Rockwell Automation to Acquire Incuity Software

The deal brings new enterprise manufacturing intelligence capabilities to Rockwell’s FactoryTalk software suite, advancing the company’s plantwide information strategy.

Rockwell Automation Inc. announced on May 22 that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Incuity Software Inc., a Mission Viejo, Calif.-based supplier of Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) software. Incuity’s software provides real-time intelligence for business decision support to improve operations and reduce production waste by providing valuable management insight into a company’s operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“This acquisition is a key milestone in the continued expansion of our FactoryTalk software suite,” said Kevin Roach, vice president, Rockwell Software. “Their newest software, IncuityEMI 2.6, easily integrates many disparate information sources from production operations and other enterprise systems. IncuityEMI 2.6 delivers unique insights into enterprise performance and key operational metrics, and empowers personnel to drill down and analyze the root causes associated with manufacturing problems. Combining Incuity’s capabilities with the FactoryTalk integrated production management and performance suite will create tremendous value for our customers.”

Beyond its California headquarters, Incuity Software has regional offices in the United States, Canada and South Africa. The company has more than 45,000 seats of its products installed in more than 40 countries in 13 languages. The Incuity Software management team and their employees will become part of Rockwell Automation’s Architecture & Software operating segment. Rockwell Automation, based in Milwaukee, is a major automation and controls vendor.

Beyond visibility

“As the demand for Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence rapidly grows, this acquisition supports our commitment to expand the FactoryTalk software suite and enhance our plantwide information strategy to meet customers’ evolving needs,” said Steve Eisenbrown, senior vice president of the company’s Architecture & Software segment. “Incuity Software products don’t just provide visibility—they deliver enterprise-level insight by combining operations data with ERP (enterprise resource planning) and other IT (information technology) applications. They make it possible to find the valuable insight hidden between disconnected information sources.”

Doug Lawson, chief executive officer, Incuity Software, said: “Getting enterprise manufacturing information into the hands of decision-makers now is a vital business need. IncuityEMI is the most innovative and exciting application in the market for this purpose. This acquisition combines our business with the resources, technology, customer base and global delivery capabilities of Rockwell Automation and will be good for our customers. Rockwell Automation is the perfect partner for Incuity.”

“IncuityEMI gives Rockwell Automation the vital top layer in the information chain where the roles of the ERP vendor and Industrial Automation vendor meet,” Roach added. “This allows us to simplify the typically heterogeneous world of systems generating information and is a platform to build diverse solutions. Our strategy is to let customers simplify and rationalize by providing a single source for all their process information needs. This is a big step to meeting that goal.”

“EMI real-time visibility and performance management software is part of the fastest-growing segment of production management software. By collecting real-time data at the plant floor, establishing operational context, and revealing manufacturing information to the rest of the enterprise, it enables a higher level of performance at the plant level and throughout the distributed manufacturing enterprise and supply network,” said Greg Gorbach, vice president, collaborative manufacturing, at ARC Advisory Group Inc., Dedham, Mass. “Incuity Software is a pioneer in this market space. Their team understands the value and flexibility of enterprise visibility built on the foundation of a strong data model—which is a key differentiator from many other providers. This acquisition gives Rockwell Software an excellent way to meet their customers’ business need to leverage real-time manufacturing information.”

Coherent picture

IncuityEMI coexists with existing control systems and business applications, and makes data in these systems visible and actionable by presenting a coherent picture of a company’s manufacturing business through familiar internet browser and Microsoft Office interfaces. IncuityEMI provides the foundation for a range of manufacturing analytics including: real-time executive dashboards, automated production reports, Key Performance Indicator (KPI) monitoring and alerts, downtime analysis and reports, and process verification and optimization. These analytics have a wide range of applications from facility production to campus energy management.

“Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk software team is amassing some very impressive capabilities," said Alison Smith, research director at AMR Research Inc., in Boston. “The Pavilion Technologies acquisition bolstered the company’s process industry position by elevating Rockwell Automation’s software profile well above the level of process control. The acquisition of Incuity gives Rockwell Automation enterprise manufacturing intelligence capability that rivals—even surpasses—the likes of SAP’s MII on many measures, and potentially positions Rockwell Automation to commoditize many of its traditional controls platform competitors by providing a control platform agnostic intelligence layer.”

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