Rockwell Automation: Accelerating Digital Transformation
The news follows the recent announcement that the two firms are extending and expanding the scope of their strategic alliance following strong market momentum and widespread industry recognition of InnovationSuite.
Upon its original launch in 2018, InnovationSuite has successfully delivered a range of high-value solutions for the world’s largest automotive, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, oil and gas and pharmaceutical firms across 21 countries.
“The need for digital transformation has increased significantly as our customers accelerate innovation, maximize workforce productivity, and optimize operations,” said Arvind Rao, director of product management at Rockwell Automation. “These new capabilities combined with our industry-leading partner ecosystem helps us extend our technology and solutions leadership, meeting our customers' needs for simplicity, scale, and domain expertise.”
FactoryTalk InnovationSuite is the industry’s first comprehensive digital transformation software suite that provides fully integrated industrial internet of things (IIoT), edge-to-cloud analytics, manufacturing execution system (MES) and augmented reality (AR) capabilities required for the connected enterprise. InnovationSuite streamlines the process to quickly develop, operationalise and scale innovative solutions to operations globally.
“We are pleased to be collaborating with the Rockwell Automation team on the next generation of our InnovationSuite offering,” said Don Busiek, senior vice president, strategic alliances, PTC. “As we help organisations realign their digital transformation goals to combat the current macroeconomic environment, we are confident that InnovationSuite offers the most comprehensive and effective way to optimize their people, products, and processes - empowering manufacturers to embrace their new normal.”
New enhancements to InnovationSuite were created to help customers across a number of digital transformation priorities, including:
- Accelerating IT/OT Integration
The recently confirmed FactoryTalk Edge Gateway enhances the fidelity of operational technology data through rich contextualisation using the Rockwell Automation unique FactoryTalk Smart Object capability and packages it to a configurable data model that can be mapped to upstream information technology applications to glean enterprise insights.
- Simplifying Edge-to-Cloud Enterprise Analytics
FactoryTalk Analytics now provides a comprehensive array of simplified data science capabilities for multiple personas - process engineers, data scientists and citizen data scientists and reduce analytics data preparation effort by up to 70%.
- Enabling Enterprise-Class Digital Thread
The Rockwell Automation Digital Thread uniquely allows a collaborative workflow across product designers, production engineers and OEM suppliers, which optimises the design process from the beginning. This approach shrinks new product development time to months from years. By validating and optimising performance in a virtual environment prior to physical implementation, commissioning time is reduced by half.
- Delivering Value through World-Class Consulting and Professional Services
Following the purchase of Kalypso, Rockwell Automation now provides a full suite of consulting, data science, technology, business process management and managed services that allow the transformation of the value chain, from product to plant to customers. With around 250 new InnovationSuite customers and a plethora of repeatable industrial use cases, the Rockwell Automation consulting and delivery services are a highly differentiated part of the InnovationSuite digital transformation journey to scale time to value.
Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar
Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022.
During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory.
"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."
Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year.
"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."
Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.
Watch this space.