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Panduit and Rockwell Automation Partner to Aid Deployment of Industrial Networks

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October 30, 2012

Panduit and Rockwell Automation Partner to Aid Deployment of Industrial Networks

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Rockwell Automation (News - Alert), a company dedicated to industrial automation and information, recently expanded its pre-existing relationship with developer and provider of physical infrastructure solutions, Panduit.

The two companies have now gone beyond their simple product referencing relationship to form a strategic alliance.

Together, Rockwell Automation and Panduit are aiming to help companies reduce risk, improve reliability and successfully implement EtherNet/IP solutions and architectures via integrated solutions. Specifically, the two companies will focus on providing optimized physical network infrastructure solutions, effective collaboration between automation and IT, as well as integrated solutions and services for customers worldwide.

They will also work with companies like Cisco (News - Alert) with the aim of seamlessly integrating logical architectures with physical deployment from initial design, maintenance and operations throughout an enterprise.

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

John McDermott, senior vice president, Global Sales and Marketing, Rockwell Automation, added, “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.”

Initially, the strategic alliance will focus 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.

Earlier in October, Panduit made a new Energy Efficient Data Center Cabinet System available. This release is meant to lead the way toward the next generation of cabinets with features such as industry leading air sealing, ducting and containment.

This system optimizes cooling capacity by eliminating bypass air and the mixing of cold air and exhaust air within the cabinet and the data center.

Meanwhile, Rockwell Automation is scheduled to release its fiscal year 2012 fourth quarter results on Monday, November 5 before market opening.

Edited by Braden Becker

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