With attendance up more than 35 percent from last year, Rockwell Automation’s annual technical training forum, AutomationTechED 2006, exemplifies the growing importance of plant-wide information integration in Australia’s manufacturing and process industries.
Held in Melbourne for over four days during August 2006, the series of specialised seminars and hands-on laboratory workshops attracted over 120 Rockwell Automation technology end-users, system integrators and distributors. Every Australian state was represented; participants even journeyed from New Zealand and Singapore.
There was also a high level of interest in new features and developments in the upcoming release of RSLogix 5000 v16 enterprise series software, a single software package solution for sequential, process, drive, and motion control programming. A further barometer of today’s industrial operating climate was the success of sessions that examined solutions and strategies for energy management, using Rockwell Automation’s RSEnergyMetrix solution.
Also on the agenda for presentations and workshops were topics covering Allen-Bradley drives, safety, motion, and integrated control platforms. During laboratory sessions, participants were provided with live on the bench computer systems to configure and operate, ensuring a real-time, hands-on learning experience.