April 20, 2021

ComauRockwell400x275Rockwell Automation and Comau have announced they are joining forces to give businesses worldwide vital tools to maximize manufacturing efficiencies through unified robot control solutions. The goal is to simplify robot integration for manufacturers, giving them easier, smarter and more productive ways to design, deploy and manage robot applications.

“Industrial companies are looking for efficient ways to integrate robotics into their operations for process optimization and agility,” said Blake Moret, CEO and chairman of Rockwell Automation. The collaboration “will simplify programming and lifecycle management, accelerating time to value for our customers.”

The partnership is a collaborative development and selling model that offers the unified robot control product to both companies’ customers, the two said in a statement.

“Comau’s robotics and industrial automation expertise, as well as its reputation for high performance, reliability, and quality, combined with Rockwell Automation’s global capabilities and experience in automating material handling, food and beverage, household and personal care, and life sciences, gives customers the incremental value of an integrated robot solution,” said Paolo Carmassi, CEO of Comau. “Comau is eager to work with such an important partner that has a market-leading global footprint in all industries.”

With the collaboration, engineers will be able to program their entire machine in one environment, including Comau robot arms directly controlled through Rockwell’s Logix-based controllers. Rockwell’s Studio 5000 automation system design software eliminates the task of trying to coordinate traditionally separate machine control and robot systems to work together using two different software tools. Machine builders, system integrators and other developers will gain efficiencies through digital engineering tools like Rockwell’s Emulate3D digital twin software, which creates digital models of production lines, auto-generates machine control code, and has built-in capabilities for Comau robots.

In addition, end users can use analytics and digital twin tools to gain deeper insights into machine performance and potential production optimization. They can also use safety and security solutions to reduce business risks.

The products and technologies that will be key for robotics integration include:

  • Allen-Bradley ControlLogix control systems
  • Kinetix 5700 servo drive platform
  • Studio 5000 automation system design software
  • FactoryTalk View human-machine interface software
  • FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC digital transformation software suite
  • Emulate3D digital twin software
  • PTC Vuforia AR tools for remote collaboration and information capture.

Comau’s robot range includes more than 40 different industrial robotic arms, with capacities from 3 up to 650 kg, and serves several industries, from automotive to logistics, food and beverage, and packaging, among others.

More details on Rockwell Automation’s offerings can be found here; while information on Comau’s robots can be found here.