PRWeb | September 27, 2023
Advantive, a mission-critical software provider for specialty manufacturing and distribution businesses, announced today its acquisition of Proplanner, a leader in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). This acquisition further advances Advantive's commitment to driving innovation in the manufacturing and distribution lifecycle.
As the only assembly-focused PLM system available in the market today, Proplanner is trusted by many leading names in aerospace, automotive, agriculture, and construction to help manage assembly line manufacturing, generate detailed work instructions, track the location of parts, and improve shop floor layout and efficiency. This acquisition adds expertise and elevates Advantive's capabilities across the assembly space while helping customers organize manufacturing data, prevent errors, and reduce costs.
"Today marks a significant milestone for Advantive as we embrace the future of manufacturing technology," said Benoit de la Tour, CEO of Advantive. "With Proplanner's cutting-edge solutions and expertise, we are well-positioned to revolutionize the PLM space and bring unmatched value to our customers. This acquisition strengthens our resolve and brings Advantive to the forefront of innovation, and we look forward to the exciting journey ahead."
The Proplanner Assembly PLM solution features three technology platforms designed to increase efficiency: Assembly Planner, Shop Floor MES, and Flow Planner. Embraced by customers in heavy manufacturing, Proplanner complements Advantive's existing suite of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), MES, and Statistical Process Control (SPC) software by adding elements of analysis, tracking, and optimization to human-enabled product assembly. With the addition of Proplanner, Advantive now covers every dimension of complex manufacturing processes – from planning and execution, to assembly, quality, warehousing, transportation, and more.
"We are thrilled to become part of Advantive's vision for the future," said Dave Sly, Proplanner CEO. "By joining forces with Advantive, we are excited to bring a synergistic suite of manufacturing solutions and value-generating software to our customers. Together, we will set new industry standards for efficiency and productivity."
Advantive is a leading provider of mission-critical software for specialty manufacturing and distribution companies, offering purpose-built ERP, MES, and SPC software solutions that meet the unique needs of our customers. Serving over 5,000 customers and operating in 14 countries, Advantive's software solutions streamline complex processes, optimize operations visibility and throughput, and drive improved quality, profitability, and revenue growth. Deeply embedded into key end-to-end workflows, Advantive's software uses automation, seamless integration, and real-time data to streamline plant scheduling, order management, quality control, sales order forecasting and pricing, ecommerce, and delivery – making the complex, simple.
Robotics and Automation
Shapeways | September 25, 2023
Shapeways Holdings, a prominent player in the digital manufacturing industry, has announced substantial growth in its multi-million-dollar automotive sector, particularly in the electric vehicle (EV) segment. The company's Enterprise Manufacturing Solutions division has secured a contract valued at over a quarter of a million dollars, reinforcing Shapeways' commitment to the EV and automotive industries.
According to MarketsandMarkets Research, the electric vehicle market is projected to reach $951.9 billion by 2030, with significant growth in the commercial EV sector.
The growth and expansion are taking place within the automotive and electric vehicle sectors on a global scale. Shapeways has secured a contract worth over $250,000, highlighting its continued expansion in the automotive and EV industries. It is focused on manufacturing high-performance parts for electric vehicles, aligning with the industry's shift toward sustainability. The company’s Enterprise Manufacturing Solutions division specializes in providing advanced manufacturing solutions to various industries, including automotive. The company's recent contract underscores its dedication to supporting sustainable transportation by manufacturing critical components for commercial, large-scale electric delivery vehicles.
GM of Enterprise Manufacturing Solutions at Shapeways, Aidan O’Sullivan, remarked,
“We share our clients' vision for the production of quality, high-performance parts, and this commitment becomes more visible in our growing portfolio within the EV sector.”
Shapeways is capitalizing on the growing demand for electric vehicles and aims to play a vital role in manufacturing essential components for this burgeoning market. The company's expertise in enterprise-level manufacturing and advanced technologies positions it as a key player in the automotive, medical, robotics, and other sectors. The electric vehicle market is experiencing rapid growth, and Shapeways is actively contributing to this industry by manufacturing critical parts for electric delivery vehicles.
Sales Director, Automotive Vertical at Shapeways, John Tenbusch, remarked,
“This new contract underscores our dedication to advancing sustainable transportation. Through partnerships with key industry leaders, we're ensuring, our technological capabilities translate to real-world impact."
Shapeways is a global leader in digital manufacturing, where it seamlessly merges additive and traditional technologies with proprietary software solutions tailored for manufacturers and their clientele. This strategic approach serves to reduce costs and enhance supply chain efficiency. Collaborating with a multitude of companies involved in industrial sectors such as automotive, medical, transportation, aerospace, and defense, Shapeways assists in expanding their operations tackling intricate product development challenges.
Robotics and Automation
Business Wire | October 04, 2023
Rockwell Automation, Inc., the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, today announced it completed its acquisition of Ontario, Canada-based Clearpath Robotics Inc., a leader in autonomous robotics, including autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for industrial applications.
The acquisition includes Clearpath Robotics’ namesake research division, a leader in developing autonomous technology for the innovation market, and the industrial division OTTO Motors, which provides AMRs, the next frontier in industrial automation and transformation. Both divisions report to Rockwell’s Intelligent Devices operating segment.
“We are delighted to welcome the Clearpath Robotics and OTTO Motors teams to Rockwell,” said Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “This acquisition marks a turning point for our customers around the world. Rockwell is simplifying and transforming the difficult yet critical function of material handling throughout the manufacturing plant with an end-to-end production logistics solution. Production logistics is key to optimizing operations across an entire facility and bringing the Connected Enterprise to life.”
OTTO Motors will be featured at Rockwell’s Automation Fair, the world’s premier industrial automation and digital transformation event, Nov. 6-9 in Boston, where customers will see first-hand the significant impact that AMRs will have on productivity and safety across operations.
According to Interact Analysis, the market for AMRs in manufacturing is expected to grow about 30% per year over the next five years, with an estimated market size of $6.2 billion by 2027. This acquisition is expected to contribute a percentage point to Rockwell’s fiscal year 2024 revenue growth.
“Not only do AMRs connect islands of automation; they are often one of the final major elements that help manufacturers achieve autonomous production logistics, enabling significant value creation for the manufacturer and their customers,” said Amar Mehta, EY Americas Strategy and Transactions Advanced Manufacturing Leader. “Rockwell is a leader in the key hardware, software, and services that are needed to integrate AMRs into a manufacturing plant. With this acquisition, Rockwell enhances its ability to take manufacturers on a full end-to-end digital transformation for their production environments."
About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc., is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 28,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing the Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises.
OTTO Motors by Rockwell Automation
OTTO Motors by Rockwell Automation is a global leader in autonomous technology for material handling inside manufacturing and warehouse facilities. With over five million hours of production experience, OTTO autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are trusted in mission-critical operations for some of the world’s most recognized brands. OTTO Motors was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Robotics Companies of 2023.
Clearpath Robotics by Rockwell Automation
Clearpath Robotics by Rockwell Automation is a global leader in unmanned vehicle robotics for research and development, and provides hardware, software, and services to enable mobile robotics product deployment and operation. Clearpath works with over 500 of the world’s most innovative brands in over 40 countries, serving markets that span mining, military, agriculture, aerospace, and academia. Clearpath was recognized as a Robotics Business Review’s RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards 2023 Winner.