Rockwell Automation to acquire Jacobs Automation

13 November 2013

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Rockwell Automation has agreed to purchase Jacobs Automation, the company that provides a motion control product called the iTRAK System. This technology improves performance across a wide range of packaging, material handling and other applications for the global machine builder market.

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

iTRAK’s technology enables independent control of multiple magnetically propelled movers on straight and curved paths. The system enables machine and equipment builders to reduce cost and complexity, while allowing end users to standardise on one platform for better optimisation, improved reliability and faster system deployment.

Keith Jacobs, president, Jacobs Automation, says: “iTRAK is a disruptive technology providing faster speed and greater flexibility for machine builders. 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. As a member of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program, Jacobs Automation will exhibit at the Automation Fair event Nov. 13–14, at the George C. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, USA. To learn more please go to

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