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RSTechED expo a success for Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation’s 10th annual RSTechED manufacturing, IT convergence, sustainability and operational excellence educational forum in Sydney and Melbourne throughout October was a great success, according to a report from the company.

Both three-day events were packed with information and insight into today’s business information challenges, the company said.

Attendees, who hailed from Australian and New Zealand industrial companies, OEMs and system integrators, could attend their choice of technical presentations focusing on the key themes of manufacturing and IT convergence, sustainability and operational excellence.

“Sustainability in industry is obviously of increasing importance as the world focuses on environmental issues and cost savings,” said Rockwell Software director market development, Keith McPherson.

“Harnessing the information — whether energy consumption, waste tracking, or logging of raw materials — and making strategic decisions based upon that information, is a powerful means of minimising carbon footprint.”

The principles, said McPherson, are the same when it comes to achieving operational excellence. “Information solutions are about providing visibility throughout an entire process,” he said.

“It’s no longer enough just to see into the runtime environment. Key information needs to be shared with other parts of the business, including operations management all the way up to the enterprise environment. We can now provide end-to-end visibility, allowing industries to optimise every aspect of their operations.”

In total, 33 different labs and presentations were delivered at RSTechED to over 250 attendees. The educational sessions were arranged into one stream of technical sessions and demonstrations, accompanied by another two streams of hands-on labs that enabled participants to work through a series of exercises.

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