Software firm PTC has joined forces with Rockwell Automation to launch a factory innovation software suite they say will enable companies to accelerate digital transformation strategies for greater productivity through making complex processes more simple.

The Factory Talk Innovation Suite is powered by PTC software, which provides decision-makers with improved data and insights. The collaborative offering is the first to integrate technologies from both companies following a strategic partnership announcement in June.

The new software improves connectivity to operational technology (OT) devices on the plant floor, natively supporting the rapid, scalable, and secure connection of the most commonly used industrial equipment. Combined with data from information technology (IT) applications and systems, decision makers can gain a complete digital representation of their industrial equipment, lines, and facilities from anywhere in the company.

"Our offering is unique in its ability to improve how companies capitalise on the IIoT by combining expertise from industry, technology, and plant-floor professionals," says John Genovesi, incoming senior vice president, enterprise accounts and software, at Rockwell Automation. "Now we're bringing innovative solutions from PTC together with leading analytics and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) from Rockwell Automation for a differentiated industry solution."

Catherine Kniker, head of strategic alliances, PTC, adds: "We're moving the needle on how leading-edge technology is applied in industrial environments. Manufacturers have seen digital technology rapidly change, but their execution continues to follow practices established for the legacy business. This bundled offering will help organisations accelerate time to value and reinvent how they compete by breaking down barriers across their operations through a comprehensive approach to operational intelligence."

Included in this collaborative offering are the FactoryTalk Analytics and MOM platforms, as well as PTC's ThingWorx Industrial IoT Platform, which includes industrial connectivity from Kepware, and the Vuforia augmented reality solution.

Key features of applications within the new collaborative offering include intuitive, user-friendly interfaces showing data from multiple sources, automated advanced analytics, and augmented reality.