Rockwell Automation Wins Best Internet of Things (IoT) Provider Award from the Asian Manufacturing Awards 2017 Competition
 
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The company was lauded for its frontrunner position and demonstrated leadership in driving smart manufacturing across all industries

Rockwell Automation, the largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information solutions, was named the Best Internet of Things (IoT) Provider by Contineo Media, the organiser of the Asian Manufacturing Awards 2017 – recognising excellence in automation and control, industrial solutions, as well as industrial software products and services, across the region – enabling manufacturers in Asia to reach and sustain world-class performance.

For the sixth year, the editorial team in the Manufacturing Group at Contineo Media – publisher of Asia Food Journal, Control Engineering Asia, Logistics Insight Asia, Payload Asia, and PharmaAsia, as well as publications focused on television, film and content news – appointed an international panel of 10 judges and a third-party auditor, Alpes Assurance LLP, to analyse and rank 100 nominations across 25 categories.

Intelligent production has quickly moved from hype to sizeable investments in factories of all sizes, resulting in tangible benefits. Rockwell Automation supports this smart-manufacturing vision by bringing The Connected Enterprise to life to facilitate the convergence of shop-floor operations technology (OT) and business-level IT, leveraged over a single, standards-based and secure EtherNet/IP™ framework. The company coined ‘The Connected Enterprise’ to describe those unified firms that are integrating data from self-aware and system-aware intelligent sensors, converting it into contextualised knowledge, and distributing it seamlessly to executives companywide. By doing so, savvy plant managers are enjoying shortened time to market, lowered total cost of ownership, enhanced asset utilisation, minimised enterprise risks, and advanced workforce efficiency.

“As an IoT pioneer, Rockwell Automation has been focusing for several years now on understanding evolving industrial-automation requirements, and combining technology innovation and expertise to simplify those factories’ business experiences. We are leveraging the proliferation of connected field devices, big data/analytics, cloud computing, virtualisation and mobility, so that our users can be further productive in a more sustainable world,” said Tang Poi Toong, Market Access and Marketing Director, Southeast Asia, Rockwell Automation. “We are pleased to be recognised for the third time as the Best IoT Provider in Asia; it is a testament to our strong commitment to continuous innovation – empowering our customers to experience quantifiable operational breakthroughs as they become Connected Enterprises.”

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
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Organised by the manufacturing group of publications at Contineo Media, the annual awards provide timely and valuable recognition for those companies providing industrial-technology solutions and value-added services that are enabling regional manufacturers to reach and sustain the required levels of world-class performance.

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Rockwell Automation Named a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for the Ninth Year
 
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Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, has been recognised by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company®. This is the ninth time that the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, has named Rockwell Automation to the distinguished list of companies that influence and drive positive change, and improve ethical leadership and corporate behaviour.

“Thank you to our 22,000 employees who have helped to ingrain ethics and integrity into our corporate DNA,” said Blake Moret, President and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “Our success is grounded in the people who choose to do the right thing, every day, as they enable more productive and competitive manufacturing environments.”

“Over the last eleven years, we have seen a shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations, and major changes in the geo-political climate. We have also seen how companies honoured as the World’s Most Ethical respond to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion, and focus on long term-ism as a sustainable business advantage,” explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at Rockwell Automation for being recognised as a World's Most Ethical Company."

Rockwell Automation also announced today that its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report is now available online and in print. Besides detailing the company’s approach to ethical-business practices, the report provides highlights and updates on the company’s environmental performances, employee safety and culture, and community-relations initiatives.

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs over 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honours superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition programme, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at http://ethisphere.com.

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Latest Release of FactoryTalk Batch Software Introduces Modern Approaches for Batch Applications
 
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Modern batch software from Rockwell Automation now improves batch responsiveness, scalability and productivity, and supports mobile devices

Industrial producers with batch applications can now create more flexible, reliable and productive operations with the latest release of FactoryTalk Batch software from Rockwell Automation. The modern software enhances scalability and responsive control of distributed, skid-level phases with the integrity of plant-level coordination, whilst delivering an improved, reliable user experience with built-in mobility.

“Rather than trying to force-fit applications into rigid batch control systems, producers can now customise a modern batch system to their application’s needs,” said Dan UpDyke, Product Manager, Rockwell Automation. “These enhancements give batch producers greater flexibility when designing, operating and expanding batch systems. They also enable producers to use mobile devices for a more intuitive experience and improved workflows.”

Integration with the SequenceManager solution from Rockwell Automation enables batch sequencing to occur at either the controller or server level. This allows machine builders to develop and deliver fully tested skids that end users can integrate into their batch process with minimal validation and commissioning effort. It also minimises the rework required when manufacturers with small, controller-based batch systems expand to larger, server-based batch systems.

New mobile support can help create intuitive workflows, reduce procedural steps and increase collaboration. With mobile devices, workers no longer need to be bound to control rooms and fixed terminals. Instead, they can access real-time information, interact with processes and secure approvals from anywhere in a plant. A modern web interface also helps reduce the number of clicks required to access information.

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Rockwell Automation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results
 
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• Fourth quarter reported sales down 4 per cent year over year; down 4 per cent organically
• Fourth quarter diluted EPS of US$1.43; Adjusted EPS of US$1.52
• Full year diluted EPS of US$5.56; Adjusted EPS of US$5.93
• Fiscal 2017 EPS guidance: Diluted EPS US$5.46 - US$5.86; Adjusted EPS US$5.85 - US$6.25

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) today reported fiscal 2016 fourth quarter sales of US$1,538.6 million, down 4.3 per cent from US$1,607.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Organic sales decreased 4.0 per cent, acquisitions contributed 0.4 per cent, and currency translation reduced sales by 0.7 per cent.

On a GAAP basis, fiscal 2016 fourth quarter net income was US$185.2 million or US$1.43 per share, compared to US$201.3 million or US$1.50 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Pre-tax margin decreased to 15.4 per cent from 17.3 per cent in the same period last year.

Fiscal 2016 fourth quarter Adjusted EPS was US$1.52, down 3 per cent compared to Adjusted EPS of US$1.57 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Total segment operating earnings were US$304.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, down 9 per cent compared to US$335.8 million in the same period last year. Total segment operating margin was 19.8 per cent compared to 20.9 per cent a year ago. The Company recorded approximately US$20 million of restructuring charges in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.

Full Fiscal Year 2016

Sales were US$5,879.5 million in fiscal 2016, down 6.8 per cent compared to US$6,307.9 million in fiscal 2015. Organic sales decreased 3.9 per cent, and currency translation reduced sales by 3.0 per cent.

On a GAAP basis, fiscal 2016 net income was US$729.7 million or US$5.56 per share, compared to US$827.6 million or US$6.09 per share in fiscal 2015. Pre-tax margin decreased to 16.0 per cent from 17.9 per cent a year ago.

Fiscal 2016 Adjusted EPS was US$5.93, down 7 per cent compared to Adjusted EPS of US$6.40 in fiscal 2015. Total segment operating earnings decreased to US$1,188.7 million in fiscal 2016 compared to US$1,360.5 million in fiscal 2015. Total segment operating margin decreased to 20.2 per cent from 21.6 per cent a year ago, primarily due to lower sales and unfavourable currency effects.

Commenting on the results, Blake D. Moret, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The results for the last quarter of fiscal 2016 were a little better than our expectations. We saw positive year-over-year organic growth in the Architecture & Software segment for the first time this year, and some heavy industry markets appear to be stabilising.

“For the full year, organic sales at minus 4 per cent reflected challenging market conditions; however, I am pleased we were able to hold segment margin above 20 per cent. I am also pleased with our solid free cash flow performance and return on invested capital of 33 per cent.

“I would like to especially thank our employees for their efforts and commitment to our customers during the year. Our employees and our partners are working every day to make our customers more competitive.”

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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Rockwell Automation Names New President for Asia Pacific Region
 
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Rockwell Automation has named Joseph Sousa President of its Asia Pacific region.

Sousa, who recently served as President for Latin America, will be responsible for executing the company’s growth and performance strategy, and leading the commercial and selling organisation in China, India, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan. The Asia Pacific region contributed US$834.5 million in sales in fiscal 2015.

“Joe builds high-performance teams and develops leaders. Both skills will be critical to achieving our business objectives in Asia Pacific,” said John McDermott, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing. “His long and successful career makes him ideal for this important leadership role.”

Sousa joined Rockwell Automation in 1988, serving as a District Manager, Sales Vice President and Regional President. Sousa succeeds Tom O’Reilly, who will repatriate to the United States as Vice President, Global Business Development at Rockwell Automation. O’Reilly has over 25 years of service with Rockwell Automation as a global business leader.

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Rockwell Automation Awarded Gold at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards Awarded Gold at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards
 
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The Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Centre Wins Award for Excellence in Innovation in
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Singapore --(ASIA TODAY)-- Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, announced today that its Singapore-based Asia Pacific Business Centre (APBC) won Gold in the 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in the category ‘Award for Excellence in Innovation in Manufacturing Industries’. More than 600 entries from 22 countries across Asia Pacific competed, with a global panel of over 50 executives judging the submissions. The Stevie Awards are considered to be the world's premier business honours, conferring recognition for achievement in the workplace over the past 14 years in programmes such as The International Business Awards and The American Business Awards.

After years of restructuring its facilities, processes and ecosystem, Rockwell Automation has now completed its companywide The Connected Enterprise journey – including the implementation at its APBC design, engineering, R&D, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics and quality-control facility – resulting in prestigious regional and worldwide accolades. Rockwell Automation is delighted that APBC has achieved optimal performance and profitability through deploying The Connected Enterprise.

“Rockwell Automation penned ‘The Connected Enterprise’ to describe the convergence of plant-floor operations technology (OT) with enterprise-based information technology (IT). At the same time, new technologies − such as smart assets, scalable computing, the cloud, mobility, data analytics and cybersecurity − are providing valuable platforms for manufacturers to harness and safeguard these up-to-the-minute insights throughout their organisations and supply chains,” said Co Gia Nguyen, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific Business Centre, Rockwell Automation.

Established in 2005, APBC currently employs over 500 employees and produces more than 600 built-to-stock SKUs annually in its 139,000-square-foot complex. Prior to executing The Connected Enterprise, the centre was challenged with manual reporting from countless data points, records, devices and sites. Divergent networks lacked a common, standard and secure industrial protocol, resulting in ineffective process management, inaccuracies, delays and lack of integration between shop-floor operations and enterprise teams. To expand market share and remain competitive, APBC was pressured to simplify complexities and abolish inefficiencies by shortening customer response time, enhancing ERP systems, optimising MES reports, improving supply-chain execution, and promoting collaboration amongst executives, engineers, vendors and customers.

“By embracing The Connected Enterprise, manufacturers hold the key to faster decision making, enhanced productivity for greater competitiveness, and, ultimately, maximised business value,” said Pit Wee Yeoh, Director Manufacturing, Asia-Pacific, Rockwell Automation. “At APBC, we achieved measureable results. We cut inventory from 115 to 70 days and shrank capital expenditures by 20 per cent per year. Our on-time delivery improved from the low 90s to 99 per cent and our supplier lead times went down by 25 per cent as well. At the same time, we reduced quality defects by 50 per cent. Overall, APBC increased annual productivity by 4 to 5 per cent.”

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs over 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
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Rockwell Automation Named a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for the Eighth Year
 
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The Ethisphere Institute has recognised Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company®. This is the eighth time that Ethisphere®, a global leader in advancing the standards of ethical-business practices, named Rockwell Automation to the distinguished list, which recognises companies which align principle with action, work tirelessly to make trust part of their corporate DNA, and in doing so, shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today.

“Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behaviour. Those, like Rockwell Automation, that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees; thus, solidifying a sustainable business advantage,” explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich.

“The importance of ethics and the transparency of integrity – both ingrained in our culture – continues to increase for current and potential employees,” said Keith D. Nosbusch, Rockwell Automation Chairman and CEO. “Employees continually look for companies that value ethics and are consistently doing the right things, the right way, every day. Our ethical culture is a differentiator, a competitive advantage and makes Rockwell Automation a great place to do your best work.”

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation.

Rockwell Automation also announced today that its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report is now available online and in print. Besides detailing the company’s approach to ethical-business practices, the report provides highlights and updates on the company’s environmental performance, employee safety and culture, and community-relations initiatives.

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs over 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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FactoryTalk VantagePoint Update Speeds Development of Manufacturing Intelligence Systems, Access to Key Production Data
 
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New Mobile Interface Provides Frictionless Access to Logix-Based Data

For manufacturers, making swift use of big data just got easier. The addition of import and configure mobile-based work flows in the FactoryTalk VantagePoint enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) v7.0 software from Rockwell Automation enables the one-time configuration of a manufacturing intelligence solution. Rockwell Automation showcased EMI solutions at the 2015 Automation Fair event in Chicago on 19 November.

This latest FactoryTalk VantagePoint software provides users a seamless way to access their Logix-based data by providing a simple, guided work flow to store and visualise information. Everything from installation, configuration and visualisation has been enhanced and consolidated – so users can interact with their Logix-based control data from their device of choice: PC, tablet or smartphone. To promote intelligent decision-making, the new work flows enable authorised users to store and visualise specific data views and trends, and easily share these views with collaborators across the enterprise.

“The FactoryTalk VantagePoint experience now provides access to manufacturing information faster than ever,” said Angela Rapko, Product Manager, EMI Software Portfolio, Rockwell Automation. “For users, this more cohesive and intuitive experience is a significant step forward. The less time operators spend configuring systems, the more they can focus on how their plants are actually functioning. We have truly reduced the time to trend data with this release.”

Additionally, FactoryTalk VantagePoint software will now silently install with FactoryTalk Historian SE software from Rockwell Automation. Upon completion, the user will be greeted with a VantagePoint mobile Web page, including the new import and configure options.

From any PC or tablet, a user can browse through the FactoryTalk Directory server to an online controller; select the tags from which they aim to collect associated data; and configure scan rates and additional historian parameters. Once this process is complete, the selected tags are stored in the FactoryTalk Historian solution and automatically configured for the FactoryTalk VantagePoint software. By simultaneously configuring tags, a user within the VantagePoint mobile work flow makes a few simple selections in order to begin collecting data, and creating dashboards and trends.

The FactoryTalk VantagePoint v7.0 update also includes enhancements to the overall platform. The software now provides a vertical or horizontal bar chart, updated indicator widget, logarithmic trending, improved mobile navigation and Windows 10 support.

Also new, FactoryTalk VantagePoint v7.0 software offers SQL Server Express with install. This removes complex licensing options from the install process. Attendees of the Automation Fair event can see the latest updates to FactoryTalk VantagePoint software at Booth 1035.

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Rockwell Automation Launches Next-Generation Integrated Architecture Portfolio to Enable The Connected Enterprise
 
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Expanded High-Performance Portfolio Helps Reduce System Complexity, Enhance Operational Productivity and Shorten Development Time for Smart Machines

Smart manufacturing is driving a demand for connected machines and equipment. Adding more devices and connections, however, can make machines and systems more complex. The expanded next-generation Integrated Architecture portfolio from Rockwell Automation reduces complexity whilst helping users meet future capacity and throughput needs as they design systems for a Connected Enterprise.

The portfolio includes a newly released next-generation Allen-Bradley controller, graphic terminal, servo drive and distributed I/O system, as well as the latest release of the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 and FactoryTalk software offerings.

“We have invested significantly in the Integrated Architecture portfolio to help our customers prepare their production environments for future growth, and help machine builders simplify machines and get them to market faster,” said Dan DeYoung, Market Development Director, Integrated Architecture, Rockwell Automation. “With this new portfolio and our ongoing collaboration with our PartnerNetwork members, customers have the tools to more easily design, operate and maintain smart, high-performing systems.”

The new additions to the portfolio include:

• The latest release of the Studio 5000 software includes three new applications: Studio 5000 Architect; Studio 5000 View Designer; and Application Code Manager. These applications, along with the Studio 5000 Logix Designer application released in 2012, bring more functionality together into one environment to simplify and speed system development. In addition, the latest releases of FactoryTalk ViewPoint Mobile software and FactoryTalk VantagePoint Mobile software allow users to more easily engage with their production information on mobile devices.

• The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5580 controller provides up to 45 per cent more application capacity and includes an embedded 1-gigabit Ethernet port to support high-performance communications, I/O and applications with up to 256 axes of motion. The new port and additional capacity cuts the amount of control and communications hardware required, reducing system complexity, costs and required panel space.

• The Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5700 servo drive is a single-platform alternative to using multiple servo drives for large custom machines with high axis-count and power requirements. This can reduce cabinet-space requirements by up to 70 per cent and wiring requirements by as much as 60 per cent.

• The Allen-Bradley Bulletin 5069 Distributed Compact I/O system with two 1-gigabit Ethernet ports scans 10 times faster than previous versions for greater productivity. The system can connect to as many as 31 modules without the need to expand.

• The Allen-Bradley PanelView 5500 graphic terminal provides a modern design and enhanced integration with Logix controllers using the Studio 5000 View Designer application. This integration improves programming efficiency because engineers can enter configuration information once and use it for the entire automation design.

The expanded portfolio also incorporates a number of security features to help manufacturers and industrial operators protect their facilities, assets and intellectual property.

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Rockwell Automation Reduces Time-to-Market and Improves User Experience with New PlantPAx System Release
 
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Nov 17, 2015
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PlantPAx Modern DCS Integrates New Enabling Technologies to Improve Automation Productivity and Enhance Plantwide Process Control

The latest release of the PlantPAx modern distributed control system (DCS) from Rockwell Automation helps industrial producers across multiple industries modernise their plants and reduce time-to-market. New system capabilities include a more productive design environment to enhance automation productivity; easier adoption of new enabling technologies to improve user experience; and enhanced control capabilities to help meet operational goals.

“The latest release of our modern DCS platform focuses heavily on improving automation productivity,” said Jason Wright, PlantPAx System Marketing Manager, Rockwell Automation. “The system now includes pre-built process control strategies to help users greatly reduce the effort and risk to deploy new applications, which helps improve their time-to-market.”

Increased Automation Productivity
To provide operators with reliable and accurate system configuration, the PlantPAx system now includes expanded estimation, design and development guides. The updated documentation and design capabilities help dramatically increase automation productivity; decrease the time required to deploy a maintainable and modern system; and reduce life-cycle costs. New pre-built control strategies developed within the Rockwell Automation library of process objects provide a consistent user and maintenance experience.

Improved User Experience
Leveraging network improvements and built-in mobility, the PlantPAx system delivers an improved, reliable user experience. Expanded industrial Ethernet switches support Layer 3 topologies, enhancing scalability for a variety of applications. Smaller control systems can now be integrated into larger enterprise networks with a common, fully supported network infrastructure. The network switches include embedded Cisco technology to integrate and translate operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT). This makes it easier for process operators to configure and manage system networks.

The PlantPAx system also now includes a mobile component that enables users to create displays and interact with process data across any HTML5-compliant mobile platform. The software is responsive to the user’s specific device, allowing operators and plant managers to access and view performance metrics and data analytics in their preferred format.

Enhanced Control
New built-in control features – such as integrated PlantPAx model predictive control (MPC), alarm management and batch management – now operate in a common environment, helping to improve plant efficiencies and operational performance. Control-based PlantPAx MPC provides the ability to predictably manage external and complex process disturbances, and maximise process performance up to process constraints. This allows continuous improvements within the process whilst reducing waste and variability.

The updated system also leverages the recently introduced batch application toolkit to help reduce the risk, time and cost of implementing batch control systems. Containing documentation, application examples and sample code, the toolkit gives engineers a starting point to build and maintain a consistent batch control system. It also provides flexibility to customise system elements for increased functionality.

With the expanded capabilities of its modern DCS platform, Rockwell Automation continues to improve enterprise integration, scalability and open communication via EtherNet/IP and local support for its customers.

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs about 22,500 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
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