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Rockwell Automation Showcases Portfolio Offering 'Just the Right Fit' at PACK EXPO 2005

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MILWAUKEE, Sept. 22, 2005 — At PACK EXPO 2005, Sept. 26-28 in Las Vegas, Rockwell Automation (booth No. N-7516) will feature its scalable automation technology for the packaging industry, including several new products for manufacturers and OEMs. From the simplest push buttons, sensors and contactors to highly complex, integrated motion control, Rockwell Automation will highlight how its automation technology helps best match precise application requirements.

In the past, manufacturers may have developed one super-powered wrapper to handle three lines. Today they may have three separate wrappers – two retrofitted from consolidated plants and one new wrapper that does just what is required and no more. Eliminating bottlenecks or production problems and meeting lean manufacturing requirements are the main concerns of the day for OEMs and end users alike.

“The ‘just in case’ model of previous years has evolved into a demand for products that offer just the right fit,” said Mike Wagner, business development manager, Rockwell Automation. “This shift in customer requirements is understandable and practical, as it is inefficient to build a case packer that can pack 20 cases a minute when the wrapper upstream may have the capacity to wrap 10,” he added.

The Rockwell Automation booth showcases its broad portfolio of essential components, Integrated Architecture solutions and global support capabilities – ideal ingredients for designing today’s world-class vertical, fill, form and seal (VFFS) machines, cartoners and case-packers.

Featured solutions from Rockwell Automation for the packaging industry include the following:

Kinetix Integrated Motion. OEMs throughout PACK EXPO are showcasing machines standardized on Rockwell Automation Kinetix Integrated Motion, featuring an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix controller, Ultra3000 digital servo drives and MP-Series servo motors. As the motion control component of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture, Kinetix helps manufacturers turn 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.

Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000 with PhaseManager. 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 enables 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, PhaseManager will further break down language and protocol barriers between process and discrete applications by providing a standardized state model for machine control.

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 MicroLogix controllers. End users and OEMs who need a cost-effective, low-end controller with the flexibility of online editing now have this capability with the new Allen Bradley MicroLogix 1100 controller from Rockwell Automation. The new controller helps users make program modifications without interrupting operation. An embedded EtherNet/IP communications port enables users to easily share data across a production facility, while eliminating the time and costs associated with network wiring. In addition, an embedded Ethernet Web server gives users remote access to control information, further optimizing production efficiency by sharing real-time data on the plant floor with OEM partners or remote maintenance engineers.

Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 1769-L4x controller. High-performance, cost-effective, networked machine control is now available in a small package. CompactLogix 1769-L4x combines the advanced scalability, modularity and communication of the CompactLogix 1769-L35E with integrated motion and remote control to offer users full Logix integrated motion ideal for packaging applications. Combined with Rockwell Automation’s Integrated Architecture, CompactLogix 1769-L4x allows a user to integrate a simple machine or application into a plant-wide control system.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), is a leading global provider of automation, power, control, and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A., the company employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on these solutions from Rockwell Automation, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1837.

Visit their website at www.rockwellautomation.com.
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