Control Engineering 2017 Engineers' Choice Awards Finalist
EC: FactoryTalk AssetCentre Software v7.0
Software — Asset management, reporting: FactoryTalk AssetCentre is a centralized tool for securing, managing, versioning, tracking and reporting automation-related asset information across an entire facility. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.
Manufacturers and industrial producers are gaining insight into their operations through connected technology. Now, they have a single tool for managing automation assets. FactoryTalk AssetCentre v7.0 software from Rockwell Automation automates discovery and tracks the status of devices, network switches and software on workstation computers across an entire facility or production operation. The software streamlines lifecycle management and helps decrease unplanned downtime.
A modern production environment contains hundreds to thousands of assets. In the evolving world of the industrial internet of things, assets are becoming more intelligent, but it remains a challenge to identify and inventory every asset in a system. The FactoryTalk AssetCentre asset-inventory agent scans a network to discover hardware, firmware and software information for assets active in the facility. The devices are then tracked in an active asset inventory.
The asset-inventory agent can be scheduled to scan at regular intervals or run on demand. New discoveries are compiled for user confirmation before they are added to the active inventory. Ongoing tracking of updates provides a history of how a system has changed and potential hazards, such as workstation computers running unauthorized software. Manual entry is still available for devices that are not identifiable during the scan or to fill in missing information or attributes for discovered devices.
Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com
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