Rockwell Automation Fair 2003 Photo's

It is time for Rockwell Automation's annual Automation Fair.  This year is Rockwell's / Allen Bradley's 100th anniversary so the event is held at the companies corporate home city, Milwaukee, WI.  They had some great exhibits setup to show you the history of the company.  Below is the first mural of a series that detail Lynde & Harry Bradley setting up the company with the major financial backing of Stanton Allen - The Allen Bradley company.  The company was later acquired by Rockwell.

This is the booth for the division I work for, Rockwell Software.  It's quite now but the show has not started yet.

I specialize in the RSBizware Batch suite of products.  This is the demo station for showing the customer the software.

I had to throw this picture in,,, you gotta find a gimmick at a trade show.  A guy dressed up as Austin Powers with ladies wearing tight psychedelic orange dresses will stop the crowd.

One of the prime Rockwell gimmick was a virtual simulation of a race car ride.

With the Rockwell Nascar #20 car on display, driven by Mike Bliss who stopped by later to sign autographs.

I loved this truck: Oshkosh-Rockwell A2 ProPulse Truck.  It has a hybrid electric drive.  It has a diesel engine that drives an electrical generator.  The electricity drives electrical motors for each of the axels.  When you reach your destination you can hook up a city block to it and power that instead!

The Allen-Bradley Clock Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Milwaukee. Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest four-faced clock, it is really four separate clocks. Each of the octagonal faces is nearly twice the size of the clocks on London’s Big Ben. Each hour hand is 15 feet, 9 inches long and weighs 490 pounds. Each minute hand is 20 feet long and weighs 530 pounds. The hour markings are 4 feet high. The clock is a designated navigation aid on U.S. Coast Guard maps.

From the top of the clock tower there are great views of the harbor and city.

Below is the first great invention of the AB company.  It was a variable resistor used to control the movement of cranes.  During the era, the crane operator had a step control that controlled the movement of the crane in increments rather than a smooth variable speed.  I hear it was a dangerous way to move a crane.  Imagine your car has 10 speeds.  That's it - no foot pedal.  Using carbon wafers with variable pressure applied, they found they could vary the resistance and thus the current thus the speed of the crane.

that's all!