Rockwell Automation hosted its 10th annual RSTechED educational forum in Sydney and Melbourne during early October, with both three-day events packed with information and insight into today’s business information challenges. Attendees, who hailed from Australian and New Zealand industrial companies, OEMs and system integrators, were offered a choice of technical presentations focusing on the key themes of manufacturing and IT convergence, sustainability and operational excellence.
In total, 33 different labs and presentations were delivered at RSTechED to over 250 attendees. The educational sessions were arranged into one stream of technical sessions and demonstrations, accompanied by another two streams of hands-on labs that enabled participants to work through a series of exercises. Topics of discussion included:
- FactoryTalk VantagePoint, the recently launched business intelligence and reporting tool for manufacturing
- Participants were also introduced to the soon-to-be-launched FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition—the world’s first in-chassis historian, which collects data directly from the backplane of the controller
- Manufacturing and IT convergence
- Operational excellence
The principles, said McPherson, are the same when it comes to achieving operational excellence. “Information solutions are about providing visibility throughout an entire process,” he said. “It’s no longer enough just to see into the runtime environment. Key information needs to be shared with other parts of the business, including operations management all the way up to the enterprise environment. We can now provide end-to-end visibility, allowing industries to optimise every aspect of their operations.”