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All eyes on seamless integration

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ROCKWELL Automation Australia ’s Automation on the Move 2006 expo and seminar series, held over a two year period over five states, every two years, concluded its national circuit recently in Brisbane and Perth.

Total attendance figures at both venues were around the 1200 mark.

The event showcased the latest product developments and technology directions from Rockwell Automation and its partners. In addition, there were four streams of learning via technical seminars and tutorial sessions relating to automation, process and information technology.

Technical presentations were also given by referred systems integrators and users.

All pursued a central theme of leveraging technology for best practice using Rockwell Automation’s “Integrated Architecture” platform.

“Customers expect more than just technical excellence in one automation area such as SCADA, controllers or drives,” said Chris Chan, marketing manager, Rockwell Automation Australia. “They’re demanding the total automation package, which means tight integration across and beyond that package.”

Chan added, “The main drive is towards seamless integration across the greater enterprise – the plant floor itself, the ERP platform, computerised maintenance management systems, warehousing, purchasing and even e-business portals.”

Feature displays highlighted intelligent motor control, machine safety and a manufacturing “diorama”, a simulated manufacturing environment demonstrating how Rockwell Software products provide a plant-wide window from factory floor to maintenance department, to control room, right through to the boardroom.

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