Rockwell Automation to acquire Datasweep

By Plant Engineering Staff December 1, 2005

Rockwell Automation Inc. announced in November it will buy Datasweep Inc., a privately held manufacturing production management software solutions.

Located in San Jose, CA, Datasweep currently serves major customers in the pharmaceutical, high-tech electronics, automotive and medical device industries. The Datasweep management team and their employees will join the Rockwell Software organization. In addition, Rockwell Automation will integrate and then rebrand Datasweep Advantage software products into its newly introduced FactoryTalk integrated production management and performance suite.

“This strategic acquisition emphasizes our commitment to deliver a world-class, plant-wide information software suite that drives manufacturing excellence,” said Steve Eisenbrown, senior vice president of Rockwell’s automation control and information group.

“This acquisition is a key milestone in developing the FactoryTalk suite into a multi-industry, multiplant capable enterprise manufacturing software platform,” said Kevin Roach, vice president, Rockwell Software. “Datasweep has a demonstrated track record for helping manufacturers dramatically improve production information tracking, visibility and control across an entire enterprise.”

“I am very excited about this business combination which will bring to market a broad range of solutions based on our joint vision,” said Vladimir Preysman, founder and CEO, Datasweep. “The combination of Datasweep enterprise systems with the Rockwell Automation information software and plant-wide solutions will bring unprecedented value and scale to our existing and future customers.”

“The synergies are obvious here, and customers will reap the benefits,” said Greg Gorbach, vice president, ARC Advisory Group. “Datasweep’s products strategically extend Rockwell Automation’s current offering, while Datasweep customers will benefit from Rockwell Automation’s market strength.”