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Rockwell Automation has launched its new FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module, an artificial intelligence module that it says will detect production anomalies and alert workers.

The module does the work of a data scientist, according to Jonathan Wise, product manager, Rockwell Automation, who says it can continuously monitor production operations.

“The FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module makes predictive analytics more accessible to help more workers make better production decisions,” he said.

As an example, Wise said the module could help spot performance deviations in equipment such as mixers, and analyse variables from assets like sprayers, dryers and burners.

“The module learns your ControlLogix application and tells operators and technicians when things are changing in unexpected ways. This can help them get ahead of product quality issues and protect process integrity,” he said.

According to Mukund, business manager for software, Asia Pacific, Rockwell Automation, the module has plenty to offer Asian businesses in any sector.

“By making available data that will assist workers in helping to ensure the smooth running of machinery, our customers can empower employees to troubleshoot and solve problems as they arise, reducing downtime and ultimately contributing positively to the company’s bottom line,” he said.

The module is the newest addition to Rockwell’s FactoryTalk Analytics platform.

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