Food Engineering
TECH FLASH

Rockwell buys SoftSwitching Technologies

March 27, 2012

Rockwell Automation, Inc. purchased the assets of SoftSwitching Technologies, a provider of industrial power quality detection and protection systems, located in Middleton, WI.

SoftSwitching Technologies’ solutions improve uptime in manufacturing production by identifying and correcting brief power disruptions (voltage sags). 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 those in the semiconductor, automotive, food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

“Brief power disruptions account for up to 70 percent of all unscheduled downtime in manufacturing today,” says Bob Lennon, Rockwell 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 assets.”

SoftSwitching Technologies’ battery-free, environmentally friendly products can provide cost and performance advantages over battery-based, three-phase uninterruptible power supplies or constant voltage transformers. 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 diagnostics.