Design machines with integration in mind

Learn more about the big picture at Automation Fair

By Mike Bacidore, chief editor

No machine is an island.

It is designed and built to be part of a line that integrates with an entire plant’s production ecosystem—The Connected Enterprise, if you will.

In addition to the local intelligence that results from smart edge devices, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) extends that integration even further with data-sharing and cloud-based analytics that are only as beneficial as the Integrated Architecture that the machine shares.

Integrated control systems facilitate smart manufacturing. Integrated Architecture enables machine builders to design, build and deploy an industrial control system at a machine-level and expand it to line-level.

It can then be scaled across multiple lines or even to entire plants to achieve enterprise-wide business objectives. Integrated Architecture helps manufacturers to converge control and information to deliver The Connected Enterprise with smarter technology, enhanced productivity and a more secure environment.

Controls engineers, operators and technicians all are stakeholders in a successful integration that leads to optimized production and profitability.

This November, the chance to learn more about how to design equipment and include the right automation and controls to ensure successful machine integration will take place at the annual Automation Fair event.

This year, it’s in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

At the 2017 Automation Fair event, hosted by Rockwell Automation, attendees will see how The Connected Enterprise has helped manufacturers achieve faster time to market, optimize assets, lower total cost of ownership and mitigate risk.

But there will also be a full serving of the latest control system network infrastructure based on standard, unmodified EtherNet/IP, safety, power and information technologies.

Don’t miss out on all of the solutions you’re looking for in one place. More than 150 exhibitors will be available to answer your questions in the show hall, November 15-16. And more than 110 forums, hands-on labs and technical sessions will take place. And for those interested, the Process Solutions User Group and Automation Perspectives will take place earlier in the week.