Rockwell Automation Opens Electric Vehicle Innovation Center

By Chad Elmore24 June 2019

Rockwell Automation, a solutions and services provider to the automotive industry, has opened a new 8000 sq. ft. Electric Vehicle (EV) Innovation Center in San Jose, Calif., within its Information Solutions development facility. The company said the center will provide live manufacturing demonstrations, hands-on trials utilizing new technology and events showcasing collaboration with industry experts and Rockwell Automation partners.

Utilizing augmented and virtual reality modeling, the EV Innovation Center is expected to provide start-ups and established manufacturers an environment to learn new technologies and standards, enabling them to deliver electric vehicles to market faster, with less risk and at lower cost.

The combination of Rockwell Automation technology with partner technology is what makes the center unique. Specifically, Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, is an integrated solution that combines software from PTC and Rockwell Automation. Eagle Technologies provides the battery pack assembly machine (shown here in a screen grab from this video), and FANUC furnishes robot technologies, both integrated with Rockwell Automation technology.

Hirata, a turnkey assembly line builder, provides an assembly cell that demonstrates electric drive unit assembly and testing. Emulate 3D, Rockwell Automation’s simulation software, helps to prototype and test machines before they’re built. Teamtechnik performs functional testing to confirm performance before building the drive into the electric vehicle.

“With growing global consumer demand, electric vehicle companies are challenged to meet aggressive production timelines,” said John Kacsur, vice president, Automotive and Tire Industries, Rockwell Automation. “We established the Electric Vehicle Innovation Center to expand their possibilities and get their products to consumers quickly and at the lowest possible cost, while operating more efficiently.

“It’s an immersive experience that helps customers develop and realize The Connected Enterprise — our vision for smart manufacturing that enables customers to leverage data and achieve positive business outcomes,” said Kacsur. “With over 4000 successfully designed, installed and commissioned automotive manufacturing projects, Rockwell Automation knows how to help EV manufacturers get to market faster and better manage enterprise risks.”

Kacsur noted that the EV Center supports digitalization efforts not only for auto acustomers but for customers in all industries. Customers are welcome to visit the EV Center and consult with industry experts.

Rockwell Automation Inc. is dedicated to industrial automation and information. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., it employs approximately 23,000 people and has customers in more than 80 countries.

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