The annual Rockwell Automation Software Technical Education (RSTechED) conference, recently held in Melbourne had participation from more than 150 end-users, system integrators, partners and OEMs.
According to Dean Tresidder, Solutions Architect, Rockwell Automation, the lab sessions were an opportunity to provide hands-on product demonstrations, allowing customers to use the technology and see what it can do for them within their specific applications.
Companies are making greater investments in software technology to increase productivity, reduce operating costs and improve quality. As demands on resources, infrastructure and manufacturing continue to increase, so does the need for innovative solutions to deliver improved productivity.
Innovation was a key theme in this year’s event as Rockwell Automation continues to release and integrate more products to meet customers’ changing requirements.
Scott Miller, Business Manager, Visualization Software at Rockwell Automation explains that the need for increased productivity is driving the quest for innovation, adding that Rockwell’s products provide a platform for their customers to integrate their specific components and deliver their own innovative solution to their individual applications.
According to Miller, a key challenge facing industry today is the proliferation of data sources and devices, which requires technology to combine a variety of data sources and present them in a cohesive fashion instead of creating the user experience for a single product, or a single data source.
Visualisation technology is moving towards integrating HMI software functionalities to controllers. The latest version of FactoryTalk View provides the scalability and usability to meet customer requirements together with a common look, feel, and navigation to help speed HMI application development and training time.
Future directions for visualisation technology are to integrate HMI with not only the controller but also with production and enterprise information to provide the ultimate platform for manufacturing intelligence for business applications.
Companies around the globe are investing in innovative ways to defer the cost of installing and maintaining server and application infrastructure.
According to Rachel Shi, Marketing Project Manager Rockwell Software, Asia Pacific, a strategic alliance has been established with Microsoft to develop cloud based technologies that meet their customers’ changing requirements. Shi explains that the cloud presents an attractive alternative to move traditional infrastructure from on-premise to the virtual environment, allowing manufacturers to focus on manufacturing and not infrastructure.
By investing in innovation, Rockwell Automation continues to develop strategies to help companies optimise their automation and control systems to meet the changing requirements of today’s competitive marketplace.