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Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork: Power of Collaboration for Customers

Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork: Power of Collaboration for Customers

September 27, 2022

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Did you know Rockwell Automation has a global network of prominent companies that provide products and services compatible with Rockwell Automation solutions? It's called the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork, and these technology suppliers, system integrators, OEMs and distributors collaborate to provide the right automation and manufacturing solution for customers.

In this episode, Executive Editor Theresa Houck talks with Johannes zu Eltz, Vice President of Global Market Access with Rockwell Automation. He explains how and why the company has built this powerful ecosystem of collaborating companies. Here’s a hint: It’s all about the customer.

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Understand Single Pair Ethernet & Ethernet-APL Like You Never Have Before

Understand Single Pair Ethernet & Ethernet-APL Like You Never Have Before

August 11, 2022

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In this episode of award-winning “Automation Chat,” Executive Editor Theresa Houck talks with Dr. Al Beydoun, President and Executive Director of ODVA, a leading standards development organization and membership association. After listening to this podcast, you’ll walk away understanding what Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) and Ethernet-APL are and what implementation looks like.

Find out what makes them unique, technical benefits and trends motivating manufacturers to increase their adoption, and their impact on smart manufacturing.

Also learn 5 major ways SPE and Ethernet-APL help engineers, how they affect cabling and network topologies, and how ODVA works with industry suppliers and associations on standards development.

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Trends in Smart Water & Sustainability, and What it Means to You

Trends in Smart Water & Sustainability, and What it Means to You

July 19, 2022

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It’s vital for industrial firms and municipalities that use water in their processes to maintain regulatory compliance while helping to mitigate the global water shortage. In this episode, Executive Editor Theresa Houck discusses the role of digital technologies in helping organization achieve their water sustainability goals, including trends supporting their activities. She’s joined by Damon Sepe, Rockwell Automation Business Development Manager.

In their eye-opening chat, you’ll learn:

  1. Why water sustainability has become a top priority for many companies.
  2. What types of water organizations there are besides municipalities, and why they’re motivated to improve water sustainability.
  3. The challenges they face achieving sustainability goals.
  4. Trends in water wastewater and digital technologies, also called smart water, and how the trends influence how they achieve their goals.
  5. Why we don’t see greater global adoption of desalination treatment.

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How to Use Process Instrumentation IIoT Data

How to Use Process Instrumentation IIoT Data

July 12, 2022

Process instrumentation is critical to process management. In this insightful Q&A, Ryan Williams, Strategic Business Manager for Digital Solutions at Endress+Hauser, talks with Executive Editor Theresa Houck about how to integrate IIoT data into your process operations to drive collaboration and optimize analytics. Also learn about strategies to organize, secure and share data gathered from sensors, control systems and monitoring systems, and what data visualization tools operators can use to help improve decision-making.

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How Industrial Analytics Work & What’s Coming Next

How Industrial Analytics Work & What’s Coming Next

May 11, 2022

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In this episode of “Automation Chat,” Executive Editor Theresa Houck discusses advanced analytics in industrial automation and their role in improving business results for any size company. She is joined by Chirayu Shah, Rockwell Automation Product Head of Edge to Cloud & Analytics. 

Learn about descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and cognitive analytics and why they're important to your organization as well as your specific job role.

Find out how to understand the context of your data; how edge and cloud technologies are processing data at much higher rates, supporting AI and machine learning to improve efficiency and business results. Get real-world examples of how manufacturers are using analytics.

And find out key trends and why they matter to you.

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12 Industrial Automation Trends in 2022

12 Industrial Automation Trends in 2022

April 12, 2022

In this episode from The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, Executive Editor Theresa Houck discusses 2022 industrial automation trends affecting manufacturers and producers on their digital transformation journey.

Learn about the strategies and smart technologies companies are using to improve agility, productivity and performance — especially to help deal with the challenges of COVID-19, supply chain disruptions and skilled labor shortages that have arisen in recent years. 

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Successful Strategies for Mitigating Manufacturing Supply Chain Disruptions

Successful Strategies for Mitigating Manufacturing Supply Chain Disruptions

March 22, 2022

In this episode from The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, Executive Editor Theresa Houck details the steps some manufacturers are taking to successfully build resilience and agility into their supply chain so they can recover from a shortage of people, products or capacity. Our hope is that some of these can help you. You’ll learn the common thread in all of them is the use of digital solutions, data analytics and IT/OT convergence.

Agility allows you to make faster changes, and will help verify the right cost, service and quality given external market factors. Resilience will mitigate the impact of disruption where there are potential points of failure.

It’s useful to understand how and why the supply chain disruptions happen so you can evaluate your processes and technologies to minimize the impact. Theresa reviews the domino effect that started when COVID-19 hit in 2020, then examines ongoing factors that continue to resonate — including the China lockdown due to a COVID resurgence, labor shortages, a recent earthquake in Japan, the truck driver shortage, and particularly, the Russia/Ukraine war.

She examines catastrophic effects on the food and beverage industry, including the price and availability of bread, meat and eggs, and how food security is threatened in many parts of the world. Also learn about the semiconductor chip & other electronics and automobile industries, with reduced production in China, Europe and the United States that delay production and increase supplier and OEM costs.

Learn the real reasons behind The Great Resignation cited by MIT data and other research. And see how some manufacturers are successfully using cross-training, upskilling, labor-supporting technology like robotics or AGVs, and other strategies to streamline work and improve productivity and worker satisfaction.

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To learn more about how to build resiliency into your supply chain, download our newly released 2022 Supply Chain Reliability eBook.

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The Gray Market: True Risks of Buying Products Through an Unsecured Supply Chain

The Gray Market: True Risks of Buying Products Through an Unsecured Supply Chain

February 28, 2022

In this episode of “Automation Chat” from The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, Executive Editor Theresa Houck discusses the gray market — products sold legally, but outside of the brand's permission. This isn’t an issue limited to just Rockwell Automation; it applies to all industrial automation suppliers.

What’s the difference between an Authorized Distributor and the gray market? Are counterfeit products really a big problem? And how can you tell if a product is counterfeit — or can you? What’s the harm in buying refurbished or used parts and equipment from an “unauthorized” source?

Theresa chats with Ryan Smaglik, Head of Revenue and Brand Protection at Rockwell Automation. He’s well-versed on what’s happening in the gray market, the risks of acquiring products through an unsecured supply chain, the ramifications those products can have for users, and examples of bad experiences customers have had. You’ll find his insights to be eye-opening.

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EXCLUSIVE: Gina Ayala Claxton, President, Americas Region, Rockwell Automation

EXCLUSIVE: Gina Ayala Claxton, President, Americas Region, Rockwell Automation

February 9, 2022

We’re thrilled to bring you this EXCLUSIVE interview with Gina Ayala Claxton, the new President for the Americas Region at Rockwell Automation, who just started in January. She chats with Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine.

Part of Gina’s new role is to help make the customer experience easier. Find out what this means for current and future customers. She also explains why building high-performance teams requires diversity not only in race, gender and other traditional ways, but in thought. And learn what it means to her to be the first Latina President for the Americas, and how she plans to continue her advocacy for equality and inclusion.  

They also chat about the unique relationship of Rockwell Automation, its Authorized Allen-Bradley® Distributors, and companies in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ program for delivering products to customers.

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Highlights from the 2021 Automation Fair Event in Houston

Highlights from the 2021 Automation Fair Event in Houston

January 24, 2022

In this episode of “Automation Chat” from The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, Executive Editor Theresa Houck reviews highlights from the 2021 Automation Fair® event, hosted by Rockwell Automation Nov. 10-11 in Houston. Learn about the 100+ exhibits from Rockwell Automation and companies in its PartnerNetwork, the event’s hands-on labs, training sessions, industry-focused forums, and keynote presentations. Also learn about 3 trends evident from the technology on display on the show floor.

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