Rockwell Automation, Cisco announce collaboration
Companies plan to focus on process automation
Rockwell Automation and Cisco will work together to build reference architectures using standard networking technologies such as EtherNet/IP and providing market education to enable people and process optimization.
"Customers are telling us they want linked reference architectures supporting both the office network environment and the factory floor," said Paul McNab, vice-president of Enterprise Marketing for Cisco . "Both plant and IT managers need secure, real-time visibility between the production floor and enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and supply chain management systems. This network architecture will allow manufacturers to achieve real-time visibility with a secure control network using Ethernet."
"Rockwell Automation and Cisco have come together to determine how enterprise-wide Ethernet network topologies can help manufacturers meet current market challenges, as well as anticipate and be ready for demands of the future," said Steve Eisenbrown, senior vice-president of Architecture and Software, Rockwell Automation .
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
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