"We need to position manufacturing as technology-intensive to make it more attractive," Sujeet Chand, senior vice president and chief technology officer told me in a later interview. "We're doing model-based control, using Ethernet. We need to develop manufacturing to be prosperous. There are many areas that remain for innovation and development. Take sensors, for example. You need them for information from manufacturing. Perhaps we could sense bacteria in tomato sauce or other types of sensors. Customers are focusing more on advanced control, and you need to measure in order to apply the control."
Some significant products included a new release of the Logix control platform, high availability/redundant Ethernet networks, a layer three Ethernet switch that supports virtual local area networks, new Panelview visualization products and embedded ViewPoint that enables Web-based visualization clients.