Rockwell Automation and Kollmorgen join the AVnu Alliance

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AVnu Alliance has announced that Rockwell Automation and Kollmorgen have joined its industrial segment. The two companies are said to bring valuable expertise to AVnu Alliance activities incorporating standards such as Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) into a common networking foundation.

Industrial automation and information company, Rockwell has a history of technological innovation in industrial control systems.

Joe Kann, vice president, Global Business Development, Rockwell Automation, said: "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. 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, a supplier of motion control solutions has demonstrated a commitment to open communication standards and network flexibility.

Steve Crass, VP North America Industrial Automation and Aerospace & Defence at Kollmorgen, commented: "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. Joining AVnu provides us with a forum that will support open systems architectures for many years to come."

The addition of these companies demonstrates the importance of the continued evolution of standard Ethernet through TSN. The experience with control networking that these companies possess is expected to complement the existing efforts within the AVnu Alliance to define a common foundation for the Industrial Internet. 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.

Gary Stuebing, AVnu Alliance president, said: "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."