First and foremost, RL Consulting Inc. is an engineering and technical consulting firm based in Muscle Shoals, North Alabama. We cater to clients close to home and all across the country, helping them tackle complex projects involving electrical controls design, project management, and more.
But we’re also a certified Silver System Integrator of Allen-Bradley products from Rockwell Automation. What does that mean? It means we’re more than just an Allen-Bradley provider or vendor; we’re a tried-and-tested partner with specialized know-how in control systems, low-voltage drives, and machine safety. Although we don’t offer tech support on behalf of Rockwell over the phone, our certified status enables us to bring you top-notch solutions using and maintaining Rockwell’s automation products.
What’s the Relationship Between Allen-Bradley and Rockwell?
Allen-Bradley, founded in 1903, set the standard for quality in automation and controls. Rockwell acquired Allen-Bradley in 1985 for a whopping $1.651 billion. This merger combined Allen-Bradley’s expertise in control systems with Rockwell’s diverse capabilities in other sectors like aerospace and automotive. The name change to Rockwell Automation took place in 2001, aiming to unify the brand. You’ll still see Allen-Bradley on products, but they’re now part of the broader Rockwell brand.
How Rockwell/Allen-Bradley Integrator Partnerships Work
So that makes Allen-Bradley a product line under the umbrella of Rockwell Automation, focusing primarily on automation and control products. It’s not a minor player; we’re talking about a brand with an estimated $4.2 billion in annual sales. The company has a global footprint, boasting over 70 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Allen-Bradley operates across three major segments: instrumentation, control and measurement, and systems.
What an Allen-Bradley Integrator Does
If you’ve ever heard of an “Allen-Bradley system integrator,” that’s us! RL Consulting is a certified company that creates and sets up Rockwell Automation and/or Allen-Bradley systems. We’re a third-party partner, collaborating directly with Rockwell Automation to help design, install, and maintain your Allen-Bradley control systems. We handle everything from small to large-scale projects.
Allen-Bradley Certification and Training are Non-Negotiable
At RL Consulting, we take our partner role seriously. To be an Allen-Bradley system integrator, you must have a valid Certificate of Registration from Rockwell Automation. This isn’t a one-time thing; we renew the certificate annually under the supervision of a qualified Rockwell sales representative. We also commit to ongoing education. Each year, we complete a minimum of six hours of Allen-Bradley-specific training. Additional training might come up, and we’re on it. Rest assured, we’re compliant with all federal, Alabama state, and local laws, which includes meeting NEC and ANSI standards.
Benefits of Being a System Integrator Partner with Rockwell
Our close relationship with Rockwell Automation means several things for you as our client. We have an insider’s view into Rockwell’s offerings, keeping us updated on product changes. The partnership also lets us plan strategically, knowing what innovations or updates Rockwell will likely introduce. Since we’re a certified system integrator, our services come with a Rockwell endorsement, giving us an edge over many competitors. Our relationship also opens doors for us to co-create new features with Rockwell, which can benefit our clients.
Other Valued Partners of RL Consulting Inc.
Teaming Up with GE Fanuc
We’re also an alliance partner with GE Fanuc. This partnership came into being after extensive technical, operational, and quality evaluations. Our collaboration with GE Fanuc underlines our commitment to delivering solutions with proven skill sets and complementary technology application expertise.
Connection with InSource
We work closely with InSource, a leading provider of manufactured intelligence services and software and hardware solutions. The main aim here is operational synergy, especially in manufacturing environments.
InduSoft for Versatile Applications
Achieving Manufacturing Goals with Omron
Omron is a specialist in control components and systems aimed at factory automation. They help companies achieve their manufacturing objectives. As a partner, we bring Omron’s extensive capabilities into our service offerings.
Strategic Partner with Siemens
Siemens is a global technology powerhouse specializing in decentralized energy systems and intelligent infrastructure. Their focus also lies in automation and digitalization in the processing and manufacturing industries, making them an integral part of our service ecosystem.
Partnering with SMC for Automatic Control Equipment
SMC specializes in manufacturing, processing, and selling automatic control equipment. We can incorporate SMC’s state-of-the-art technology into our projects, enhancing the solutions we offer you.
Each of the companies we partner with adds unique value to our services. It’s not just about what we can do; it’s about what we can do together to make your next automation project a triumph.
We Want to Be Your Trusted Automation Partner
So why does all of this matter? When you work with us, you’re not just hiring a company; you’re teaming up with a partner already trusted by global companies in electrical control systems and automation. So, whether it’s a Rockwell automation system or a GE Fanuc operation you’re interested in, you can count on RL Consulting Inc. to bring a certified level of expertise to your project, along with a high degree of skill and care.
Feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can make your next automation project come to life.