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|November 16, 2005 - Volume VI, Issue 46|
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Manufacturing Perspectives from St. Louis
The day opened with a compelling keynote address from Gov. John Engler, former Michigan Governor and current President of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Gov. Engler's message focused on energy policies and resources because without sufficient energy sources, we can't even begin to level the international playing field for manufacturers. Current US policies do not allow us to take full advantage of the natural resources that are available within our own borders, i.e. natural gas, oil and coal. Other countries have successfully utilized nuclear plants for most of their electrical power, while the US only achieves 20% of our power from nuclear sources. Furthermore, we must explore alternate energy sources (i.e. hydrogen) in order to remain competitive.
In another keynote address, Keith Nosbusch, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, announced that they surpassed the $5 billion revenue mark in 2005. Nosbusch credits their success to a strong customer-centric business model. They simply Listen, Think and Solve. Rockwell has spent significant resources over the past few years integrating the factory floor with the Logix platform. As a result, in 2005, Logix has experienced 25% growth worldwide, with China being the second largest unit user. Rockwell's current growth initiatives with Logix are in the areas of process and integrated safety. Rockwell continues to globalize. By 2009, they hope to increase their international revenues from 30% (today) to 50%.
The day was concluded by Sujeet Chand, Senior Vice President of Advanced Control and CTO of Rockwell Automation. Chand outlined the technologies that will drive the future of manufacturing. Key drivers of these technologies include integration, cost and flexibility. The first technology area is control and diagnostics with advanced control (modeling, inline monitoring), prognostics and autonomous systems. Customers want flexibility, ease of expansion and auto-configuration abilities.
The second technology area is communications, specifically wireless and RFID. The major problem with wireless is battery life, so we first need to come up with low-power radios. Other problems to overcome with wireless include interference, coverage, environmental compatibility, security and minimizing cost. RFID offers much more information than its preceding bar code technology, so the earlier RFID tags can be applied in a process, the more valuable they become. Applications for RFID include product tracking, traceability and product geneology. The problems with RFID are they can't be used everywhere, and until the cost-per-tag comes down, they can't be used at the per item level.
The third technology area, and possibly the most challenging, is plant-wide information software. Customers need their factory floor systems integrated with their business systems. In the current MES layer, there are so many third-party software modules that perform specific functions and none of them talk to each other. In addition, no one supplier has been able to fulfill all the information integration requirements. Rockwell's challenge will be to seamlessly integrate performance, data, quality, asset and production management with factory floor systems. Their goal is to do with the MES layer what they have successfully done with the factory floor layer.
The impact that the above technologies will have on customers includes flexible automation, integration, optimum asset utilization and lowest cost. The modern factory will be modular, adaptable, smart and efficient.
For your reference, here's a link to Rockwell's news from Automation Fair: http://www.automation.com/sitepages/pid2182.php. We will continue to add news from Rockwell's encompass partners over the next few days, so please check back often.
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P.S. As a point of correction from last week's issue regarding ISA attendance...I originally reported a 15% increase in overall attendance, when in fact only the conference and technical session registration was up 15%. Overall attendance was down 27% from 2004. Here are the exact numbers from 2004 and 2005 for your reference:
Total Attendance 2004: 14,560
Total Conference & Technical Session Registrations 2004: 635
Total Exhibitors 2004: 562
I apologize for the error!
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