Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Rockwell Automation partners with NVIDIA to increase scale and scope of AI in manufacturing

March 19, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Rockwell Automation is collaborating with NVIDIA to accelerate a next-generation industrial architecture. The collaboration will reportedly help automation customers create factories of the future.

“Our work with NVIDIA is poised to help accelerate the future of industrial operations and create value across our portfolio of software, hardware, and services – from the cloud to the factory floor,” said Jordan Reynolds, vice president, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy, Rockwell Automation.

Rockwell will integrate NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud application programming interfaces (APIs) with Emulate3D by Rockwell Automation, bringing users data interoperability, live collaboration and physically based visualization for designing, building and operating industrial-scale digital twins of production systems.

Rockwell plans to evolve the industry by creating the factory of the future, making it easier for automation customers to digitalize industrial processes. Factories of the future will be characterized by enhanced sensing capabilities with machine vision, accelerated compute capability in control systems, advanced simulations equipped with learning agents, widespread adoption of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), and generative AI (GenAI) experiences to enhance information retrieval for frontline operators.


“The demand for the accelerated computing needed to create, simulate, and operate large-scale digital twins is rising,” said Rev Lebaredian, vice president, Omniverse and Simulation Technology, NVIDIA. “Rockwell will integrate NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud APIs with its Emulate3D digital twin application to help make factory analysis, including operations and simulation, easier and more predictive than ever.”

By developing on the NVIDIA robotics platform for edge AI, Rockwell is helping to bring AMRs – through its recent acquisition of OTTO Motors – and process automation applications to industrial customers.

As part of this collaboration, NVIDIA is now an official member of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork. Its customers can now use NVIDIA applications to help make their operations resilient, agile and sustainable.

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