Rockwell Automation Releases New White Paper - 'Understanding and Reaping the Benefits of Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics'

  • January 12, 2004
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Rockwell Automation white paper explains how companies can boost plant efficiency and cut operating costs through proactive monitoring of control systems and rotating equipmentMILWAUKEE, January 12, 2004 — To help manufacturers realize the value of remote monitoring and the steps needed to successfully implement a remote monitoring and diagnostics program, Rockwell Automation has developed a new white paper, “Reaping the Rewards of a Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics Program.” The white paper may be downloaded free at The paper outlines the value of remote monitoring and diagnostic tools to organizations of almost any size. Remote monitoring technologies allow manufacturers to collect and analyze machine conditions and production data from almost anywhere, anytime — even from remote, offsite locations. Whether a manufacturer wants to perform predictive maintenance, continuously evaluate the performance of critical machinery or respond to problems more quickly, remote monitoring and diagnostic tools can provide companies a solution that will meet these objectives and ultimately help cut overall costs, improve quality, minimize unplanned downtime and increase operational efficiency. “Companies cannot afford downtime for both their equipment and their supply chain,” says Dr. Jay Lee, director of the Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems in Milwaukee, Wis. “More and more, efforts will be placed on prognostics and ‘predict and prevent,’ rather than ‘fail and fix.’ The trend is toward ‘smart’ products and machines that can automatically call for service or order spare parts.” Remote monitoring and diagnostic systems can deliver even greater cost-savings benefits when used in conjunction with outside remote monitoring services or consultants. Utilizing a wealth of industry and manufacturing experience, outside experts can minimize gaps in staff expertise and the need for ongoing training by analyzing plant floor data, often in real time, and recommending corrective actions. They can also compare data to successful industry benchmarks or established baselines to identify strengths and weaknesses and measure performance improvements. The white paper explains the inherent long-term benefits of such collaborative remote monitoring solutions. For more information on the maintenance solutions from Rockwell Automation, visit or contact your local Rockwell Automation sales office.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 at more than 450 locations serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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