Rockwell, Microsoft Team up Aims for Better Factories

Rockwell Automation, Inc. has announced it is working with Microsoft on three significant technology innovations. The companies will exhibit these technologies at the ongoing Hannover Messe in Hannover, Germany.

“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 said the partnership with Microsoft aims to empower the future industrial operations. “We simplify complexity in how manufacturers design, operate, and maintain their enterprises and empower their people.”

Rockwell Automation and its partners will showcase how solutions and technologies are modernizing manufacturing and accelerating digital transformation.

Seamless Physical, Digital Worlds

With Rockwell’s FactoryTalk edge and cloud solutions, manufacturers bring together artificial intelligence, IoT, and automation solutions. Specifically, to allow people, processes, and technology to operate seamlessly between physical and digital environments.

With Microsoft Azure’s adaptive cloud approach, manufacturers can unify and streamline siloed teams, sites, and systems. Together, Rockwell and Microsoft will provide cutting-edge industrial transformation solutions across the value chain. Especially, with AI-assisted design, connected data, and agile production optimization.

Additionally, the recently announced partnership between NVIDIA, Rockwell and Microsoft allows the creation, real-time management, and simulation of digital twins.

Finally, Rockwell will harness the integration of its Plex manufacturing execution system (MES) with FactoryTalk® DataMosaix™ and Microsoft’s Cloud for Manufacturing. Thus, enabling manufacturers to benefit from transformative AI tools that help drive productivity, safety, and quality. These tools focus on resolving quality issues with corrective actions and root cause analysis.

These key technologies and more will be on display at the Rockwell location within the Microsoft booth at Hannover Messe, Hall 17, Booth G06.

Bringing the intelligent factory to life

Innovative exhibits demonstrate how integrated digital twins and generative AI expedite time-to-market as organizations and systems scale. One exhibit shows how to connect digital and physical assets for autonomous intelligent factories.

Moreover, it utilizes digital design with differentiated digital twin simulation and artificial intelligence through FactoryTalk Design Studio Copilot for a simplified customer experience of industrial operations.

Also on display is a digital twin simulation of a quality inspection process, inspired by Rockwell’s customer Nestlé.

An OTTO 100, an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) from OTTO Motors by Rockwell Automation, will demonstrate the movement of packaged materials through the factory. Thus, showcasing how automated material movement can help improve production throughput and employee resources. 

Highlighting the power of Azure’s adaptive cloud approach

Rockwell is also an integral part of Microsoft’s flagship Hannover Messe display. Specifically, attendees will step into a design, operate, and maintain environment for factories of the future.

Here, manufacturers will experience agile production optimization, AI-enhanced decision-making, and repeatable cutting-edge transformation at scale. Specifically, using an adaptive cloud approach to unify people, data, and systems.

Moreover, Microsoft is using several Rockwell Automation hardware and software solutions, along with technologies from the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ ecosystem in bringing this vision to reality.