Collaboration aims to show benefits of IIoT

23 November 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).

As manufacturers look to gain value from the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), they need to streamline and integrate processes as this is one of the most efficient steps to achieve an IIoT-ready production and supply networks. 

At Rockwell’s recent Automation Fair event, in the US, FANUC America and Rockwell Automation demonstrated the latest technologies for secure remote monitoring and safety aggregation to reduce downtime and boost plant-floor productivity.

“Industrial IoT technologies are delivering on the promise of enabling operators to have access to the timely, contextualised information they need in order to prevent downtime,” said Sujeet Chand, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Rockwell Automation. “Working with FANUC, we can help customers gain access to the data that previously was either unavailable or trapped in their operations. This data is drawn from smart industrial assets, and then contextualised and delivered with actionable information related to asset health, performance and energy usage.”

Advances in monitoring and managing remote, combined with a secure network infrastructure provided by Rockwell Automation and Cisco, can help customers achieve their productivity and optimisation goals, says the company. 

“Companies are continuously searching out the latest manufacturing technologies that will help them drive future growth, innovation and profitability,” said Rick Schneider, president and CEO, FANUC America. “In the future, products such as Zero Downtime (ZDT), a cloud-based application, could virtually eliminate unexpected production downtime.” These developments build on the initial collaboration between FANUC and Rockwell Automation, starting four years ago, in the CNC and Logix PAC environments.

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