Rockwell announces process strategy

08 May 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.

Chemical facility
Chemical facility

As technology advances blur the distinctions between discrete and analogue control systems, Rockwell says its solutions demonstrate the ability of Integrated Architecture to be used in traditional DCS environments.

The company hopes to open up a new realm of facility-wide optimisation for its core industries by integrating high-speed discrete, drives and motion control applications with process applications.

A partnership, established in 2005, with Endress+Hauser is claimed to provide tools to simplify integration and improve plant performance. Furthermore, the ProsCon and ICSTriplex acquisitions are claimed to provide the engineering capability to deliver complete turnkey installations.

ARC Advisory Group believes that the next few years are a critical opportunity for control system suppliers to win market share.

‘Many end users are in the process of deciding who their new control system supplier will be for the next 10 or 20 years, and the suppliers that get their foot in the door will succeed in the long term,’ said the research and advisory firm.

ARC predicts 7% market growth year-on-year through to 2010 as these ageing process automation systems are replaced.

‘Control system migration continues to be an important issue for manufacturers faced with ageing of Process Automation systems, combined with the compelling value proposition of information technology available from today’s automation suppliers.’

Rockwell claims that it can assist customers with quick migration to newer technology while minimising downtime and maximising operational success.

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