Rockwell's Automation Fair took place in Chicago this week. More than 14,000 people pre-registered for the event. And judging from the lines at lunch, a lot of them actually showed up to see the latest automation products and technologies from Rockwell and its partner companies. Read Senior Editor Joe Ogando's blog posts below for a first-hand look at technologies and trends from the show floor.
End-users Want Smarter Machines
If you want to supply machines to the big boys of consumer product manufacturing, you better smarten up. Smarten up your machines, that is. That message came out loud and clear at Rockwell’s Automation Fair, which this year hosted a forum for OEM machine builders. Read More
Rockwell Talks Direct-Drive At Automation Fair
Direct-drive motors have been around for years, but this still-underutilized motion technology will likely get a big boost next year. Rockwell Automation's plans to introduce a brand new line of rotary direct-drive motors as part of its Kinetix integrated motion control portfolio has important design and development implications. Read More
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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