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Rockwell Automation and Microsoft announce tech partnership

With Rockwell’s FactoryTalk edge and cloud solutions, manufacturers bring together artificial intelligence, IoT, and automation solutions. (Image source: Rockwell Automation)

Rockwell Automation, a leader in industrial automation and digital transformation, has unveiled its partnership with Microsoft on three pioneering technology innovations. These advancements will take centre stage at Hannover Messe, set to unfold from 22-26 April

“Rockwell’s partnership with Microsoft is a shared vision of creating and delivering the best solutions to empower the future of industrial operations,” said Nicole Denil, global vice president, market access, Rockwell Automation. “We simplify complexity in how manufacturers design, operate, and maintain their enterprises and empower their people. Visitors to the Rockwell stand in the Microsoft booth at Hannover Messe will see how Rockwell Automation helps empower leading manufacturers globally to reduce waste in their operations and achieve sustainability goals through streamlined industry solutions.”

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Rockwell's FactoryTalk edge and cloud solutions merge artificial intelligence, IoT, and automation solutions, enabling seamless operation between physical and digital realms for manufacturers. Microsoft Azure's adaptive cloud approach further enhances this integration, unifying siloed teams, sites, and systems while facilitating the scalability of applications and insights. This collaboration between Rockwell and Microsoft promises cutting-edge industrial transformation solutions across the value chain, characterised by AI-assisted design, connected data, and agile production optimisation.

Moreover, the recently unveiled partnership involving NVIDIA, Rockwell, and Microsoft facilitates the creation, real-time management, and simulation of digital twins. Leveraging Microsoft's AI-assisted tools and cloud technology, this initiative promises accelerated innovation.

Furthermore, the integration of Rockwell Automation's Plex manufacturing execution system (MES) with FactoryTalk® DataMosaix™ and Microsoft's Cloud for Manufacturing offers manufacturers transformative AI tools. These tools are instrumental in enhancing productivity, safety, and quality by addressing quality issues through corrective actions and root cause analysis.