Rockwell acquires SoftSwitching Technologies

Rockwell Automation has announced the purchase of SoftSwitching Technologies, a leading provider of industrial power quality detection and protection systems.

Solutions from SoftSwitching Technologies improve uptime in manufacturing production by identifying and correcting brief power disruptions called “voltage sags”. Typically, voltage sags can cause computerised machinery to go off-line, precision instruments to fail, and control systems to shut down. These problems can be extremely costly for customers, particularly in the semiconductor, automotive, food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

“Brief power disruptions account for up to 70% of all unscheduled downtime in manufacturing today,” said Bob Lennon, vice president of industrial components. “Studies show that most of these events are caused by voltage sags lasting less than two seconds. SoftSwitching Technologies products strengthen our capabilities in plant-wide optimisation, complement our current power quality solutions and protect our customers’ manufacturing assets.”

The battery-free, environmentally friendly products from SoftSwitching Technologies provide cost and performance advantages over battery-based, three-phase uninterruptible power supplies or constant voltage transformers. The global, centralised intelligent network system also provides power grid alerts so manufacturers can monitor activity and correlate power quality events with unscheduled downtime, saving hours of guesswork and mechanical diagnostics.

“This acquisition provides the necessary resources to extend all SoftSwitching Technologies’ unique technologies into many more applications through the Rockwell Automation global channels network,” said Jason Doescher, chief financial officer at SoftSwitching Technologies.

SoftSwitching Technologies will be aligned within the Rockwell Automation Control Products & Solutions operating segment

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