Rockwell Automation and Comau join hands to help manufacturers simplify robot integration

Milwaukee, USA, Turin, Italy, April 21, 2021——Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), one of the world’s largest industrial automation, informatization and digital transformation companies, and Comau, the world’s leading industrial automation and robotics manufacturer, announced today that the two parties will work together to provide important tools for global companies. Maximize manufacturing efficiency through a unified robot control solution.

Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, said: “Industrial companies are looking for efficient ways to integrate robotics into operations to optimize processes and achieve agility. Rockwell Automation and Comau The company’s cooperation will simplify robot programming and life cycle management, thereby helping customers accelerate value realization.”

Moret said that the expansion of robot applications is rooted in Rockwell Automation’s larger strategy, which is to help industrial enterprises save time and improve performance through unified robot control, and ultimately bring long-term value to the enterprise. The cooperative development and sales model provides a unified robot control product for the customers of the two companies.

Paolo Carmassi, Chief Executive Officer of Comau, said: “Comau’s robotics and industrial automation expertise, as well as its reputation for outstanding performance, reliability and high quality, plus Rockwell Automation’s expertise in automated material handling, food Global capabilities and experience in beverages, home and personal care, and life sciences will bring more value to the integrated robotic solutions we provide to customers. Comau is very looking forward to cooperating with such a company in all industries in the world. Leading companies to cooperate.”

Now, engineers can program the entire machine in the same environment, including direct control of Comau robot arms through Rockwell Automation’s Logix-based controller. Two different software tools are needed when machine control and robot systems work together. This is a time-consuming and difficult task. Rockwell Automation’s Studio 5000® automation system design software provides a Solutions can change this status quo.

Equipment manufacturers, system integrators and other companies will be able to use digital engineering tools (such as Rockwell Automation’s digital twin software Emulate3D™) to improve development and deployment efficiency. The software can create a digital model of the production line, automatically generate machine control codes, and has the built-in functions of Comau robots.

In addition to enhanced integration capabilities, the joint solution of Rockwell Automation and Comau will also provide other advantages. For example, end users can use analytics and digital twin tools to gain a deeper understanding of machine performance and potential factors for optimizing production. In addition, they can use safety and security solutions to reduce business risks.

With the help of the Rockwell FactoryTalk® software suite, operators on the manufacturing floor will be able to see the production line and the robot control system at the same time on a single interface. In-plant and remote technicians only need to learn and maintain one architecture to monitor two systems. They can also use Rockwell Automation’s Augmented Reality (AR) tools to improve life cycle and service cycle maintenance.

Automazioni Industriali Capitanio (AIC) is a well-known system integrator that designs, manufactures and debugs automation systems for the metal industry and is an early user of this joint solution. Marco Capitanio, general manager of AIC, said that the cooperation between Rockwell Automation and Comau enables the company to provide customers with seamless robotic solutions, which is a key advantage for equipment manufacturers.

Capitanio said: “We attach great importance to a simple and flexible programming environment, complete robot monitoring and diagnostic parameters, and the ability to utilize existing automation panels and standard control equipment.”

For robot integration, Rockwell Automation’s products and technologies are essential, including:

· Allen-Bradley ControlLogix® control system

· Kinetix® 5700 Servo Drive Platform

· Studio 5000® Automation System Design Software

· FactoryTalk® View Human Machine Interface (HMI) software

· FactoryTalk® InnovationSuite™, supported by PTC Digital Transformation Software Suite

· Emulate3D™ Digital Twin Software

· PTC Vuforia AR tool for remote collaboration and information capture

At the same time, Comau’s extensive robot product line also meets the needs of various industries, such as automotive, logistics, food and beverage, packaging and other industries. Comau has more than 40 different industrial robot arms with load capacities ranging from 3 to 650 kg.

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