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Rockwell Automation Announces Strategic Partnerships, Celebrates Record Attendance at Automation Fair 2019

November 20, 2019

Industrial leader announces partnerships and collaborations with best-in-trade digital solutions to bring The Connected Enterprise to life

CHICAGO — Today, Rockwell Automation and members of its global PartnerNetwork program opened the 27th annual Automation Fair held in Chicago. The event sees record-breaking attendance of over 19,000 makers, builders and innovators from across the globe to attend industry forums, networking events and learn about the newest innovations in automation.

Blake Moret, chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, announced from the stage the formation of its Digital Partner Program. The new program includes significant collaborations with Accenture, a strategic partnership with ANSYS and accelerated work with Microsoft. Further progress and new developments in the partnership between Rockwell Automation and PTC also made news throughout the week.

The grand prize winner of the You Make It Challenge, the company’s latest contest for young inventors and makers, was also named. Presentations from the three finalists included innovations addressing important issues from childhood bullying and sanitation in emerging countries to, the winner, a sump pump overflow and failure prediction system based on machine learning.

“This year is our biggest and best Automation Fair ever. We’re anticipating over 19,000 people from around the world, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve prepared,” said Blake Moret, chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “Fundamentally, Automation Fair is a learning event. With over 150 exhibits on the floor and dozens of training sessions and forums, we are showcasing how we are helping our customers be more productive and sustainable.”

Automation Fair features forums showcasing best practices from customers and leaders in nine critical industries including chemical, food and beverage, life sciences, material handling, mining, OEMs and smart machines, power and energy, water and wastewater, and workforce development. Hands-on labs deliver interactive product training, while technical sessions provide lectures with cutting-edge use cases and demonstrations. Both offer tracks in control; information solutions; network infrastructure; power, motion and motor control; process solutions; safety and security; services and solutions; and visualization.

To learn more about how Rockwell Automation is expanding human possibility, visit For Automation Fair event images and information on product and related announcements from the event, please visit the Automation Fair online pressroom at, or follow #ROKLive on social channels.

About the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork Program

The Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program offers global manufacturers access to a collaborative network of companies mutually focused on developing, implementing and supporting best-in-breed solutions to achieve plant-wide optimization, improve machine performance and meet sustainability objectives.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), 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 23,000 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, visit

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