changes.

          Is Your Single-Use Equipment Flexible Enough?

          April 8, 2020

          Thanks to nimble automation platforms, biopharma OEMs can now deliver single-use technology (SUT) that starts smart and small – and scales up fast.

          Responding to the Challenges of Coronavirus

          April 7, 2020

          Amid the global pandemic, manufacturers are showing how digital transformation can facilitate swift action.

          React to Production Issues Faster With HMI

          April 3, 2020

          Learn how modern HMI software can help production personnel more quickly see and respond to alarms.

          Scaling Tire Production with Digital Technologies

          April 3, 2020

          Better compete on cost and address your top challenges in production with three digital solutions.

          The Connected Mine: A Strategy for Success

          March 30, 2020

          See digital initiatives through to the end in your mines with six simple but powerful steps.

          Why Cybersecurity Must be Part of Your Safety Plan

          March 25, 2020

          A cyberattack on your industrial control system can cause damage. With a good security approach, you can expand what’s possible in your operations while also helping protect it.

          Augmented Reality for Manufacturing Tech Support

          March 23, 2020

          The Live View Remote Assistance Tool uses augmented reality technology to provide modern technical support to help reduce downtime in manufacturing.

          Unpacking the OT Patch Management Process

          March 4, 2020

          Smart manufacturing brought us breakthrough productivity, but ICS cybersecurity lagged behind. We take a look at how the food and beverage industry is catching up.

          Workforce Enablement and the New Age of OEM Value

          March 4, 2020

          Equipment and machine builders are rethinking design, machine intelligence and services to address their customer’s workforce challenges.

          Protect Operations with Proactive Threat Hunting

          March 2, 2020

          Industrial security cyber threat detection isn’t enough. Learn how to implement threat hunting to help stop infestations from impacting your manufacturing operations.

          The New Engine Behind Agile EV Powertrain Lines

          February 28, 2020

          Digital twins create a virtual world that delivers extraordinary insights and an efficient way to manage new technologies and fluctuating demand.

          Optimizing Connected Worker Programs

          February 28, 2020

          Get guidelines and best practices based on Rockwell Automation manufacturing experience you can use to effectively implement your Connected Worker program.

          How To Keep Women In The Talent Pipeline

          February 27, 2020

          The broken rung is the reason women get stuck at entry level positions – resulting in fewer women in the talent pipeline for leadership opportunities. It’s time to fix the broken run.

          Six Ways a Modern HMI Can Make You More Productive

          February 19, 2020

          Learn how production personnel can see more, know more and do more when they have access to timely, easy-to-understand information.

          It’s Time to Take a Closer Look at Cyber Hygiene

          February 17, 2020

          Life science companies face unique cybersecurity risks. See how your security posture measures up.

          Why I Celebrate Black History Month

          February 17, 2020

          This month I reflect on the people whose passion and dedication have helped create a corporate culture that allows me to thrive. Meet 3 colleagues who make a difference.

          Ten Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2020

          February 12, 2020

          As we enter 2020, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips to help you meet challenges and see immediate improvements in safety and productivity.

          Smart Objects Ease the Way to Smarter Machines

          February 10, 2020

          It’s coming. A powerful way to streamline the integration of IoT-enabled machines. And make the information they deliver more useful.

          Scale Manufacturing with Disposable Technology

          February 7, 2020

          Hyper-personalised medicine means that manufacturers are producing batches for individual patients. Learn how to stay ahead of the innovation curve in single-use systems.

          5 Tips To Recruit Diverse Talent

          February 3, 2020

          Companies that value a diverse and inclusive workplace often enjoy lower turnover and better results. Here are 5 things you can to do recruit and retain women of color.

          Digital Technology Enables Plant Optimization

          February 3, 2020

          Own your plant's future now: how to build a digital foundation for asset and plant optimization and reduced equipment obsolescence risk.

          Ones and zeroes are driving a tire revolution

          January 27, 2020

          To meet the market demands, tire manufacturers require flexible and scalable operations. The creation of fully digitalised operations is the most effective pathway.

          From Beer to RTD Beverages: Brewing Reimagined

          January 23, 2020

          As beer growth slows, traditional breweries are looking beyond beer to hard seltzer and other spirit blends. And they’re finding the brewing process very accommodating.

          LOTO Annual Audits: What You Need to Know

          January 20, 2020

          Lockout/tagout annual audits are essential for maintaining a compliant program. They allow LOTO programs to be reviewed for gaps and deficiencies.

          It’s 10:00 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

          January 15, 2020

          For life sciences companies, taking a closer look at network segmentation is a critical way to help improve system security and productivity.

          24toCode Solves Real Manufacturing Challenge

          December 18, 2019

          24toCode hackathoners use machine learning, AI and data analytics to solve real manufacturing challenge. Winners offered internships, split prize pool.

          How Do You Make Good Biotech Workers Better?

          December 9, 2019

          New ways augmented reality and other digital technologies can help improve worker productivity, reduce error – and optimize your workflow.

          Secure Remote Access: Protect Your Plant Floor

          December 4, 2019

          Secure remote access policies and procedures can help manufacturers protect against cyber threats and human errors that result in unplanned downtime.

          Before We Talk Pay, Let’s Talk About Opportunity

          December 2, 2019

          Statistics will tell you that women are closing the gender pay gap. But for women of color, the move forward is slower.

          Experience Bold Conversations at Automation Fair

          November 18, 2019

          An interactive space where people tell stories, invite questions and encourage authentic dialog around the challenges of creating a culture that differentiates a company.

          Industrial IoT Initiatives Need the Right Partners

          November 14, 2019

          The right partners can help you more easily deploy digital technologies, solve challenges like data-integration issues and capture more value from digital initiatives.

          LOTO OSHA Compliance: What You Need to Know

          November 11, 2019

          Is your lockout/tagout program compliant with OSHA regulations? LOTO OSHA violations are incredibly common for manufacturers. How to avoid fines and stay in compliance.

          Digital Transformation and Mining Workforce Shifts

          November 8, 2019

          Technology is changing the way mining companies do business and one of the most impacted areas is the workforce. Learn how digital transformation is changing mining roles for the future.

          Add Emulation to your Speed to Market Toolbox

          November 6, 2019

          CPG companies are gaining significant launch-time advantages with emulation technology. Recent advances are making it easier than ever to employ.

          Inclusion and diversity

          November 6, 2019

          Join us at the top of every hour to hear from a variety of thought-leaders on how culture, community outreach, supplier diversity and a focus on talent can impact your business.

          Surviving the Skills Gap

          November 6, 2019

          Solutions like digital workforce productivity simplify workers’ jobs and enhance how they work, making them critical in tackling the manufacturing skills gap.

          Paper Mill Migrates to Modern DCS

          October 30, 2019

          For this paper mill, migrating its batch digester to a modern DCS offered significant improvements in yield, quality and operator efficiency.

          The Benefits of Remote Support for Manufacturers

          October 21, 2019

          Plant managers can’t be everywhere, all the time. But in many ways, they need to be. Remote support can provide valuable expertise and backup whenever it’s needed.

          Smart Manufacturing Benefits EV Production

          October 16, 2019

          A smart-manufacturing strategy can help overcome production challenges and produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly.

          Get Ahead of Failures with Predictive Analytics

          October 11, 2019

          Predictive analytics dashboards provide insight into potential issues before they happen, so you can prevent machine or equipment failures and avoid downtime.

          Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Automation Fair

          October 4, 2019

          We are here to help you make the case for why your boss should let you go to Automation Fair, which, by the way, is November 20-21 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

          Cut Costs and Inefficiencies with the Right MAC

          September 30, 2019

          Reduce integration challenges by embedding an OEM MAC in your gas processing facility projects.

          Wireless Makes the Connected Mine Possible

          September 30, 2019

          With a unified network infrastructure in place, mining operators can implement wireless and reliably connect their people, places and technologies.

          Challenging Machine Builders to Think Differently

          September 20, 2019

          Food and beverage companies can achieve smart manufacturing goals by specifying smart, flexible machine technology. Are you asking the right questions?

          LOTO Training Protects Workers and Manufacturers

          September 18, 2019

          Lockout/tagout training is required by OSHA for authorized employees and affected employees. Learn what should be included and how often it’s needed.

          The Unsung Heroes of Industrial Security

          September 16, 2019

          By uncovering vulnerabilities and helping companies fix them, researchers help prevent what could be major security incidents.

          How to Future-Proof Your Powertrain Production

          September 13, 2019

          Flexible and scalable drivetrain or powertrain production operations can help you keep up with consumer demand and adapt to technology changes.

          Veteran Hiring Fills High-Tech Skills Gap

          September 11, 2019

          While veterans make great employees, moving from military to civilian employment can be tough. One veteran offers advice on creating a smooth transition.

          How Predictive Analytics Improves Efficiency

          September 9, 2019

          Food and beverage companies are finding productivity gains in hidden data. With the help of predictive analytics, they’re using this data to make informed decisions.

          One Smart Path. Extraordinary Machine Flexibility.

          September 9, 2019

          With a unified control platform, OEMs can better leverage the latest advanced technologies and optimize customers’ return on investment.

          Five Ways to Overcome Your Operational Challenges

          September 6, 2019

          The struggle with downtime can feel like a never-ending battle. More manufacturers are turning to third-party providers for OT remote management services.

          Want to Attract Top Talent? Lead With Your Mission

          September 2, 2019

          Manufacturing needs to reshape its image to attract and retain top talent. Candidates are looking at work culture, vision and mission and differentiators.

          Get a Richer Picture of Production Performance

          August 30, 2019

          Companies around the world are already using enterprise operational intelligence solutions to create more competitive operations, and they’re seeing results.

          Impact of Ecommerce on Packaging Equipment Design

          August 28, 2019

          Independent cart technology answers the call for a better way to manage the high-mix, agile packaging needs of our made-to-order world.

          Get Predictive Insights Without a Data Scientist

          August 16, 2019

          Controller-based predictive analytics use AI technology to help you detect production issues before they lead to downtime or scrap.

          OT Patch Management Strategy: 7 Best Practices

          August 14, 2019

          Manufacturers that want to avoid devastating cyberattacks should prioritize proactive OT patch management as part of their cybersecurity strategy.

          When Water Hammer Knocks, You Better Answer

          August 12, 2019

          Learn how to prevent water hammer by “softening” the dynamics of starting and stopping a pump through the use of a soft starter.

          Drive Out Distortion With a Low-Harmonic Drive

          August 9, 2019

          Drives with built-in distortion mitigation help protect process integrity and uptime in water/wastewater operations.

          Digital Twin: Now and For the Future

          August 7, 2019

          Digital twin technologies are transforming the industrial space, elevating how we interact with our environments and offering great potential for the future workforce.

          Invention Versus Innovation: Which One Is Better?

          August 5, 2019

          Are you an inventor or an innovator? 4 indicators that a company supports innovation and creating a culture where your ideas thrive.

          Network Cable Installation: Make It a Priority

          August 2, 2019

          It’s critical to include a standards-based physical network design into your project scope, along with the logical network on the front end to help pave the way to success in the long term.

          Copper Smelter Goes All In on a Modern DCS

          July 31, 2019

          ENAMI needed a modern control system with strong diagnostics, easy maintenance, and data management to support business decisions and operational improvement.

          Reimagine Your Smart Machines with Edge Computing

          July 29, 2019

          Combining a machine’s control and computing hardware into one platform can help OEMs create smarter, more secure and capable machines.

          Reduce Downtime with Performance Dashboards

          July 26, 2019

          The smallest uptime increase can add millions of dollars to a bottom line. Performance dashboards organize OEE data so manufacturers can identify growth opportunities.

          Underemployed Veterans Get Shot at Success

          July 22, 2019

          For unemployed (or underemployed) veterans, a 12-week program can prepare them for highly sought-after high-tech roles.

          Lockout/Tagout Procedures: Do Additions Help?

          July 19, 2019

          When it comes to lockout/tagout procedures, is it helpful or unnecessary to add information to the document? The answer isn’t always simple.

          Virtualization Enables High Availability, Low TCO

          July 17, 2019

          Manufacturers are migrating from physical hardware solutions to a virtualized environment where multiple applications and operating systems can live.

          Are You In Break-Fix Mode With Your Machines?

          July 15, 2019

          Three priorities will help you justify migration: operations, finances and corporate strategy. And there’s another factor to consider: employees.

          Industry 4.0: The Challenges and Risks

          July 15, 2019

          There are many benefits to digital transformation. The challenges include security, testability, data collection, and legislation and standardization.

          Beyond Data Integrity

          July 8, 2019

          Thanks to advances in digital technologies, life sciences companies can now use data more holistically to drive real-time business outcomes.

          Visibility & Segmentation are Security Must-Haves

          July 5, 2019

          To protect industrial devices against security risks, you need two things: a clear view of your network activity and the ability to segment your network into discrete parts.

          Using a VFD With Synchronous Capabilities

          July 3, 2019

          Using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with synchronous bypass and transfer capabilities can yield significant cost savings.

          Bringing Manufacturing Closer to Home

          July 1, 2019

          Technology underpins Industry 4.0 potential, but the most important factor remains the people making it happen.

          Fifty Not Out (and Just Getting Started)

          July 1, 2019

          The relationship between vendor and customers has never been more now as we seek to leverage the opportunity of 4IR technologies.

          People of the Revolution: Do Not Fear Change

          July 1, 2019

          We help people to change and improve things with technology. And we live our brand promise of expanding human possibility.

          The Technology Cycle – Chicken and Egg?

          July 1, 2019

          Ireland's potential will be unlocked by its digital transformation culture and driven by each industry’s specific needs.

          Why Should Miners Embrace IIoT?

          June 26, 2019

          In order to optimize mine performance, miners must first be willing to embrace change. Embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

          AC Drives Give You a Countdown to Downtime

          June 21, 2019

          New AC drives learn how they’re being used and adapt to changes. This allows you to see their predicted life down to the hour to reduce unplanned downtime.

          Let’s Transform the Future

          June 19, 2019

          Engineering is at its best when it is practiced by everyone. That is why STEM education and diversity are so important.

          Reconciling the Two Truths of Automation Systems

          June 17, 2019

          A digital twin can unite your CAD and controls to help you create better industrial automation systems that are delivered on time, on spec and on budget.