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Remarkable Warehouse Automation Digital Transformation & What Manufacturers Can Learn

Remarkable Warehouse Automation Digital Transformation & What Manufacturers Can Learn

September 13, 2021

Warehouse automation is an early adopter of smart technologies that enable innovative digital transformation. Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Mike Berg, Solutions Marketing Manager - Industrial Automation with Panduit, about industry trends putting increased pressure on warehouses and distribution centers.

They examine new technologies that make them more efficient, reliable, and better equipped to handle demand – especially with the substantial growth in online ordering since COVID-19 hit. You might be surprised at the high-tech operations inside a fulfillment center.

Also learn about the network infrastructure required to support those technologies, and what manufacturers can learn from warehouse automation.

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Tech Spotlight: Industrial Linear Modules

Tech Spotlight: Industrial Linear Modules

September 1, 2021

In this “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Adam Shank, Regional Sales Engineer at LinMot USA, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner.

They talk about the company’s DM01 industrial linear modules for the pharmaceutical industry. You’ll learn how direct-drive system eliminates the need for high-wear components such as belts, screws, cams, or gears, and thus reduces maintenance and extends service life.

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Tech Spotlight: HMI Systems for Hazardous Locations

Tech Spotlight: HMI Systems for Hazardous Locations

August 16, 2021

In this special “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Aaron Severa, Product Manager for HMI, FieldConnex and Remote IO at Pepperl+Fuchs, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner. They discuss two of the company’s HMI systems.

The new VisuNet GXP HMI for Zone 1 hazardous applications, and an option for Zone 2 and for Division 2 locations, is a modular platform comprised of a few individually protected and certified components. Also see the VisuNet Edge HMI for Division 1 areas. Learn how they both integrate with Rockwell Automation ThinManager thin client software.

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How to Use Protective Relay Data to Cut Costs

How to Use Protective Relay Data to Cut Costs

July 28, 2021

Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Mark Zeller, sales and customer service director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), a Rockwell Automation Digital Partner.

They discuss how digital protective relays gather and use data for electrical protection in manufacturing plants, and how to download the data. Also see examples of how the information can help you monitor health of devices connected to your power system, and thus predict problems before they occur, such as a circuit or motor failure.

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Smart Water Initiatives for the Water Wastewater Industry

Smart Water Initiatives for the Water Wastewater Industry

July 15, 2021

Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Damon Sepe, Business Development Manager at Rockwell Automation, about digital transformation and smart water initiatives for the water wastewater industry.

They discuss why we need smart water initiatives, and where investments are increasing across hardware, software and services. You’ll also learn what 3 key areas comprise digital solutions for smart water plants; why cyberthreats are a real concern; and how the COVID pandemic has affected water infrastructure.

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Lessons from the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack & Steps to Take

Lessons from the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack & Steps to Take

May 20, 2021

The ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline on May 7, 2021, is considered the most impactful cyberattack against U.S. critical infrastructure to date, but it’s not the only one. Many infrastructure and manufacturing facility cyberattacks occur that we don’t hear about.

So in this episode, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Grant Geyer, Chief Product Officer at Claroty, a leading industrial cybersecurity firm and a Rockwell Automation Digital Partner. They examine how the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack happened, as well as how the February 2021 Oldsmar, Florida water treatment cyberattack occurred, and the far-reaching effects. Also learn about the importance of the asset operator as the first line of defense.

Also learn about the asset operator’s role as the first line of defense; how converged IT/OT networks are vital for ICS efficiency, but also increase the attack surface available — and what to do about it; the technical and organizational features of a well-thought-out cyber defense; lessons learned that are useful for every industrial firm and critical infrastructure facility. And much more.

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• Blog: Ongoing Colonial Pipeline Attack Unprecedented Against U.S. Critical Infrastructure: https://claroty.com/2021/05/10/blog-research-colonial-pipeline
• Blog: Implications of the Cybersecurity Executive Order for Industrial Enterprises: https://claroty.com/2021/05/13/blog-cybersecurity-executive-order
• ICS Risk & Vulnerability Report, with data points pertaining to the energy sector: https://security.claroty.com/biannual-ics-risk-vulnerability-report-2H-2020
• Claroty website: https://claroty.com  

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How Wearable Computers are Changing the Workforce

How Wearable Computers are Changing the Workforce

May 17, 2021

Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Andrew Chrostowski, Chairman of the Board and CEO of RealWear, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner. They talk about how head-mounted, hands-free wearable tablet computers are helping with workforce challenges, including the retiring workforce and increased remote workers because of pandemic, as well as efficiency and safety.  

They also talk about the role of the “connected worker,” typical applications such as maintenance and operations, and what kind of problems wearable computers are designed to help with. Also see how your work will change as wearable communications become more common, how the role of wearable computers will expand in the next few years, and more.

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What is Edge Computing, and Is It for You?

What is Edge Computing, and Is It for You?

November 16, 2020

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Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats about all things edge computing with Jason Andersen, Vice President of Strategy and Product Management at Stratus Technologies, a Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner. 

We answer the question many people have: What is edge computing, and how is it different from the cloud? You’ll learn how to know if it will help you, with considerations for types of applications and the amount and speed of data collection. We chat about what’s involved in implementing edge computing and examples of edge computing at work in real companies. Jason also describes how OEMs are using edge computing to provide new capabilities for customers.

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Machine Vision Camera Trends and How They Affect Your Production Line

Machine Vision Camera Trends and How They Affect Your Production Line

November 10, 2020

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In this episode of “Automation Chat,” Executive Editor Theresa Houck talks with Dave Sexton with Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner Imperx, Inc. We talk about trends in machine vision — specifically, industrial camera technology trends happening now, the exciting advancements to come, and what those developments mean to you and your production line.

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How Automating Production-Line Labeling Helps Prevent Bottlenecks & Recalls

How Automating Production-Line Labeling Helps Prevent Bottlenecks & Recalls

November 9, 2020

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Did you know that in the last 5 years, the #1 reason for recalls has been because of mislabeled products?

Printing equipment sometimes is not considered a resource that generates revenue. But if a printer goes down, no product is going out the door. In this episode of “Automation Chat,” Executive Editor Theresa Houck is joined by Adem Kulazovic, Director of Product Management at Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner Domino Amjet, to talk about how coding automation can help improve productivity, reduce errors and avoid unplanned downtime.

Coding automation means automating the manual process of ensuring the correct information is printed on the right products and packages, reducing human error in label selection and management, then integrating that data with existing ERP or SCADA systems. We also chat about the importance of industrial communications standards such as Fieldbus for communication and data sharing; and more.

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