Day one of the 2014 Automation Fair event in Anaheim, California, was similar to the opening days of each of the previous 22 years, with one distinctive difference – an eventwide focus on The Connected Enterprise.
More than 9,000 attendees from around the globe attended day one of the annual event, hosted by Rockwell Automation and the members of its PartnerNetwork program. Manufacturers, industrial operators, global media and analysts heard how The Connected Enterprise can fundamentally change the way manufacturers and producers do business.
At the event, attendees have free access to the industry’s best suppliers in automated control and information solutions, and advanced automation technologies. Rockwell Automation designed the event to help improve customers’ innovation, productivity and collaboration through discussions, technical education sessions, and hands-on labs.
“This year’s Automation Fair event is helping attendees learn how to realize The Connected Enterprise through linking intelligent assets and optimizing industrial operations, in turn making their organizations more globally competitive and productive,” said Keith D. Nosbusch, chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “Attendees are seeing firsthand how knowledge-enabled strategies – made possible by our Integrated Control and Information portfolio of products, services and solutions – are helping companies accelerate smart, safe and sustainable business performance.”
Many process automation professionals arrived early in Anaheim to participate in the annual Rockwell Automation Process Solutions User Group (PSUG) meeting on Nov. 17 and 18. Operations, IT and engineering professionals in process industries selected from 20 educational sessions and networked with peers and leaders. They also gave feedback that will help direct development priorities for the PlantPAx process automation system from Rockwell Automation.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, global media and industry analysts attended the half-day media forum, Automation Perspectives, to hear how manufacturers and producers are operationalizing The Connected Enterprise. Industry leaders and Rockwell Automation executives discussed the benefits of Connected Enterprise implementation – such as improved flexibility and agility in meeting demand – and its challenges, including increased security risks. Speakers addressed the role of information-enabled machines at the site-level, best practices for employee training and utilization, and ways to manage uptime in facilities. They also discussed the role of remote asset management, business growth with their customers, and how MES brings it all together.