Rockwell Automation opens Electric Vehicle Innovation Center in Silicon Valley

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Rockwell Automation has opened its new 8,000ft² (2,438m²) Electric Vehicle Innovation Centre at 111 North Market Street in San Jose, California, within the company’s existing information solutions development facility.

The center will provide live manufacturing demonstrations, hands-on trials utilizing new technology, and events showcasing collaboration with industry experts and partners.

Utilizing augmented and virtual reality modeling, the EV Innovation Center offers an environment for companies to learn about new technologies and standards.

The combination of Rockwell Automation’s technology with partner technology is, according to the company, what makes the center unique. Some examples include the integrated Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC software; and the Eagle Technologies battery pack assembly machine and Fanuc robot technologies, which are both integrated with Rockwell Automation technology.

“With growing global consumer demand, electric vehicle companies are challenged to meet aggressive production time lines,” said John Kacsur, vice president, automotive and tire industries, Rockwell Automation.

“We established the Electric Vehicle Innovation Center to expand their possibilities and enable them to deliver 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,” continued Kacsur.

“With over 4,000 successfully designed, installed and commissioned automotive manufacturing projects, Rockwell Automation knows how to help EV manufacturers get products to market faster and better manage enterprise risks.”

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