Panduit-Rockwell Automation strategic alliance addresses industrial networking

Rockwell executive says combined effort will meet need for robust, secure, future-ready Ethernet physical infrastructure.

Panduit and Rockwell Automation have taken their long-standing product-referencing relationship to another level, forming a strategic alliance. In an announcement of the alliance, the companies said they “are creating innovative and comprehensive offerings. Together, they are driving integrated solutions that help companies reduce risk, improve reliability, and successfully implement Ethernet/IP solutions and architectures.”

They added that the initial emphasis of this enhanced collaboration will be placed on integration of physical implementation, employing best practices and industry standards, providing education and services to facilitate manufacturing and IT convergence, and enabling successful architecture deployment.

“The two companies are focused on providing optimized physical network infrastructure solutions, effective collaboration between automation and IT, and integrated solutions and services for customers globally,” they continued in the statement. “Panduit and Rockwell Automation also plan to work with companies, like Cisco, to help customers seamlessly integrate logical architectures to physical deployment from initial design, maintenance and operations throughout the entire enterprise.”

Rockwell Automation’s senior vice president of global sales and marketing, John McDermott, commented, “Our mutual customers need a robust, secure and future-ready Ethernet physical infrastructure for their industrial environments. Together, we can now offer comprehensive logical to physical plantwide infrastructure solutions and architectures leveraging Ethernet/IP to provide the level of performance, manageability and security required for today’s industrial networks.”

Panduit’s president, Tom Donovan, added, “A strong alignment of Panduit and Rockwell Automation technologies and architectures simplifies network design and integration for our common customers. Our combined capabilities reduce risk, operational costs and time-to-market.”

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