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ABI Research Coverage of Rockwell Automation, Inc.

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Rockwell Automation, Inc. is an American provider of industrial automation whose brands include Allen-Bradley, FactoryTalk software and LifecycleIQ Services. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 24,500 people and has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

Rockwell Automation, Inc. Awards & Publications

Rockwell Automation was named a Top Innovator in ABI Research's competitive ranking of Industrial Automation: PLC Hardware and Software. The company's Studio 5000 Logix Designer provides wide-ranging functionality, such as pre-built function blocks, engineers able to simultaneously work on the same project, and strong simulation capabilities to test projects prior to deployment.

Rockwell Automation’s ControlLogix 5580 and Studio 5000 Logix Designer are developed and adapted to offer manufacturers industryspecific features and modules that address regulatory compliance and industry-based needs. Both companies also represent some of the largest market shares in the automation hardware space, with significant customer bases and deployment experience, alongside comprehensive partnership networks.

Rockwell Automation was recognized as an automation leader, representing the third largest share in the automation hardware market. ControlLogix 5580 and Studio 5000 Logix Designer are developed and adapted to offer manufacturers industry specific features and modules that address regulatory compliance and industry-based needs.

Rockwell Automation was named a Leader in ABI Research's competitive ranking of MES Software: Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Cell & Gene Therapy Manufacturing. The pharmaceutical-focused MES provides a wide range of market-specific functionality, including the capability to track cold chain production processes with thermosensitive materials, with the software stopping the use of input materials that do not have enough time out of refrigeration left to complete production, significantly reducing the chance of product scrap, and increasing first-pass quality.

Rockwell’s FactoryTalk PharmaSuite representing a highly customizable on-premises solution that can meet manufacturers’ complex and targeted requirements. Strong capabilities include a low/no-code graphical recipe editor, pharmaceutical-focused, persona specific, user experiences, and comprehensive built-in quality management functionality.

Rockwell Automation was named a Top Innovator, with FactoryTalk Optix being a flexible, cloud-based software that provides manufacturers with an easy, on-demand way to scale their operations, alongside being supported by the company’s extensive FactoryTalk portfolio and hardware offerings. The software has been extensively future-proofed, being designed from the outset to support Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) hardware, AI, and VR.

Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Optix solution can be rapidly deployed globally and has full OOTB functionality, supported by the company’s wide partner network with more than 100 technology and system integration partners. The solution is designed to be used by customers of any size, and manufacturers can easily scale the solution, as operators can create templates that can be reused across multiple machines. FactoryTalk Optix has comprehensive integration with both Rockwell Automation and third-party hardware, alongside other enterprise software due to its OPC UA native design, which allows it to be deployed alongside the manufacturer’s existing equipment and software.

Rockwell Automation came out as a leader in the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Software Suppliers competitive rankings, placing third for innovation and fourth for implementation, after Siemens, GE Digital, and Emerson. Its strong software future-proofing and user experience scores, alongside the company’s excellent end-to-end portfolio coverage earned Rockwell its third-place spot for innovation

ABI Research Competitive Rankings of Rockwell Automation, Inc.

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