Rockwell and Endress+Hauser open joint test plant

09 November 2016

Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser recently opened their first joint test plant in Europe for the validation of new products.

Core elements of the test plant, which is situated at Endress+Hauser’s site in Maulburg in Germany include three tanks, each containing between 2,000 and 26,000 liters of oil. Over 20 different measurement instruments from Endress+Hauser have been installed on the tanks, all communicating with Rockwell Automation’s Plant PAx control system. In this way, all personnel at the test center obtain specific information and diagnostics relating to the tank contents at a glance.

The original idea for such an installation came from training centers established by Endress+Hauser with the support of Rockwell Automation in recent years which offers sales representatives and product specialists from both companies practical training sessions for customers. These courses comprise installation training, simulations under real conditions, diagnostics and comparisons of different technologies.

The joint test center takes this idea a step further and establishes new standards and focuses on product validation. Research and development take center stage to align new products to customer requirements at an early stage of development under real application and environmental conditions. 

The alliance between the company was forged by the former CEOs, Keith Nosbusch and Klaus Endress, who promised to combine their strengths for the benefit of customers and to create systems which communicate flawlessly with each other. In Maulburg, this includes research and development, training employees and customers and offering hands-on learning for students. 

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