Rockwell Automation Information Delivery Helps Companies Access and Act On Valuable Information Hidden Within the Enterprise

  • November 25, 2003
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Effective use of information given to the right people at the right time can drive revenue through improved production, start-up times, design time and uptimeMILWAUKEE, Nov.18, 2003 — Today’s manufacturing companies know that plant information is a valuable asset in decision-making. Access to relevant data can help optimize production, reduce start-up and design times, improve uptime and impact areas of manufacturing that drive revenue. At Automation Fair 2003, Rockwell Automation will showcase enterprise information delivery solutions that allow users at all levels of the business to view and act on real-time data. “Traditionally, companies have been able to connect some pieces of information by tying together multiple independent systems,” said Nicole Denil, Rockwell Software marketing manager, Rockwell Automation. “However, this model is losing favor because it promotes disparate systems and creates independent silos of information. Functions, such as alarms or real-time process values, are duplicated in each silo, which creates a challenge for users who need to consolidate information from multiple silos.” More effective information delivery solutions go beyond the old concept of simply sending plant level information to business systems. Today’s solutions use a concept of re-using and sharing components to deliver only the right information to the people and systems that need it. And, information can be managed so it is delivered at the time, location and by the delivery method required by the recipient. Rockwell Automation offers two parallel architectures that support the data transfer and visualization aspects of effective information delivery: FactoryTalk® and ViewAnyWare™. · FactoryTalk is a scalable manufacturing information platform that integrates manufacturing applications seamlessly throughout the enterprise, providing information transparency for decision-making. The enabling technologies within FactoryTalk allow users to define information once and share it across multiple applications. · With ViewAnyWare, customers can decide which visualization platform is best for each user in the enterprise. Delivering information to the platform has been simplified, using a common design-time environment that allows users to develop one HMI application that can be deployed on any Rockwell Automation HMI platform. It bridges the gap between machine- and supervisory-level applications to provide a common experience across all Rockwell Automation HMI products. By combining these platforms with information-based applications such as Rockwell Software® RSBizWare™, RSView® and RSProduction Portal; Allen-Bradley® hardware interfaces such as VersaView®; and open technologies such as XML, Web services and Terminal Services, companies today can create an information-sharing environment that allows users to access and view exactly the right information they need, as it becomes available, to make informed business decisions.Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a world-leading 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 engineered services and Rockwell Software factory management software, Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, and Reliance Electric® motors and drives. The company also is a leading provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.Rockwell Software is the leading brand of manufacturing systems software, providing applications for factory automation, data acquisition and integration, manufacturing operations performance improvement and analysis, and shop floor scheduling. For more specific information about Rockwell Automation and its Rockwell Software products and services, go to To order products at our online store, visit

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