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Innovative App Delivers Huge Advantage for Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation

Client Profile

Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Throughout the world, their flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® product brands are recognized for innovation and excellence.

Business Situation

Manufacturing hardware margins are being compressed as the industry experiences increasing commoditization. To protect their market share and deliver smarter solutions to their clients, Rockwell Automation has continued to expand their software offering by bringing a host of industrial automation products to market, including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) FactoryTalk Cloud platform.

FactoryTalk Cloud helps Rockwell Automation’s clients avoid catastrophic facility shutdowns. For example, if a paper machine at Kimberly-Clark goes down, it can cost millions of dollars in lost productivity as they try to identify and fix the issue. Companies can’t afford to let that happen.

With FactoryTalk Cloud, both Rockwell Automation and their client can remotely monitor all equipment, sensors, PLCs and data gateways. By using advanced algorithms and machine learning, it can predict when a piece of equipment needs to be serviced or may have a problem before it happens. When maintenance is needed, FactoryTalk Cloud can automatically schedule maintenance by interfacing with the Field Service module of Microsoft Dynamics 365. It also facilitates communication between users with Skype integration. For example, if someone in management is monitoring a remote facility and sees a problem, they can Skype the plant manager (who can be on the plant floor with his mobile device) and coordinate efforts to troubleshoot and repair the problem.

IoT is a key enabler of FactoryTalk’s Connected Enterprise. It delivers a real-time, personalized, and visual view of operations, allowing users to drill into data and collaborate with others who have a role in supporting production facilities. It is a critical piece of software for any manufacturing company, and Rockwell Automation was looking for help in how to visualize its capabilities.

"Skyline’s ability to quickly deliver such a high quality and innovative tool has delivered a truly transformative platform for Rockwell Automation. Its attractiveness and ease-of-use has given us a huge advantage in attracting new business."

John Dyck
Former Global Director -
Software Business Development
Rockwell Automation

Technologies Used

azure  Microsoft Azure
dynamics 365  Microsoft Dynamics 365
power bi  Microsoft Power BI
skype  Microsoft Skype for Business
visual studios  Microsoft Visual Studios Online
invision  InVision
sketch  Sketch
zeplin  Zeplin