Rockwell Automation acquires ESC Services

27 October 2014

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Rockwell Automation acquires ESC ServicesRockwell Automation is purchasing the assets of ESC Services, Inc., a global hazardous energy control provider of lockout-tagout services and systems.

Matt Fordenwalt, Rockwell Automation consulting business manager, says: “ESC Services will enable Rockwell Automation customers to increase asset utilisation and strengthen enterprise risk management, while adding safety to our growing portfolio of data-driven, cloud-enabled services.”

ESC’s methodology utilises Quick Response (QR) codes that can be scanned to obtain asset information and streamline compliance with both external regulations and internal safety policies.

Kelly Michalscheck, president, ESC Services, says: “The global use of lockout-tagout is expanding among multi-national corporations, and represents a great growth opportunity. This acquisition enables us to extend ESC Services lockout-tagout procedures and ScanESC solutions to tens of thousands of additional OEM machines, delivering more value and unique offerings to Rockwell Automation’s extensive global channels.”

ESC Services, based in Franklin, WI, will be integrated into Rockwell Automation’s Control Products & Solutions segment as part of its customer support and maintenance business unit. Terms were not disclosed.

The ScanESC lockout-tagout technology will be on display at Automation Fair, 19–20 November, in Anaheim, CA. To learn more about the acquisition of ESC Services, Inc. go to

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