The greater Houston area, our employees, and everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey remain a focus for Rockwell Automation and for Cisco. Our primary goal is to support our employees, our customers, and to get customer facilities back up and operational as quickly as possible.

In this spirit, Automation Fair, PSUG and other related events will continue as planned in Houston the week of November 13th. We want this event to be one of the many signs to the community and the region that Houston will have a robust recovery and we will be there to help!

Automation Fair is the premier North American event for discrete and process manufacturers.  Visit over 150 exhibitors and learn from more than 110 industry forums, hands-on labs, technical sessions (also free), and earn Professional Development Hours. It’s also a great opportunity to network with industry experts and peers.  As always, this event is a can’t-miss conference for all of you who are in plant management, controls, operations, or IT for industrial companies.  The best part, it’s free!

Reflective of our robust relationship with Rockwell Automation, Cisco will again have a strong presence (Booth #1133) at this event including multiple speaker presentations.

Visit our booth to learn why Cisco is your critical network infrastructure partner, from the enterprise all the way to the plant floor with our partner solutions from Rockwell Automation.  Don’t trust your industrial Ethernet automation network to anyone but the best.  On the factory floor, the Rockwell Stratix line of managed switches give you the validated, scalable, and secure network designs to ensure industrial automation and control systems perform as required.  Here is a summary of the solutions we will be highlighting in the Cisco booth:

  • Converged Plantwide Ethernet: A strong core network enables solutions like Factory Wireless and Cisco Collaboration for Industry.  You will also see how Edge compute allows you to perform unique functions, like protocol translation directly on your Cisco Industrial Routers and Industrial Ethernet switches with IoX capability.  We will also be showing the new FactoryTalk Network Manager to help troubleshoot and manage your plant floor network.
  • Factory Security: Manufacturing is the number one targeted Industry for cyberattacks and security breaches. Learn how IoT Threat Defense can protect from the enterprise to the shop floor can lower your costs, improve safety & reduce downtime.
  • Cisco Collaboration for Industry: Learn how remote expert solutions allow you to oversee more plants, in more places, with a smaller team of experts. See how Virtual Expertise On-Demand with Telepresence, Spark, Webex, and other Cisco and partner solutions can lower costs while improving efficiency and uptime.
  • Oil and Gas: See how unique solutions from Cisco can help get more value from your existing assets, and how Cisco Kinetic extracts, computes, and moves data to solve Industrial IoT challenges.

We’ve got a couple of new solutions for you to see, too.  Come visit us and see our new 807 Industrial Integrated Services Router.  This small footprint cellular router has powerful capabilities and a very low power draw, allowing you to put 3G/4G LTE where it’s needed.  It’s perfect for field device enablement in RTU’s, for example.

Also at our booth, we’ll be demonstrating some new features for our popular 829 Industrial Integrated Services Router.  We’ve expanded the cellular capability of this unit to include dual SIM “active-active” radios.  What does this mean?  It means you can enable the router to connect to two separate cellular carrier services.  Why is this important?  As we all know, cellular carriers can change hill to hill as you drive.  Service vehicles can span widely disparate geographies, with random coverage offerings from cellular networks.  With dual SIM “active-active” radios, an instrumented vehicle can traverse two different carrier coverage areas and still maintain connectivity.  It’s all about reliability and efficiency, and Cisco offers that and so much more.

Follow us on Twitter at @CiscoMFG to see the live activity at the show even if you’re unable to make it to Houston.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so here.

Other show highlights include:

Free technical sessions, including the following by Cisco:

T34 – Digital Manufacturing Solutions in Practice

T83 – Identity and Mobility in Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Architectures

T21 – Deliver the Plant of the Future Today

Rockwell’s Connected Enterprise Industries Pavilion, Booth #1221 demonstrates a highly connected, knowledge-enabled industrial enterprise where devices and processes are optimized to enhance productivity, safety and security, sustainability, and economic performance.  Visit the booth to see how the Cisco/Rockwell partnership makes this possible.

You can also see Cisco products featured in Rockwell’s premier show area, the Integrated Architecture Booth #2113, on the Networks Wall display.

Looking forward to seeing you in Houston!



Scot Wlodarczak

No Longer with Cisco