Rockwell Automation: Accelerating Digital Transformation

By Sean Galea-Pace
Rockwell Automation has announced a set of new capabilities for FactoryTalk InnovationSuite powered by PTC to simplify and scale digital transformation...

The news follows the recent announcement that the two firms are extending and expanding the scope of their strategic alliance following strong market momentum and widespread industry recognition of InnovationSuite. 

Upon its original launch in 2018, InnovationSuite has successfully delivered a range of high-value solutions for the world’s largest automotive, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, oil and gas and pharmaceutical firms across 21 countries.

“The need for digital transformation has increased significantly as our customers accelerate innovation, maximize workforce productivity, and optimize operations,” said Arvind Rao, director of product management at Rockwell Automation. “These new capabilities combined with our industry-leading partner ecosystem helps us extend our technology and solutions leadership, meeting our customers' needs for simplicity, scale, and domain expertise.”

FactoryTalk InnovationSuite is the industry’s first comprehensive digital transformation software suite that provides fully integrated industrial internet of things (IIoT), edge-to-cloud analytics, manufacturing execution system (MES) and augmented reality (AR) capabilities required for the connected enterprise. InnovationSuite streamlines the process to quickly develop, operationalise and scale innovative solutions to operations globally. 

“We are pleased to be collaborating with the Rockwell Automation team on the next generation of our InnovationSuite offering,” said Don Busiek, senior vice president, strategic alliances, PTC. “As we help organisations realign their digital transformation goals to combat the current macroeconomic environment, we are confident that InnovationSuite offers the most comprehensive and effective way to optimize their people, products, and processes - empowering manufacturers to embrace their new normal.”

New enhancements to InnovationSuite were created to help customers across a number of digital transformation priorities, including: 

  • Accelerating IT/OT Integration

The recently confirmed FactoryTalk Edge Gateway enhances the fidelity of operational technology data through rich contextualisation using the Rockwell Automation unique FactoryTalk Smart Object capability and packages it to a configurable data model that can be mapped to upstream information technology applications to glean enterprise insights.

  • Simplifying Edge-to-Cloud Enterprise Analytics

FactoryTalk Analytics now provides a comprehensive array of simplified data science capabilities for multiple personas - process engineers, data scientists and citizen data scientists and reduce analytics data preparation effort by up to 70%.

  • Enabling Enterprise-Class Digital Thread

The Rockwell Automation Digital Thread uniquely allows a collaborative workflow across product designers, production engineers and OEM suppliers, which optimises the design process from the beginning. This approach shrinks new product development time to months from years. By validating and optimising performance in a virtual environment prior to physical implementation, commissioning time is reduced by half.

  • Delivering Value through World-Class Consulting and Professional Services 

Following the purchase of Kalypso, Rockwell Automation now provides a full suite of consulting, data science, technology, business process management and managed services that allow the transformation of the value chain, from product to plant to customers. With around 250 new InnovationSuite customers and a plethora of repeatable industrial use cases, the Rockwell Automation consulting and delivery services are a highly differentiated part of the InnovationSuite digital transformation journey to scale time to value.

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