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Rockwell Automation Features Information-Enabled Automation Technology at PACK EXPO International 2004

November 122004
New and upcoming solutions help manufacturers optimize, integrate and maintain their production lines

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 3, 2004 — At PACK EXPO International 2004, Nov. 7-11 in Chicago, Rockwell Automation (booth No. N-4557) will feature its latest information-enabled automation technology for the packaging industry, including several new and upcoming products for manufacturers and OEMs. By gathering data from manufacturing production lines and turning that data into usable knowledge, information-enabled automation solutions from Rockwell Automation are helping manufacturers integrate entire plants for optimized production and reduced total cost of ownership.

“Packaging machines, while performing their normal functions, generate incredible amounts of valuable data that can be captured and used to improve not only machine performance, but also the performance of the entire manufacturing enterprise,” said Mike Wagner, business development manager, Rockwell Automation. “At PACK EXPO 2004, Rockwell Automation will highlight how its automation solutions are a critical element in today’s information-enabled packaging machines — with the ability to capture valuable data and turn it into actionable information.”

Featured solutions from Rockwell Automation for the packaging industry — many of which will be shown at PACK EXPO — include the following:
Kinetix® Integrated Motion. OEMs throughout PACK EXPO are showcasing machines standardized on Rockwell Automation® Kinetix Integrated Motion, the motion control component of Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture. These OEMs include:

ADCO Manufacturing, booth No. S-2274, which will feature its BCS horizontal auto-load cartoner.

Bosch Packaging Technology, booth No. S-830, which will feature its CUT 120 intermittent-motion cartoner and its CUC 3001 continuous-motion cartoner.

Molins Packaging Machinery sister companies Rose Forgrove and Sandiacre Packaging Machinery, booth No. S-2866, which will feature three machines: The Rose Forgrove Minerva, a horizontal flow wrapper; the Sandiacre Packaging Machinery TG250-RC, a small-bag, high-speed vertical bag maker; and the Sandiacre Packaging Machinery TG450-RC, a large-bag, high-speed vertical bag maker.

Rovema Packaging Machines USA, booth No. N-4218, which will feature its ULF compact case packer and its VVI-200 vertical pouching machine.

Rockwell Software® RSLogix™ 5000 with PhaseManager™. An upcoming version of Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000 programming software will feature PhaseManager, which will help bridge discrete and process applications by providing a standardized framework for phase-state logic. By providing close integration between ControlLogix® controllers and RSBizWare™ Batch software for process applications, PhaseManager will enable RSBizWare Batch to pull or push phase configuration through the ControlLogix controller, simplifying batch procedure creation. When included as part of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture platform, PhaseManager will further break down language and protocol barriers between process and discrete applications by providing a standardized state model for machine control. PhaseManager will be available in mid-2005 and will appear at PACK EXPO 2004.

Rockwell Automation Flashback Event Analysis System. In the event of a machine fault, Flashback — a digital video-recording device — records video at the exact moment of the failure. Unlike other video-recording devices, Flashback doesn’t require users to sort through hours of video to find the fault. Rather, it is activated by the fault and only records video at those times, easing troubleshooting. Flashback will be on display in the Rockwell Automation booth at PACK EXPO.

RFID technology. While the radio frequency identification (RFID) market is growing at a fast pace, many prospective users view RFID simply in terms of compliance with retail requirements. With this narrow view, users could overlook the opportunity to tap into a wealth of information that can be used to make better business decisions. As RFID moves upstream from the supply chain to manufacturing operations, Rockwell Automation can help businesses integrate RFID technology into existing automation controls and information systems to extract value by using information to optimize production. Rockwell Automation has developed an RFID test lab at its Milwaukee headquarters to help manufacturers design and implement an RFID solution.

Allen-Bradley® SLC™ 500 controllers. Allen-Bradley SLC 500 controllers play a key role in controlling thousands of packaging applications around the world. New 10/100 Mbps networking enhancements to the SLC 5/05 will be available in February 2005. The enhancements provide more connection capability and faster throughput for data transfer. Combined with the integrated Web services included in the SLC 5/05 controller, the new enhancements allow packaging line production reporting to any PC on a network with a Web browser. This capability allows for better information flow to production planners, maintenance engineers and material supply personnel.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation® solutions, including Allen-Bradley controls and services, Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, Reliance® motors and drives, and Rockwell Software factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
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