Rockwell Automation and PTC have announced strategic enhancements to industry leading FactoryTalk InnovationSuite to serve the needs of an extremely fast growing, dynamic industrial digital transformation market. Launched in 2018, the suite offering has already seen rapid customer adoption, helping achieve significant improvements in operational efficiency, reduction in unplanned downtime and improved quality.

The latest enhancements center around improved OT/IT integration, enabling customers to contextualise real-time operational data from critical sources such as plant floor devices, control platforms, and time series-based Historians and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). By automatically integrating the contextualised data and underlying data models into Industrial IoT/Analytics platforms like the PTC ThingWorx platform, clients are able to simplify, automate, and accelerate OT/IT convergence.

This approach also maintains, enriches, and propagates OT data models into IT systems. These data models and the underlying information can then be leveraged in developing richer analytic insights and predictive outcomes at the enterprise level.

A milestone in joint innovation

“These integration capabilities reduce the data cleansing, aggregation and contextualisation work by up to 80 per cent, which accelerates digital transformation deployment,” Arvind Rao, director, product management at Rockwell Automation, said. “These new capabilities will allow customers to achieve faster time to value and increased ROI. We are very pleased to achieve yet another milestone in this joint innovation journey with PTC and be recognised as leaders in modular and integrated capabilities spanning Industrial IoT, analytics, MES, and augmented reality.”

Howard Heppelmann, divisional vice president and general manager, connected operations at PTC echoed those sentiments. “We are delighted with the deeper integration capabilities of the FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, but more importantly how we are applying the technology to high value digital use cases that unlock double digit impact for our customers,” he said “We look forward to continuing our strategic relationship with Rockwell Automation to help customers accelerate and simplify their connected enterprise journey.”