Rockwell, NVIDIA Gear up for Huge AI Role in Factories

Rockwell Automation is collaborating with NVIDIA to accelerate a next-generation industrial architecture.

Accordingly, Rockwell plans to evolve the industry by creating the factory of the future. Particularly, by making it easier for automation customers to digitalize industrial processes.

Manufacturing is a $15-trillion global industry that touches everything humans need to survive and thrive. From clean water to food, life-saving drugs and therapies, sustainable energy, mobility, and more.

Factories of the future are possible with enhanced sensing capabilities with machine vision and accelerated compute capability in control systems. Moreover, with advanced simulations equipped with learning agents, widespread adoption of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and generative AI (GenAI). Thus, these experiences will enhance information retrieval for frontline operators.

“Our work with NVIDIA will help accelerate the future of industrial operations and create value across our portfolio of software, hardware, and services—from the cloud to the factory floor,” said Jordan Reynolds, vice president, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy, Rockwell Automation.

Promotes Large-Scale Digital Twins

Rockwell will further integrate NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud application programming interfaces (APIs) with Emulate3D by Rockwell Automation. For that reason, bringing users data interoperability, live collaboration, and physically based visualization for designing, building, and operating industrial-scale digital twins of production systems.

“The demand for the accelerated computing needed to create, simulate, and operate large-scale digital twins is rising,” said Rev Lebaredian, vice president, Omniverse and Simulation Technology, NVIDIA.

In addition, Lebaredian said, “Rockwell will integrate NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud APIs with its Emulate3D digital twin application to help make factory analysis, including operations and simulation, easier and more predictive than ever.”

AI to Drive Business Outcomes

The lack of labor force and a need for more efficiency are driving huge demand for intelligent automation and robotics in manufacturing. Thus, by developing on the NVIDIA robotics platform for edge AI, Rockwell is helping to bring AMRs. Rockwell recently acquired OTTO Motors.

A recent survey from Rockwell Automation shows AI ranks as the top feature that manufacturers believe will drive the biggest business outcomes. In fact, 83 percent of manufacturers expect to use GenAI in their operations in 2024.

As part of this collaboration, NVIDIA is now an official member of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™. Specifically, Rockwell customers can use NVIDIA applications to help make their operations more resilient, agile, and sustainable.

25 March 2024-