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Automation Fair is just around the corner – two weeks from now. Convergence will be alive at AF this year. My colleagues Peter Granger and Andrew Lach have blogged about Cisco’s overall presence and our social media channel, respectively.
In my video, I highlight the Innovation and Collaboration that the convergence of plant and enterprise networks enables, which we will be showcasing in our Cisco booth on the AF show floor, including:
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As you know there are many changes in manufacturing operations today. These certainly relate to Operations Excellence, Continuous Innovation, Energy Management, even the Supply Chain and Customer Service world. There are technology changes and personnel changes. There are Global impacts as manufacturing companies compete in new regions and those same new regions sprout new manufacturers. And at the end of the day (or maybe the beginning?) there is a need for someone to build a specialized machine.
We have already seen the power of a converged (technologically) network. Ethernet/IP helps the controls world provide information to the IT world. We see this every day, where older proprietary networks are replaced by standard Ethernet. Here are some thoughts as they relate to specialized machine builders:
So, we have this technology that can unify us, Ethernet. Who knew that years ago I sold against Ethernet? But that was a different version. Today is new, with managed switches, managed services, and tomorrow is your new today.
Automation Fair is the largest gathering of Rockwell Automation users. With over 15,000 expected attendees this year, this is a can’t miss conference for leading manufacturers, controls, operations and IT professionals -- and Cisco will have a major presence again at this year’s show! Click on the Video to learn more.
Here are just a few things that are happening at the McCormick Center in Chicago, Illinois on 16th and 17th November:
- A Cisco booth focused on the collaboration, security and network convergence we are bringing to the production environment, staffed by Cisco thought leaders Booth #239.
- A four-way Cisco, Rockwell, Panduit and Fluke booth showing the power of a broader partnership bringing all aspects of network convergence together.
- 3 joint Cisco-Rockwell presentations on key network convergence topics plus Cisco Speakers at the Global Machine Builders (OEM) and Food and Beverage Forums
- Opportunity to meet Cisco and Rockwell thought leaders and technical experts throughout
- Other Executive and Technical events and networking opportunities
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Rockwell Automation Fair is only a few weeks away!
Automation Fair is Rockwell Automation’s largest user conference and tradeshow. In 2011, it will be held at the McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, from November 15th-17th. Over 13,000 attendees are expected to attend this annual showcase of manufacturing solutions. The event is free for attendees.
We in Cisco Manufacturing are extremely excited about our presence and booth at Rockwell Automation Fair (RAF). The technologies and solutions we will demonstrating will be focused on the collaboration, security, and network convergence we are bringing to the production environment.
We are packing a full schedule, so make sure to follow us on all of our social media channels to learn more about the event and all that Cisco has to offer there!
Our blog is our hub (you’re reading it right now). All of our RAF information, including blogs, daily event digests and reflections, links to videos and pictures, etc. will appear here:
Our teaser videos will be posted on our YouTube channel. Also, video shot by our team live at RAF will be posted here as well:
Join us for in-depth discussions with other manufacturing thought leaders regarding RAF on our LinkedIn channel:
We will be tweeting live from RAF and amplifying our social media activities leading up to the event.
Our umbrella twitter handle is:
The following are the team members who will be tweeting live at RAF:
@PGrangerCISCO, Peter Granger, Senior Global Market Manager
@wylie_mark, Mark Wylie, Manufacturing Industry Solutions Manager
@KevinDavenport, Kevin Davenport, Global Solutions Manager for Industrial Intelligence
Also, be sure to follow Rockwell Automation at @AutomationFair and view their list of Media and Partners who will be attending and tweeting about the event. Use the RAF hashtag #autofair in your Tweets!
We hope you’re as excited as we are about Automation Fair. So please join the conversation and tell us what you’d like to see from Cisco at the event!