Automation Fair, one of the world’s largest industrial automation events, was held in Chicago, Illinois on November 20 to 21. It brought together a large number of experts in digital transformation and technology trends worldwide.
The fair featured more than 150 exhibiting companies, 400 hours of technical sessions, hands-on labs and beyond 10,000 technical experts from eight specialty industries. Also, the technology exhibition received over 19,000 attendees from at least 40 countries around the world.
Blake Moret, Chairman, and CEO of Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest automation, and industrial information company, explained that the event seeks to introduce customers, investors, and partners to the experiences of automation leaders and specialists. It is a space for relationship-building to be more productive and sustainable.
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«Technology simplifies processes, reduces costs and generates savings to the companies’ processes; it is efficient and simple,» said Blake Moret. «Rockwell Automation lives from innovation, unleashing the creative spirit in existing employees, new people, and their partners. We have a special and unique relationship with our partners.”
During his keynote speech, Moret announced that Rockwell Automation and Accenture’s Industry X.0 will team up to develop a digital offering and capitalize on the expertise of both companies, offering new capabilities for further optimization of the industrial supply chain.
Automated nonprofit aid
Advanced manufacturing and nonprofit enterprise are two terms often not heard together, but thanks to Rockwell Automation, it is a formula that could soon be a trend. Maria Kasparian, Executive Director of Edesia, a nonprofit organization that fights malnutrition worldwide, detailed that they have improved their goals with the help of automation, going from a production of 9,000 tons of product to 25,000. In this way, they are saving millions of lives and continuing in their quest to eradicate the death of infants under 5 years of age due to malnutrition.
Rockwell and Schlumberger partner to create Sensia
Schlumberger and Rockwell Automation validated the creation of Sensia, whose core business is automated oil services for the oil and gas industry. Rockwell Automation accounts for 53% of the company, while Schlumberger accounts for 47%.
After just one month of operations, Sensia is the largest solutions provider for the digitization and automation of production, processing, and hydrocarbon transportation. The new company combines the global reach of both companies; Schlumberger’s knowledge of the oil and gas industry, and Rockwell Automation’s expertise.
Sensia will focus on the growing need for digitization and automation that exists at all facilities in this crucial industry to the global economy. «By partnering, we reduce complexity and risk, and achieve better results with comprehensive, enterprise-wide experience,» said Blake Moret.
Looking to the Future: ‘You Make It Challenge
One of the special spaces of Automation Fair was the selection of the winner of the «You Make It Challenge» contest, for which Rockwell Automation invited young inventors to present their ideas to solve big problems. Three finalists met with company executives and the world’s press: Louisa Wood, Michael Wilborne and Makai Samuels-Paige. Wood took home the grand prize with her «sump-pump» flood monitoring solution, which allows anticipation to save multiple lives and avoid major disasters.