Communications Interface links to maintenance software.

Press Release Summary:

Bi-directional gateway links MRO Software's MAXIMO(R) CMMS to Rockwell's Enshare(TM) condition-monitoring software. It allows manufacturers to generate work orders directly from plant floor equipment, assign responsibilities to workers and update status of maintenance projects. Link lets maintenance specialists see changes to work requests in one system automatically updated in other, view equipment work histories, and monitor maintenance quality.

Original Press Release:

Rockwell Automation Allows End Users to Maximize Access to Plant Floor Information For Asset Health Maintenance

New bi-directional gateway links MAXIMO® maintenance management data with Rockwell Automation condition-based monitoring system for seamless connectivity

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 28, 2002 - Maintaining the health of manufacturing equipment on the plant floor can increase machine uptime and eliminate breakdown, but coordinating maintenance activities for each machine can be a challenge. To provide a seamless connection across asset management services, complete automation leader Rockwell Automation announces real-time information exchange between Enshare(TM) integrated condition-based monitoring software and the MAXIMO® computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) from MRO Software, eliminating the need to manually transfer data between systems.

The integrated system can help manufacturers improve maintenance operation efficiency and decrease overall maintenance costs by as much as 25 percent through improved uptime, greater purchasing efficiency and better management of maintenance expenses and spare parts inventory.

The MAXIMO gateway connection, developed by Rockwell Automation, allows manufacturers to leverage existing CMMS investments by generating maintenance work orders directly from plant floor equipment, assigning responsibilities to onsite workers and updating the status of maintenance projects. From equipment data, Enshare software generates automated diagnostic information reports called Intelligent Advisories. When these text-based recommendations are integrated with the MAXIMO database, the status of the work order can be tracked. The bi-directional link allows maintenance specialists to see changes to work requests in one system automatically updated in the other as soon as the next database reading is done, view equipment work histories and monitor maintenance quality over time.

"The bi-directional capability allows problems to be addressed faster and more accurately while eliminating the possibility of human error that may have occurred in the past," said Matthew Dentino, marketing manager, Entek Software Products, Rockwell Automation. "By integrating these tools, we are able to close the loop between plant floor components, the Enshare plant asset management (PAM) system and the CMMS system.

Because we can keep track of the status of work orders as they are updated, we can observe changes in an asset's health and evaluate the effectiveness of a maintenance program over time."

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation solutions, including Allen-Bradley controls and engineered services and Rockwell Software® factory management software, Dodge mechanical power transmission products, and Reliance Electric motors and drives. The company also is a leading provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs approximately 23,000 people at more than 450 locations serving customers in more than 80 countries.

Rockwell Software is the leading brand of manufacturing systems software, providing applications for factory automation, data acquisition and integration, manufacturing operations performance improvement and analysis, and shop floor scheduling.

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