Rockwell Automation, the IoT, and You

Overall IoT Company of the Year

IoT Breakthrough AwardIoT Breakthrough recently named Rockwell Automation® the Overall IoT Company of the Year. An independent organization dedicated to technology, IoT Breakthrough recognizes innovators, leaders, and visionaries around the world in categories such as Industrial and Enterprise IoT, Smart City technology, Connected Home, and many more. This year, there were over 3,500 nominations from companies around the globe.

Of this well-deserved and hard-earned honor, Rockwell Automation CEO Blake Moret said:

Rockwell Automation is firmly committed to helping our customers realize unprecedented levels of productivity and sustainability by combining the best of industrial automation with the latest in digital technology, bringing the Connected Enterprise to life.”

The Internet of Things

You may be wondering, what is IoT? Or, if you’re already aware of the term, you may wonder what it means for you?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase that is becoming more and more common. We hear it in our personal lives and in our business worlds. You have likely seen TV commercials from Fortune 500 companies to up-and-coming companies talking about their role in the Internet of Things. IoT effects our daily lives. Simply put, IoT is the interconnectivity between all the different smart devices (the things in IoT) on the market and the Internet. And an increasing number of our things are getting smarter.

Consider how much IoT has changed our lives. When was the last time you called a cab from a pay phone? Or driven to a video store to rent a movie? When was the last time you put an ad in a newspaper to sell an item or saw a print ad? Or gone from store to store to find a piece of clothing in your size? Depending on your age, gender, and various other factors, the answer may range from never to ten years ago, to sometimes.

No matter the particulars of how it has impacted you personally, the Internet of Things certainly has made our daily lives simpler. And it is changing rapidly. I can’t predict the future, but I’m confident enough to say that tomorrow you will be able to do things differently than you do today because of IoT.

The Industrial Internet of Things

What about IIoT, the Industrial Internet of Things? As much as IoT effects our personal lives, IIoT impacts our business lives. The things we use every day are getting smarter, providing more data and information. Smart manufacturing makes use of these intelligent devices to provide greater process visibility and better decision making. Rockwell Automation calls this The Connected Enterprise.

Smart manufacturing is the gateway to digital transformation. Connected smart devices open new windows of visibility into processes. Data and analytics enable better and faster decision making. Seamless connectivity spurs new collaboration.

The Connected Enterprise makes all this possible. It converges plant-level and enterprise networks, and securely connects people, processes, and technologies.” – Rockwell Automation

We Are an Authorized Distributor

Horizon Solutions is the exclusive Rockwell Automation Authorized Allen-Bradley distributor in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine and in select areas in New York and MassachusettsRockwell Automation continues to make world-class products (things), make them smarter, and invest in technologies like self-discovering analytic bots and augmented reality. This broad portfolio gives them the most comprehensive IIoT solution in the industry. That’s why the Overall IoT Company of the Year award was bestowed upon them. And that’s why we’re so proud to be an authorized distributor, providing smart, innovative products and solutions to our customers.

Our seasoned, knowledgeable Automation Specialists are here to address all of your IoT, IIoT, and smart manufacturing questions and needs. Contact us today.

How has IoT changed your life personally and professionally? Let us know in the comments.

About the author

Jim Bischoff
Jim Bischoff

Jim has nearly 30 years of experience in the automation industry, with an extensive background in PLC, HMI, Information Software, Industrial Networking, and Motion Control. He began his career with Horizon Solutions in 1995, and has been our Director of Automation since 2013. When Jim isn't trouble shooting motion applications, he enjoys landing Walleye on fishing trips in Canada and the United States.