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Exploring Cisco Partners in Automation Fair’s EtherNet/IP Partner Booth 1407

November 9, 2012 at 10:32 am PST

A recent blog by Sue Nolin discussed the EtherNet/IP Network Infrastructure on display in the joint partner booth at Automation Fair this week.

In this video Paul Didier, Cisco’s Solution Architect, tells us about the partners in that booth and how their combined technologies provide the core foundation for successful standard IP network deployments in a plant environment.

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A 6-year evolution of Cisco at Rockwell’s Automation Fair

November 8, 2012 at 6:56 am PST

Chet Namboodri, Cisco’s Director of Global Industries for Manufacturing and Automotive and long-time Automation Fair participant shares his evolutionary perspective.

Cisco and IP have transformed the way we do business. 

Consider how IP has unified communication services – phone calls, faxes, voicemail, web conferencing can all be delivered to any handset.  IP lowers infrastructure costs by allowing voice and data to run over a single network.

In commerce, IP maximizes mobile user productivity by allowing businesses to support anytime, anywhere and any device access.

IP is now making an impact on industrial networking.  It’s allowing businesses to maximize their operational efficiency and quickly adapt to change. Cisco and IP (Internet Protocol) are helping industrial customers develop robust, secure, future-ready and cost effective EtherNet/IP (Industrial Protocol) for their distributed network applications.

The evolution of Cisco’s impact on industrial networking is evident in how our participation has changed and grown at Rockwell’s Automation Fair. Read More »

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Cisco Demonstrations at Automation Fair This Week! Philadelphia, Nov 7th and 8th, 2012

November 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm PST

This week sees the beginning of Automation Fair, and this blog will tell you more about the demonstrations you’ll be able to see.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, Cisco speakers will be featured at the Food and Beverage Industry Forum and the Global Machine & Equipment Builders Industry Forum as well as during technical workshop sessions. In addition, demonstrations will be on show at Cisco Booth #1307, and that’s what I wanted to tell you about in this blog. This is a great opportunity to network with Cisco and industry thought leaders and technical experts, whilst actually seeing live demonstrations at the booth.

Watch the video for details of the demonstrations, to get a better feel for what’s being shown.

Here’s a brief summary of what’s going on: Read More »

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Manufacturing Robotics: Automation with Emotion

I enjoy Halloween.  I particularly enjoy passing out candy and treats to the children and being amused by their costumes.  Some are very creative, and cute.   A young girl no older than 3 years was dressed as a duck and instead of saying, “Trick or Treat” she just quacked. It was Hilarious!! So what does my Halloween experience this year have to do with manufacturing.  Well, a young man came to my home dressed in a very elaborate and cleverly designed C-3PO costume.  You know the clever robot in the Star Wars series that translated for R2D2.

I began to think about how robots in manufacturing are evolving and becoming more intuitive and cerebral, but an interesting phenomenon is also starting to evolve in the world of robotics.  They’re becoming more emotional.

Say Hello to Mr. Baxter.  Rethink Robotics has designed a friendly and compassionate robot with ‘common sense’.  Baxter is a worker robot with a touchscreen face that’s as much about communicating its intent as giving humans something more to experience.  It’s safe to work around, courteous and follows instructions very well.  The ideal teenage son. Baxter also cost about $22,000. Less than a 1/3 of some college tuitions.

Can you envision yourself treating your fellow robot much like you treat your trusted Golden Retriever, Fido?  Do you remember Rosie from the Jetsons and B9, the robot from the late 1960′s sitcom, Lost In Space (Boy am I dating myself)?  These robots expressed emotions like love and fear, were treated like family and were trusted to help make critical decisions that effected the safety and well being of their owners.

Baxter is being touted as the catalyst to help restore US and European manufacturing prowess.  Do you think Baxter robots will achieve this objective?  I’m not sure, but I would like to know how President Obama and Mr. Romney plan to tax Mr. Baxter.  I would hate for Baxter to become emotionally upset and stage a strike.

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Cisco in the Spotlight at Automation Fair 2012, Philadelphia, November 7-8

October 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm PST

As Automation Fair rapidly approaches, it is once again time to build your agenda for a few full days at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Cisco speakers will be featured at the Food and Beverage Industry Forum and the Global Machine & Equipment Builders Industry Forum as well as during technical workshop sessions.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the following opportunities to see Cisco: Read More »

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