Rockwell Automation said Monday that it purchased the assets
of SoftSwitching Technologies, a Middleton, Wisconsin-based
provider of industrial power quality detection and protection
SoftSwitching Technologies solutions improve uptime in
manufacturing production by identifying and correcting brief
power disruptions called voltage sags, company
Typically, voltage sags can cause computerized machinery to
go off-line, precision instruments to fail, and control systems
to shut down.
These problems can be extremely costly for customers,
particularly in the semiconductor, automotive, food, beverage
and pharmaceutical industries, Rockwell said.
Brief power disruptions account for up to 70 percent
of all unscheduled downtime in manufacturing today, said
Bob Lennon, vice president of industrial components.
Studies show that most of these events are caused by
voltage sags lasting less than two seconds. SoftSwitching
Technologies products strengthen our capabilities in
plant-wide optimization, complement our current power quality
solutions and protect our customers manufacturing
SoftSwitching Technologies battery-free products
provide cost and performance advantages over battery-based,
three-phase uninterruptible power supplies or constant voltage
transformers, company officials said.
The global, centralized intelligent network system also
provides power grid alerts so manufacturers can monitor
activity and correlate power quality events with unscheduled
downtime, saving hours of guesswork and mechanical
This acquisition provides the necessary resources to
extend all SoftSwitching Technologies unique technologies
into many more applications through the Rockwell Automation
global channels network, said Jason Doescher,
SoftSwitching Technologies chief financial officer.
SoftSwitching Technologies will be aligned within the
Rockwell Automation Control Products & Solutions operating
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.