Process expansion: Rockwell Automation to acquire Pavilion Technologies

Milwaukee, WI— Further expanding process industries capabilities, Rockwell Automation Inc. entered into a definitive agreement to buy Pavilion Technologies Inc., a privately held company that Rockwell calls “a recognized leader in advanced process control, production optimization and environmental compliance solutions for process and hybrid industries.” Terms of the transaction, announced Oct. 25, were not disclosed.

10/25/2007


Milwaukee, WI — Further expanding process industries capabilities, Rockwell Automation Inc . entered into a definitive agreement to buy

Pavilion Technologies Inc

., a privately held company that Rockwell calls “a recognized leader in advanced process control, production optimization and environmental compliance solutions for process and hybrid industries.” Terms of the transaction, announced Oct. 25, were not disclosed.

Rockwell says the Pavilion Technologies management team and employees will become part of Rockwell Automation’s Architecture & Software segment. Pavilion Technologies software products will be integrated into the Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk integrated production and performance suite, as well as the Logix Control Platform. Headquartered in Austin, TX, with offices in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Pavilion Technologies serves major customers in consumer products, oil and gas, chemicals and other process industries.

What it means for customers
“This acquisition continues our investment in the process automation business and expands our capabilities to serve this major global market more completely,” says Steven Eisenbrown, senior vice president of the Rockwell Automation Architecture & Software segment. “Combining Pavilion Technologies’ predictive modeling capabilities with the already-robust ability of our‘Integrated Architecture’ to control process applications will help our customers create a more agile, efficient and consistent production environment. That translates into faster response to market demands at lower cost with better quality.”

Ralph Carter, CEO, Pavilion Technologies, said in information provided by Rockwell Automation, “We are delighted to combine our companies at a time when manufacturers are making unprecedented investments in improving their production operations. Pavilion Technologies’ leadership in model-based advanced process control software along with Rockwell Automation’s global resources and financial strength will accelerate our innovation efforts and help us solidify our market leadership position.”

Offering praise for Pavilion’s capabilities, Colin Masson, AMR Research, says, “In terms of technology, no one comes close to Pavilion Technologies. They’ve got a stellar list of customers and they have succeeded where many others have struggled in building a partnership with SAP.”

“This acquisition represents another key milestone in the expansion of our FactoryTalk integrated production and performance software suite,” said Kevin Roach, vice president, Rockwell Software. “Their commitment to delivering the highest ROI in the industry has helped Pavilion Technologies pioneer a customer engagement methodology built on providing predictable results.”

Also read, from the pages of Control Engineering , this Pavilion Technologies application, which highlights the benefits of the software:

Model Predictive Cost Control

.

About Pavilion Technologies
Pavilion Technologies’ model-based software drives profitability for leading manufacturers like Cemex, Glacial Lakes Energy, Nova Chemicals, Nestle, Fonterra Co-operative Group, Sabic Europe and Total Petrochemicals. Based on the most powerful predictive modeling software in the industry, Pavilion’s solutions improveest ROI in the industry, Pavilion’s ValueFirst customer engagement methodology yields predictable results.

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation Inc. says it’s a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. Brands include Allen-Bradley controls and services and Rockwell Software factory management software. The company employs about 19,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
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