Rockwell Automation acquires Kentucky firm

Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation Corp. today announced it has agreed to purchase Erlanger, Ky.-based Jacobs Automation, a provider of intelligent track motion control technology.

 
Jacobs Automation provides a motion control solution called the iTRAK System, which improves performance across a wide range of packaging, material handling and other applications for the global machine builder market.

“The combination of iTRAK technology with our Integrated Architecture will be a game changer for machine builders,” said Victor Swint, vice president, motion control business, Rockwell Automation. “It will provide customers with new technology to enhance performance and flexibility so they can quickly respond to changing market demands.”

“iTRAK is a disruptive technology providing faster speed and greater flexibility for machine builders,” said Keith Jacobs, president, Jacobs Automation. “This integrated solution will increase productivity, reduce energy consumption and provide more rapid changeovers by adjusting machine speed and geometry during operations. Rockwell Automation has the resources and presence with global OEMs to make it a new industry standard.”

Jacobs Automation will be integrated into Rockwell Automation’s motion business, within its Architecture & Software segment. The acquisition is expected to close January 2014.

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