rockwell automation inc (ROK) Key Developments
Rockwell Automation and Cisco Announces New Additions to their Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architectures
Jun 17 15
Rockwell Automation and Cisco are announcing new additions to their Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) architectures to help operations
technology (OT) and information technology (IT) professionals address constantly changing security practices, industrial markets evolve to unlock the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT). The latest CPwE security expansions, featuring technology from both companies, include design guidance and validated architectures to help build a more secure network across the plant and enterprise. The Industrial IoT is elevating the need for highly flexible, secure connectivity between things, machines, work flows, databases and people, enabling new models of policy-based plant floor access. Through these new connections, machine data on the plant floor can be analyzed and applied to determine optimal operation and supply-chain work flows for improved efficiencies and cost savings. A securely connected environment also enables organizations to mitigate risk with policy compliance, and protects intellectual property with secure sharing between global stakeholders. Core to the new validated architectures is a focus on enabling OT and IT professionals to utilize security policies and procedures by forming multiple layers of defense. A defense-in-depth approach helps manufacturers by establishing processes and policies that identify and contain evolving threats in industrial automation and control systems. The new CPwE architectures leverage open industry standards, such as IEC 62443, and provide recommendations for more securely sharing data across an industrial demilitarized zone, as well as enforcing policies that control access to the plantwide wired or wireless network. Rockwell Automation and Cisco have created resources to help manufacturers efficiently deploy security solutions. The Identity Services Design and Implementation Guide and white paper introduce an approach to security policy enforcement that tightly controls access by anyone inside the plant, whether they're trying to connect via wired or wireless access.
Rockwell Automation, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend Payable on Sept. 10, 2015
Jun 3 15
The Board of Directors of Rockwell Automation Inc. declared a quarterly dividend of 65 cents per share on its common stock, payable on Sept. 10, 2015 to shareowners of record at the close of business on Aug. 17, 2015.
Rockwell Automation Names Thomas Donato as President for EMEA Region
May 21 15
Thomas Donato is appointed president of Rockwell Automation’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Donato was most recently Rockwell Automation’s regional vice president in Canada. He also served as regional sales director of Rockwell Automation’s Northern and Eastern European region. Previously, he was the business director for the company’s services and solutions business in EMEA. Donato is now responsible for driving growth in this important region. He has 18 years of automation industry experience, including the last 11 years
with Rockwell Automation.
Rockwell Seeks Acquisitions
May 18 15
Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE:ROK) is seeking acquisitions. Keith Nosbusch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Rockwell said, “Well, a lot of our acquisition interests are outside the US. So the answer would be, yes, we believe there are opportunities to utilize that cash both for acquisitions, as well as ongoing investments as we expand our footprint in some of the emerging markets. So we think we can do that.”
Rockwell Automation Introduces New OptiSIS Solution
May 7 15
Rockwell Automation has introduced its new OptiSIS solution, giving industrial operators a pre-engineered safety instrumented system that can help ease deployment and reduce lead times for small and midsized process applications. The OptiSIS solution is ideal for oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical producers with aging process-safety systems that are either noncompliant or can no longer be maintained. Replacing or upgrading a process-safety system using a custom-engineered approach can be costly and time-consuming. The OptiSIS solution can reduce lead time by more than 30%, faster and more cost-effective safety instrumented system deployments. The OptiSIS solution is designed for safety instrumented system applications of 50 or 100 I/O points, including emergency shutdown (ESD) systems, burner-management systems (BMS) and high-integrity pressure protection systems (HIPPS). The version for applications of up to 100 I/O points will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015.