Strategic Approach to Safety Solutions Yields Productivity Gains


From risk assessments to product specifications to commissioning, Rockwell Automation provides a single resource for safety automation needs

BALTIMORE, Oct. 25, 2006 - Manufacturers want productive and profitable operations with the flexibility to meet the changing demands of their industry. Yet implementing safety without considering its impact on the rest of the automation system can lead to increased downtime and lost productivity - precisely the things companies want to avoid.

To maximize manufacturing effectiveness, safety control can no longer be treated as a stand-alone or add-on application; it has to be integrated with the overall machine control strategy. Rockwell Automation offers the technology, expertise and experience to help companies implement safety automation in a way that harmonizes with all their manufacturing goals.

"It's important to recognize that safety has become a strategic control discipline that manufacturers implement on all their machinery," said Lyle Masimore, safety business manager Rockwell Automation. "We deliver an integrated architecture that seamlessly harmonizes all the control disciplines, including safety, into a single solution architecture with common tools and training that speeds deployment and lowers overall cost of ownership."

At this week's Automation Fair event in Baltimore, Rockwell Automation showcases its broad portfolio of safety products and solutions designed to help manufacturers deploy safety systems that help achieve their production goals and increase safety for employees. From simple relays and sensors to fully integrated control systems, Rockwell Automation offers the tools and expertise to help manufacturers shape their safety solutions to support both manufacturing and safety goals.

"Safety is not a one-size-fits-all proposition," said Masimore. "You need to understand your own unique requirements and have a cost-effective solution that is right for your own needs. Rockwell Automation can help manufacturers implement safety in a way that can improve the productivity of their operations."

With its broad background in factory automation, Rockwell Automation leverages its industry expertise to help customers identify solutions that help with safety requirements, address employee safety concerns, and increase plant productivity. Applying the wide range of component- and system-based safety solutions from Rockwell Automation, allows manufacturers to integrate their existing controls with safety systems, which helps lower the total cost of ownership. The result can be a more productive, more profitable plant with a safety automation system that can quickly adapt to the rapidly changing demands of manufacturing.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), is a leading global provider of automation, power, control, and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A., the company employs about 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. For more information on the integrated safety solutions, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, ext. 1968.

Media contacts: Irene Timm
Rockwell Automation
414.382.2181
ietimm@ra.rockwell.com

All reader inquiries should be directed to the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, ext. 1968.

Automation Fair is a trademark of Rockwell Automation Inc.

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