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AVnu Alliance kicks off 2016 with two new members


February 4, 2016
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Feb. 4, 2016 – Rockwell Automation and Kollmorgen have joined the industrial segment of AVnu Alliance, a community driving open, standard, deterministic networking through certification. According to AVnu Alliance, the two new members bring “valuable expertise to bolster the Alliance’s efforts with Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) for industrial applications.”

Rockwell Automation is a global company dedicated to industrial automation and information, while Kollmorgen is a provider of motion systems and components for machine builders with more than 70 years of motion control design and application experience.

“We continue to evolve our industrial control and information solutions to help customers drive real-time productivity and innovation as they strive towards building a Connected Enterprise,” said Joe Kann, vice-president, Global Business Development, Rockwell Automation. “By participating in the AVnu Alliance, we plan to share our industry knowledge and work together with other members towards further enhancing standard IP-based Ethernet for manufacturing.”

“Kollmorgen’s business as a provider of innovative high-speed motion solutions is driven by ever-evolving customer needs for high-performance, multi-device fieldbus options,” said Steve Crass, VP North America Industrial Automation and Aerospace & Defense at Kollmorgen. “Joining AVnu Alliance is a logical next step for our business and AVnu provides us with a forum that will support open systems architectures for many years to come.”

The addition of these companies exemplifies the importance of the continued evolution of standard Ethernet through TSN, says representatives of AVnu Alliance. “The experience with control networking that these companies possess will complement the existing efforts within the AVnu Alliance to define a common foundation for the Industrial Internet,” they said, adding, “This next step for standard Ethernet will enable complete convergence of standard IT traffic and the control system and will enable IoT for the industrial, automation and manufacturing sectors.”

“Rockwell Automation and Kollmorgen have both shown leadership in their respective fields over the years. The AVnu Alliance looks forward to their contributions and forward-thinking philosophies when it comes to automation and how it can improve a variety of industrial processes,” said Gary Stuebing, AVnu Alliance president. “They both bring a range of products and technologies that will complement and bolster our efforts with TSN in the industrial space.”