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Rockwell Automation

Pitfield Kiln Farm
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK11 3DR
United Kingdom

Telephone : +44 (01908) 838800
Fax : +44 (01908) 261917


Editorial archive;

New range of open architecture industrial computers and thin clients 24/09/2017
A new family of Allen-Bradley VersaView 5000 industrial computers, thin clients and monitors from Rockwell Automation can help end users modernise standalone or distributed HMI applications to support smart manufacturing. Full Story...

Light curtain improves flexibility and workforce safety 23/08/2017
The new Allen-Bradley GuardShield 450L safety light curtain system from Rockwell Automation is said to offer a flexible solution to enhance workforce safety in an increasingly automated manufacturing environment, while improving productivity through the addition of transceiver technology. Full Story...

Rockwell and Endress+Hauser open joint test plant 09/11/2016
Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser recently opened their first joint test plant in Europe for the validation of new products. Full Story...

Servo drive solution frees up cabinet space 19/01/2016
Machine builders who, traditionally, have used separate servo drives to meet high axis-count and power requirements for large custom machines are now able to consolidate to a single platform. Full Story...

Evaluation service aims to optimise IT asset management 22/12/2015
Rockwell Automation has released new software and enterprise evaluation services designed to help manufacturers and industrial operators better manage their assets and reduce risk.  Full Story...

Collaboration aims to show benefits of IIoT 23/11/2015
Rockwell Automation and FANUC are collaborating on several new initiatives to help customers realise productivity gains through the implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Full Story...

The future is about more than product spec 03/11/2015
David Nicholl, UK sales director for Rockwell Automation, believes that vendor competition, based on product specification alone, is now a thing of the past. Full Story...

Safety maturity index tool helps improve safety performance 01/05/2015
Rockwell Automation has launched its Safety Maturity Index (SMI) tool, a self-guided assessment that gives visibility into the effectiveness of safety programs and the ability to optimise plant performance.  Full Story...

All-gigabit industrial switch 28/04/2015
Rockwell Automation has expanded its Allen-Bradley Stratix family of industrial switches with an all-gigabit option that helps achieve higher network speeds for high bandwidth applications.  Full Story...

MES solution for medical device manufacturers 21/04/2015
Medical device manufacturers that combine discrete and batch processes can now use PharmaSuite manufacturing execution system (MES) software from Rockwell Automation as their sole track-and-trace platform, achieving tracking capabilities down to the smallest saleable unit. Full Story...

Integrated machinery condition monitoring solution 13/03/2015
The new integrated Allen-Bradley condition-monitoring system is said to allow manufacturers to utilise the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system, rather than an isolated condition-monitoring device, to assess current equipment health, predict potential issues, and help avoid damage to critical machinery. Full Story...

Machinery safety system integrator programme 03/02/2015
Rockwell Automation has created the Machinery Safety System Integrator program to help manufacturers identify best-in-class safety system integrators – with current safety standards expertise, a proven track record in building safety systems, and knowledge of productivity-enhancing safety technologies. Full Story...

Mobile capabilities added to enterprise manufacturing intelligence software 19/01/2015
New capabilities embedded into the FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI v6.0 software from Rockwell Automation gives the freedom to use any digital device to easily access optimised performance metrics and data analytics from plant floors and machines. Full Story...

Extended DCS capabilities 02/12/2014
Rockwell Automation has added new virtualisation, batch management and integrated motor control capabilities to its PlantPAx process automation system. The new features combine to extend the capabilities of the company’s DCS platform to simplify system design, deployment, operation and maintenance. Full Story...

Making the most of IoT 20/11/2014
At a recent automation conference in Ireland – organised by Hanley Automation – Rockwell Automation and Cisco jointly presented their manufacturing vision for the ‘connected enterprise’ and explained how they believe it will overcome many of today’s manufacturing challenges. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

In-process control capabilities added to MES solutiom 28/10/2014
In-process control (IPC) checks are essential in the highly regulated life sciences industry. However, manually conducting IPC checks can introduce human error, while standalone IPC systems are difficult to integrate with electronic batch records. Full Story...

Breaking down industrial security 08/10/2014
Mark Daniels and Richard Piggin discuss the issues surrounding cyber security for Industrial control systems and look at different approaches to ensure the best protection for critical business enablers. Full Story...

FANUC and Rockwell Automation to collaborate on integrated manufacturing solutions 23/09/2014
FANUC and Rockwell Automation, have announced a global collaboration effort to provide customers with a seamless and integrated manufacturing solution. Full Story...

On-Machine Ethernet switch shrinks the size and cost of control cabinets 27/08/2014
Rockwell Automation has launched its first on-machine switch – the Allen-Bradley ArmorStratix 5700. Built with ruggedised IP67 protection, the Layer 2 managed industrial Ethernet switch can be mounted directly onto a machine or application, helping to reduce the overall size and cost of a control cabinet. Full Story...

Increased functionality for safety system design software 01/07/2014
The Safety Automation Builder (SAB) tool, from Rockwell Automation, now benefits from new additions to the safety function library and more languages. Full Story...

Wireless access point for remote and difficult-to-reach areas 10/06/2014
To make accessing critical production data easier within the manufacturing enterprise, Rockwell Automation has launched the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) featuring a work group bridge.  Full Story...

Wireless access point for remote and difficult-to-reach areas 10/06/2014
To make accessing critical production data easier within the manufacturing enterprise, Rockwell Automation has launched the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) featuring a work group bridge.  Full Story...

Register to attend Automation University on the Move 06/05/2014
Automation University on the Move is Rockwell Automation's premium branded event series. Topics including networks, safety, security and software will be included on the agendas at all four of this year's events. Visit the dedicated event website to learn more and register. Full Story...

Electronic overload relay promises productive motor monitoring and protection 06/05/2014
Rockwell Automation has developed the new Allen-Bradley E300 electronic overload relay which integrates communications, including EtherNet/IP, current-measurement technology, and time-saving I/O options, in a modular design. Full Story...

Turning Data into Actionable Information 11/03/2014
Download this whitepaper from Rockwell Automation to learn how historical operational data can become useable production information. Full Story...

Micro PLC optimised for standalone and remote machines 03/02/2014
Rockwell Automation has added the Micro820 PLC to its Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLC family.  Full Story...

AC drives promises 'just enough' control 16/10/2013
Adding to its Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 520-series of compact AC drives, Rockwell Automation has introduced the PowerFlex 523 AC drive, with flexible features designed to help users be more competitive. Full Story...

Routeco becomes a Rockwell Automation distributor in the Netherlands 02/09/2013
Rockwell Automation has announced that Routeco, a distributor of industrial automation and control products in the Netherlands, will become a preferred distributor for the Dutch market. Full Story...

Setting new MES standards for pharma and biotech 16/07/2013
Rockwell Automation has released its Rockwell Software PharmaSuite v5.0 system for pharmaceutical and biotech production, said to set new standards for MES performance in automation, risk management, cost reduction and regulatory compliance. Full Story...

Liberating operators from the control room 07/05/2013
There is universal agreement that mobile devices will be making an appearance on more plant floors in the future, although agreement from automation suppliers on a timescale for this to become general practice is less easy to come by. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Configuration tool aims to simplify machinery safety-system design 17/04/2013
Rockwell Automation has released a new configuration and design tool to help machinery automation system engineers save time when designing safety systems. Full Story...

PC or PLC based control – take your pick 26/03/2013
Automation suppliers may never agree on whether PC or PLC-based control offers the best solution – in reality it really depends on the application and user preference. However, with most PLC-based systems now offering the same ‘openness’ as PCs, they look like they will be around for some time. Full Story...

HMI promises an enhanced operator experience 19/03/2013
Increased functionality and an enhanced operator experience are promised with the introduction of the latest version of the FactoryTalk HMI software from Rockwell Automation. Full Story...

Meeting the challenges to come with smarter manufacturing 05/02/2013
At the Rockwell Automation Fair 2012, Keith Nosbusch, chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, took the opportunity to explain how he believes ‘smart manufacturing’ can help industry to meet future challenges. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Bringing high-performance control and information solutions to machine and equipment builders 21/11/2012
The expanded Midrange system portfolio of scalable Allen-Bradley servo drives, variable frequency drives, industrial Ethernet switches, and unified engineering and design from Rockwell Automation aims to help machine and equipment builders reduce cost and complexity. Full Story...

Safety device has the vision to protect 19/09/2012
The latest addition to the Rockwell Automation safety opto-electronic product family, the SC300 hand detection safety sensor, is a compact Type 3, SIL 2, IEC 62061, PLd EN ISO 13849-1 vision-based protective device (VBPD), which uses image-processing technology to detect the intrusion of objects through a detection window. Full Story...

Power monitors help control and reduce industrial energy consumption 17/07/2012
Scalable, cost-effective insight into how, when and where energy is being used throughout a production process is provided by the Allen-Bradley PowerMonitor from Rockwell Automation. Full Story...

Process control takes to the sea 12/06/2012
Appreciation of open, off-the-shelf networks and automation infrastructures are growing within the marine industry and many vessel operators and shipbuilders are looking at adopting control and communication hardware more commonly seen in manufacturing applications. Full Story...

EtherNet/IP-enabled servo drive 10/04/2012
The new Allen-Bradley Kinetix 350 single-axis EtherNet/IP servo drive, from Rockwell Automation, is said to offer cost-effective co-ordinated motion for low-axis machines. The drive can lower costs for the deployment of integrated motion on low-axis machines found in applications such as indexing tables, process skids, case packers, erectors and packaging. Full Story...

Waste-to-Energy process order for Rockwell Automation 03/04/2012
Cynar, a technology company in the waste-to-energy market, has awarded an contract to Rockwell Automation to design and build a new end-of-life plastic to fuel conversion plant in the UK for SITA UK, a partner in the development. Full Story...

The business case for safety 28/02/2012
Mark Eitzman, safety market development manager at Rockwell Automation, argues the business case for safety and highlights the direct links between improved worker safety and increased productivity, sustainability and financial stability. Full Story...

Michelin Group signs preferred partner agreement 07/02/2012
Tyre manufacturer, Michelin, has signed a four-year agreement that makes Rockwell Automation its preferred partner for supplying industrial automation and controls to its factories worldwide. Full Story...

Making the move to a plantwide control solution 24/01/2012
According to research performed by the ARC Advisory Group, the global process industry loses approximately $20 billion annually, or about 5% of annual production, due to unscheduled downtime from aging DCS systems. Full Story...

Online and mobile application energy-saving calculators 10/01/2012
A new tool has been introduced by Rockwell Automation to allow manufacturers to use mobile devices or computers to calculate the potential savings from equipment such as variable frequency drives, power pumps and fans. Full Story...

SecureConnect provides new protection from electrical hazards 20/12/2011
Users of the Allen-Bradley CENTERLINE 2100 motor control center from Rockwell Automation can help reduce workers’ exposure to live voltage with SecureConnect. Full Story...

New Whitepaper – Optimising your most critical asset 20/12/2011
Nick Goebel, global director for Rockwell Automation customer training services, explores workforce readiness options and explains what manufacturers should look for when selecting a partner to design and execute training programmes which enable the workforce to effectively operate increasingly innovative automation technology. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHITEPAPER Full Story...

Overcoming obsolescence issues with minimal disruption 29/11/2011
CEE reports on how TOTAL E&P UK has succeeded in safely upgrading a number of vital systems on two of its Alywyn Area fields platforms. Full Story...

Nyrstar Hobart chooses process automation system to replace DCS 16/11/2011
Nyrstar Hobart, a leading global multi-metals company, has awarded an order to Rockwell Automation and its Global Solutions team to replace a distributed control system (DCS) at the company’s zinc smelting operation in Hobart, Tasmania. Full Story...

EtherNet /IP to DeviceNet link 08/11/2011
Rockwell Automation has launched The EtherNet/IP Communications Auxiliary. A new EtherNet/IP-to-DeviceNet link module has been introduced by Rockwell to allow products that sit on a DeviceNet network to easily communicate with EtherNet/IP-based scanners. Full Story...

Online support in seven languages 04/10/2011
Rockwell Automation is now offering its online support ,Knowledgebase, in seven languages. Full Story...

Live demo of cutting edge process automation solution at Offshore Europe 19/09/2011
Rockwell Automation ran live demonstrations of its PlantPAx process control solution for the oil and gas industry at the recent Offshore Europe 2011 event. Full Story...

RFID system for manufacturing and process applications 13/09/2011
A new RFID technology, based on Ethernet/IP and open standards, delivers flexibility and ruggedness to demanding industrial applications. Full Story...

An alternative to DCS or PLC/SCADA? 06/09/2011
Traditionally, users have had a choice between a DCS or a PLC/SCADA approach when selecting a control system for use in process control applications. Richard Sturt, Rockwell Automation business development manager, process Industries, believes that Rockwell can offer a solution for users needing elements of both of these approaches. Full Story...

Integrated motor and process control solution put to work on oil sands project 30/08/2011
Grizzly Oil Sands, a Canadian, independent oil sands company is to use the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx process automation system to help it produce more than 5,000 barrels of oil per day at the first phase of its Algar Lake Project. Full Story...

Off-the-shelf machine level Historian 17/05/2011
Rockwell Automation has announced the release of FactoryTalk Historian Machine Edition (ME) version 2.2 software with native connectivity to the OSIsoft PI System. This gives PI system users who employ Allen-Bradley ControlLogix controllers an off-the-shelf, machine-level historian application that can transfer historical data to their on-site or enterprise wide PI System. Full Story...

Common control platform for Avantha Power BOP system 03/05/2011
Avantha Power has selected Rockwell Automation as its automation provider for the utility’s balance of plant (BOP) applications for the next three years, which will allow the company to adopt a common control platform for its entire BOP system, with the aim of improving plantwide optimisation and reducing lifecycle costs. Full Story...

Strategic partnership to allow Super Critical Water Oxidation to gain momentum. 15/11/2010
A strategic partnership between Rockwell Automation and Ireland-based SCFI, has been announced, in a bid to change the way that water and waste water sludge is dealt with – by using a 'Super Critical Water Oxidation’ process that results in almost 100% solubility for gases and organic compounds. Full Story...

Intelligent motor control centers lay the foundation for improvements in manufacturing efficiency and reliability 28/10/2010
Advances in MCC technology enable the delivery of detailed diagnostics to help improve productivity and maximise asset availability. A new white paper, produced by Rockwell Automation, explains how advanced intelligent motor control centers (MCCs) provide process application users with critical information that ultimately helps minimise and prevent downtime Full Story...

Rockwell addresses health and safety with show appearance 18/08/2010
Rockwell Automation is highlighting services, software and hardware, that will help plant and machinery designers tackle safety legislation, ahead of Health+Safety 10. The UK show, held in Bolton, October 13 to 14, is part of a series of regional exhibitions covering the health and safety arena. Full Story...

Rockwell Automation bolsters development tool 16/08/2010
Rockwell Automation has incorporated the latest changes in the ISA-88 standard into its Power Programming version 4 development tool. This covers the inclusion of OMAC (Organisation for Machine Automation and Control) PackML guidelines. Full Story...

Rockwell gets TÜV thumbs up for e-stop buttons 27/07/2010
Rockwell Automation has earned TÜV certification for the B10d Functional Safety rating on all styles of Allen-Bradley emergency-stop push buttons. The certification shores up the company’s claims that its e-stop components bolster worker safety and increase productivity. Full Story...

Cadalec scoops overseas project with PICS capability 29/04/2010
When tendering for a large overseas project UK based control system specialist, Cadalec noted that the specification required the application to be simulated using PICS software. Cadalec had recently upgraded its PICS software from HardwarePT, placing them in a comfortable position to deliver a project with high efficiency and reduced costs. Full Story...

Liquids manufacture gets automation boost 29/01/2010
PZ Cussons, the company behind household brands such as Original Source, Imperial Leather and Carex, has built a new liquids manufacturing facility in Manchester. Endress+Hauser’s FieldCare software was implemented to maintain and configure the army of instrumentation installed at the plant. Full Story...

Rockwell Automation sponsors release of open-source software stack 08/12/2009
Open-source EtherNet/IP communication stack developed by the Vienna University of Technology cost effectively connects I/O devices. Full Story...

Rockwell Automation and Eplan in software deal 12/11/2009
New interface from Rockwell Automation and Eplan Software & Services will make Eplan Electric P8 electrical design software available in RSLogix, allowing electrical engineers, control hardware engineers and software programmers to automatically synchronise controls configuration data. Full Story...

Machine building: Flexibility is silver bullet for packaging machine design 12/05/2009
Predictive maintenance, online parts ordering, energy monitoring are information metrics moving to the operator level or machine level. Full Story...

‘Integrated Architecture’ system expands 11/03/2009
Rockwell Automation says it has added more than 30 new capabilities its ‘Integrated Architecture System’ for advanced process control, midrange machine builders, safety and IT convergence solutions. Full Story...

Rockwell joins forces with ProLeiT 09/03/2009
Rockwell Automation’s recent global agreement with ProLeiT AG targets brewing, dairy and related industries, offering them faster start-up and commissioning of application in an open architecture development environment. The agreement allows ProLeiT to more tightly integrate its Plant iT industry solution with the Rockwell Automation Logix Control Platform. Full Story...

CIP networks: 24 V dc power with Ethernet specification expected in April 06/03/2009
End-users can face incompatibility when designing and deploying 24V auxiliary power on the factory floor. In response, ODVA, keeper of the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) network, is creating a 24 V dc 'Power with Ethernet' specification to help power e-stops, I/O sources and devices, actuators, and controllers. Full Story...

Robot Roundup 06/01/2009
‘Original equipment manufacturers are starting to run robotics with off-the-shelf controls and even large robot manufacturers are adopting the use of embedded nonproprietary software,’ says Dan Throne, sales and marketing manager, Bosch Rexroth Corp, Electric Drives and Controls. Full Story...

Rockwell unveils PowerFlex 755 26/11/2008
Rockwell Automation has reacted to changing global standards and certifications with the launch of a new AC drive. The PowerFlex 755 AC is the first model to be released from the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 750 series and incorporates new safety functions and features designed to boost integration. Full Story...

FDI achievement result of co-operation with process control suppliers 14/11/2008
The FDI (Field Device Integration) team has completed the draft architecture and inventory of use case analysis, describing the achievements as a milestone. The Steering Committee of the EDDL Co-operation Team has worked closely with the FDT Group to advance a common solution for field device integration. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts October 2008 14/11/2008
The newly established Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) will seek to increase awareness and adoption of FOUNDATION technology throughout the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region through end user-focused activities such as training, technical support, trade show participation, and seminars, the Fieldbus Foundation announced recently. Full Story...

Upgrading Control: Migration or Evolution? 12/09/2008
When a process control platform needs upgrading, the answer can be an incremental change, a system-wide rip and replace, or anything in between. Users have more options than ever. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation: Better Device Descriptions, Device Coupler Test Spec, board member 08/08/2008
Fieldbus Foundation has streamlined fieldbus development for device and system suppliers by enhancing its Device Descriptions (DD). In separate announcements, the organisation released the final Device Coupler Test Specification and named a DuPont executive to its board. Full Story...

Safety reference resources, standards, CD, white paper 15/07/2008
As ISA is offering a CD full of process safety references, Rockwell Automation offers a new white paper examining the holistic approach to safety. Full Story...

Dairy Farmers of Britain meets demanding contracts 26/06/2008
Dairy Farmers of Britain has completed an £850,000 (€1 million) bulk storage project, in an effort to meet the demands of supermarket contracts. Full Story...

Webcasts: Networks, cultures converge; plant-floor networking; how to work with IT 25/06/2008
Based on knowledge of manufacturing and IT cultures, Rockwell Automation and Cisco are holding a series of educational seminars to help organisations implement change by establishing best practices between IT and manufacturing. Full Story...

Rockwell announces process strategy 08/05/2008
Rockwell Automation has been very busy over the last year with acquisitions of ICSTriplex, ProsCon and Pavilion. The company recently outlined its strategy behind the purchases and how it felt the new additions had bolstered its process portfolio. Full Story...

Industrial motors: more torque, more integration 06/05/2008
Makers of industrial motors are quick to adapt their products to the needs of manufacturing. In this article we look at direct-drive, permanent-magnet (PM) 'torque motors,' so called 'integrated' motors where the drive is combined with the motor, servo motors large and small, and an extra rugged duty AC motor designed for the harshest environments in process automation. Full Story...

Linux to ControlLogix solution uses OPC 17/04/2008
‘If you’ve watched a plane be deiced, you’ve probably seen a Task Force Tips (TFT) product in action,’ said president Stewart McMillan. TFT makes water delivery solutions – nozzles, hoses and valves – for clients worldwide including firefighters and aerospace firms. Full Story...

Washing eggs with fuzzy logic 18/03/2008
Arriving at a solution sometimes comes from learning a different way to express the problem. Fuzzy logic has been around for more than forty years, so it isn’t anything new to the controls community. Full Story...

Rockwell Automation : Process Solutions 17/01/2008
White paper and literature downloads, brought to you by Rockwell Automation Full Story...

Premier Power boosts compressor control 16/01/2008
Premier Power has installed a SCADA solution to monitor compressor status in the control room of its gas-fired electricity generating station B at Ballylumford, Northern Ireland. Full Story...

Condition Monitoring: Some Economic Issues 01/09/2007
New ways to gather information, such as wireless networking, plus information integration are helping users avoid costly downtime on their equipment. Full Story...

Schneider ramps up participation with ODVA 20/04/2007
Schneider Electric has upped its involvement to become a principle member of ODVA, joining Cisco Systems, Eaton Electrical, Omron Corporation and Rockwell Automation. Full Story...

Rockwell buys ProsCon 22/02/2007
Rockwell Automation, on 1 February 2007, acquired Ireland-based engineering company, ProsCon Holdings. Full Story...

Rockwell adds family to switch range 06/12/2006
Rockwell Automation claims to boost machine safety with a family of coded non-contact switches. Full Story...