Thousands convene in Houston to learn about the latest automation technology
January 2018, News
Thousands of industrial professionals recently convened in Houston for the Automation Fair event to learn more about the latest advanced manufacturing technologies shaping the industry, and the automation tools that can help them be more globally competitive and productive. Hosted by Rockwell Automation and its Partner Network members, the Automation Fair is a premier industry experience uniquely designed to help manufacturers and OEMs optimise their automation investments to achieve their business goals.
Blake Moret, president and CEO, Rockwell Automation, shares his insights on how companies are realising value from digital transformation.
“This week is about showcasing technologies and information that help make industrial companies and their people more productive,” said Blake Moret, president and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “We are also taking the opportunity to show our support for the people of Houston and surrounding communities as they continue to rebuild and recover from the recent hurricanes.”
At the event, attendees were exposed to a variety of technologies that help support digital transformation – using production data to improve business outcomes – and best practices for monitoring and managing operations to increase integration and collaboration across the enterprise. To this end, Rockwell Automation has again expanded its analytics offering, with a new platform that pulls data from virtually any source in the enterprise, and delivers analytics in intuitive dashboards, helping users rapidly resolve issues and drive tangible business outcomes across the Connected Enterprise.
On the opening day, global media and industry analysts attended the Automation Perspectives forum. At this event, executive leadership and industry experts shared their vision on ways companies are realising value from digital transformation across industries, and the technologies being used to achieve this. Industry leaders also shared their strategies for addressing the manufacturing skills shortage, with a new programme developed jointly by Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup that taps into the talents and skills of US military veterans to help solve this critical challenge.
In conjunction with the Automation Fair event, employees, partners and customers of Rockwell Automation joined forces with United Way to help pack over 8000 Thanksgiving dinner kits, part of the company’s ongoing effort to support hurricane recovery efforts, and build on its commitment to Houston.
The 2017 Automation Fair featured more than 140 exhibits showcasing the latest innovations in automation. It also included nine industry forums, 19 hands-on labs and 93 technical sessions designed to expand attendee knowledge and use of the latest control, power and advanced manufacturing and enterprise information technologies.
For more information contact Michelle Junius, Rockwell Automation, +27 (0)11 654 9700, email@example.com, www.rockwellautomation.co.za