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Rockwell Automation Provides True Integrated Safety Solutions

October 292004
Safety solutions seamlessly integrate with standard control for more cost-effective, productive, safer working environments

MILWAUKEE, October 27, 2004 — Times, and manufacturers’ control system needs, change. Where there used to be two separate systems for safety and standard control, production demands and evolving technology have fueled the growing need for combining both systems.

Anticipating this change, Rockwell Automation has invested time and expertise in developing a series of products and services designed to seamlessly combine safety and standard control systems into one. The return on this investment can be seen on the show floor at Automation Fair®, in enhancements to networking technology that make it easier to integrate safety and standard control systems, and new components that can be used in more ways to solve a larger variety of problems. These innovations in safety control mean end users and machine builders can simplify their control systems and improve productivity, while maintaining their required levels of worker protection.

“We’ve come a long way from the days when a control product labeled ‘safety’ could protect the worker and machine…but do nothing else,” said Richard Galera, safety product marketing manager, Rockwell Automation. “End users today expect their safety systems to possess all of the efficiencies and convenient features of their standard controls — a safety system that compromises productivity is unacceptable. At the same time, machine builders want to apply safety components and systems in an ever-expanding variety of applications; products that are easily adaptable to these changing requirements are highly desirable. We fulfill both their needs at Rockwell Automation with solutions that, over the life of the product, are surprisingly affordable.”

As an industry leader in integrated safety, Rockwell Automation offers a broad range of safety consulting services, providing expertise to help companies accurately identify their current and future safety and manufacturing needs. Drawing from the broad offering of Allen-Bradley® and Allen-Bradley Guardmaster® integrated safety products, these safety experts then help the machine builder or manufacturer develop the best system to meet those needs. With a growing number of scanners, switches, and controllers offering both safety and standard functionality on the same product, companies can install a streamlined new system or upgrade that enables faster commissioning, provides expanded scope of application, and improves productivity.

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 Integrated Safety Products and Solutions 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.

For more information on the broad offering of safety products and services from Rockwell Automation, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1765, or visit www.ab.com/safety and www.rockwellautomation.com/safety.
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