Motion control company to be acquired, integrated

Rockwell Automation announced it will purchase Jacobs Automation, a motion control company, which will be integrated into Rockwell's Automation Motion Business.


The iTRAK System, is a motion control system offered by Jacobs Automation, which has just been purchased by Rockwell Automation. Courtesy: Rockwell AutomationRockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) announced that it has agreed to purchase Jacobs Automation, which specializes in track motion control technology. Jacobs Automation provides a motion control solution called the iTrak System. This technology is designed to performance across a wide range of packaging, material handling and other applications for the global machine builder market.

iTrak's technology enables independent control of multiple magnetically propelled movers on straight and curved paths. The system enables machine and equipment builders to reduce cost and complexity, while allowing end users to standardize on one platform for better optimization, improved reliability and faster system deployment.

Jacobs Automation, based in Erlanger, Ky., will be integrated into Rockwell Automation's Motion Business, within its Architecture & Software segment. The acquisition is expected to close January 2014. 

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