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November 13, 2013

Rockwell Automation to acquire Jacobs Automation

Mary Page Bailey

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, Wis.; www.rockwellautomation.com) has announced that it has agreed to purchase Jacobs Automation, a leader in intelligent-track motion-control technology. Jacobs Automation provides a motion-control solution called the iTRAK System. This technology improves 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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