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The Automation Fair® event from Rockwell Automation, with technology demonstrations and educational events, is a great opportunity to explore smart, safe, sustainable manufacturing solutions designed to improve your productivity and profitability. This resource center provides videos and other resources to help you get the most from your industrial automation technology. You’ll find information from leaders in this industry: Rockwell Automation and member companies of its PartnerNetworkTM.

Automation Fair Partner Videos

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Endress+Hauser

From Automation Fair 2012 in Philadelphia: Todd Lucey from Endress+Hauser highlights the company's process instrumentation for flow and level control, including its Promass and Promag flowmeters for liquid and gas flows. Learn about the company's investment in U.S. manufacturing, and in R&D to co-develop products for seamless integration with Rockwell Automation solutions. Also, Endress+Hauser's new Process Training Units are providing hands-on training at miniature process plants.

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Fluke Corp.

From Automation Fair 2012 in Philadelphia: David Epperson from Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner Fluke Corp. describes the new CNX 3000 Wireless System, a suite of five tools that connect wirelessly to make your job easier by delivering real-time measurements that are remote, simultaneous and recordable. The CNX Wireless digital multimeter serves as the hub for the system and takes readings from four types of wireless modules: AC current clamp, iFlex current clamp, AC voltage and temperature — at the same time on the same screen.

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Grace Engineered Products, Inc.

Video from Automation Fair 2012: Phil Allen from Grace Engineered Products, a Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner, demonstrates Permanent Electrical Safety Devices (PESDs), which provide lockout/tagout (LOTO) safety measures by allowing for thru-door electrical safety and NFPA 70E /CSA Z462 and OSHA compliance. The PESDs allow a visual indication outside the panel that voltage is present (or not present). GracePorts are fully customizable PLC ports, and users can select their specific power options.

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Hoffman - Pentair Technical Products

From Automation Fair 2012 in Philadelphia: Kenan Hanhan from Hoffman -- Pentair Technical Products, a Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner, describes the company's Excelerate program for its industrial enclosures and racks for mounting hubs, switches, routers and servers. More than 12,000 standard products are though Authorized Allen-Bradley Distributors, available in 3 days. Modified solutions are available in 10-15 days, and custom solutions also are available.

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From Automation Fair 2012 in Philadelphia: Rick Sabo from item North America describes how structural aluminum profiles offer advantages of flexibility and cost compared to welded steel structures. He demonstrates linear actuators and custom enclosures & structures available in a range of sizes designed to help industrial firms improve safety and productivity.

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Littelfuse Inc.

Video from Automation Fair 2012: Tony Locker from Littelfuse Inc., a Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner, describes how arc-flash relays help protect workers from arc-flash incidents by shutting down power if an arc-flash event occurs. Built-in redundancy provides high reliability, and the relays prevent nuisance tripping by detecting current and light with 24 sensors.

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Molex

From Automation Fair 2012 in Philadelphia: George Kairys from Molex describes the company's eNetMeter DeviceNet diagnostic tools, including portable models, which identify net power, data and excessive bandwidth consumption problems on the network. The eNetMeter continuously monitors the network and sends information to a PLC or PC monitoring system to optimize network performance. Kairys also demos PAC communications modules that allow Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and SLC 500 controllers to communicate seamlessly with non-Rockwell Automation hardware.

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Panduit Corp.

From Automation Fair 2012 in Philadelphia. Paul Herbst from Panduit Corp., a Rockwell Automation Strategic Alliance Partner, explains how a Unified Physical Infrastructure (UPI) helps users connect, manage and automate communications, computing, power, control and security systems to cut costs and increase safety. Learn how Panduit works with Cisco and Rockwell Automation to delivered complete managed switch solutions and to increase network connectivity between IT & manufacturing.

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RF Ideas, Inc.

From Automation Fair 2012 in Philadelphia: Mark Westol from Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner RF Ideas demonstrates new radio-frequency security access reader that leverages EtherNet/IP to provide seamless integration with Rockwell Automation control systems. The card reader speeds access to PACs, PLCs, HMI software and other industrial applications by using a door-access badge program to eliminating manual entry and saving about 20 minutes per employee per week.

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Stratus Technologies

Video from Automation Fair 2012: Frank Hill from Stratus Technologies, a Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner, explains how a fault-tolerant server infrastructure supports visualization on the plant floor and provides round-the-clock monitoring to maintain network reliability and uptime. Patented lockstep technology uses duplicated hardware components that are locked together to provide redundancy, and ease of use means users don't need IT experience to maintain the system.

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Teledyne DALSA

From Automation Fair 2012 in Philadelphia: David Richardson from Teledyne DALSA describes the company's machine vision solutions for product inspection and traceability. Smart cameras use the new BOAVision software that runs on Allen-Bradley PanelView HMI, and the cameras integrate with Rockwell Automation programmable controllers via EtherNet/IP.

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Zeppelin Systems USA Inc.

From Automation Fair 2012 in Philadelphia: Jack Kilbride from system integrator Zeppelin Systems USA Inc. describes how the company can integrate Rockwell Automation technology with existing systems for batch, process or discrete operations. Zeppelin serves North America, South America and Europe for industrial firms in the food & beverage, consumer packaged goods, plastics/compounding, life sciences, material handling and pharmaceutical industries. In addition to integration services, the company builds process equipment.

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FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Student Program

Video from Automation Fair 2012: Martha Dickey from FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) describes the competition in which young people discover how interesting and rewarding it is to be engineers and researchers. Teams are challenged to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard kit of parts and a common set of rules to build robotic solutions. Students are rewarded for design excellence, team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles.

News from Automation Fair 2012

OEMs Leverage Information for Position, Price
Manufacturers are looking to OEMs to provide machines that integrate easily into their customers’ plantwide infrastructures. OEMs, in turn, are turning to their automation suppliers. Learn how using a single control and information platform allows machines to generate. Read more »

Flexibility Driving the Future of Automation
The sheer volume of production data is so great that many manufacturers are drowning in it, and this isn't helped by all the proprietary formats out there. Discover how and why flexible production and cloud computing are paving the way to better business decision-making. Read more »

Oil & Gas Producers Innovate to Tap Hard-to-Reach Resources
Oil and gas firms are coping with higher capital operating costs and increasing regulations, and operators are overwhelmed with data. Find out how tablets and smart phones are optimizing data to help with all these challenges. Read more »

Manufacturers Share Sustainability Wins
Energy is a variable that can be controlled and optimized. Learn how companies can use an Integrated Architecture to optimize a fragmented environment, comprised of disparate systems into a connected, information-enabled plant and supply network. Read more »

Food Manufacturers Seek Safe and Secure Production
Find out how manufacturers can improve product consistency, throughput, data gathering and reporting to improve sustainability, productivity and innovation while delivering the quality assurance that consumers expect. Read more »

Automotive Globalization Pushes Standardization
The automotive industry has been operating on an increasingly global level, and where the car manufacturers go, so must their suppliers. See how leaders like Ford and American Axle are using mobile technologies and EtherNet/IP to reap the benefits of global automation. Read more »

How to Tell a Life Science Leader from a Laggard
High performers and low performers in life sciences approach operational excellence issues differently. Manufacturing operations still are driven by cost, but visibility and globalization are a concern. Learn how the leaders are optimizing and automating the business process. Read more »

Smart Manufacturing Will Rise to Global Challenges
As massive, new middle-class consumer markets emerge, demands are increasing resources and commodities, shortening life cycles and stretching supply chains. See how smart manufacturing — a highly connected, knowledge-enabled industrial enterprise — will allow manufacturers to enhanced productivity and economic performance. Read more »

PlantPAx Users Reaping Virtualization Benefits
Virtualization is very real for users of the Rockwell Automation PlantPAxTM process automation system. Find out about the success stories shared at the Automation Fair 2012 Process Solutions User Group (PSUG), in applications ranging from pharmaceuticals to power generation. Read more »

Making a Business Case for Safety
In manufacturing companies, there are many risk managers, but not enough risk leaders who know how to leverage risk to improve safety and machine performance to build a competitive advantage. Learn more about the direct link between safety and total cost of risk. Read more »


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The Journal educates industrial engineers, managers, operators, programmers and other technical personnel about automation industry news and machine control trends, and technology from Rockwell Automation and its strategic partner companies. The publication meets readers’ information needs through how-to articles, case studies, trend updates, vendor guides, and reports about Rockwell Automation’s popular private tradeshow, Automation Fair.

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