Plex Systems’ Industry Leadership Recognized by Analysts, Gains Key Wins and Advances Product Offering

Momentum solidifies Plex as a key and growing player enabling digital transformation for manufacturers globally

June 29, 2022 - Plex Systems, a Rockwell Automation company and a leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, today announced advancements its solution portfolio, analyst recognition, and customer wins for its Smart Manufacturing Platform.


Plex recently unveiled several innovations in its solution offerings to support customers' ability to realize the benefits of digitalization in the evolving manufacturing and supply chain landscape:

• Additional Modularization of the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform. Enabling companies to shape their digital transformation journey, the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform offers new levels of flexibility and quick implementation with more granular, cloud-native modules. Manufacturers can start their journey with base applications like MES and quality management and seamlessly add cloud-native module packages - for example tooling or advanced quality - when needed. Read more in the recent press release.
• Machine Learning for Plex DemandCaster Supply Chain Planning. Plex is introducing machine learning to improve demand forecasting and advance automation for manufacturers' supply chain planning. Through advanced pattern recognition to deliver deeper insights, organizations can improve demand forecasting accuracy, further drive predictable execution, and lower operating costs. Read more in the recent press release.
• Availability of Plex on Microsoft Azure in EMEA. In support of customers with European data residency requirements, Rockwell Automation announced the availability of Plex on Azure. This allows customers to leverage the power and scale provided by Azure to enable faster time-to-value and is aligned with the ongoing partnership between Rockwell Automation and Microsoft. Read more in the recent press release.

Analyst Recognition from Gartner, IDC, ITRG and Constellation Research
Plex has received multiple industry recognitions in 2022, including:
• Named a Leader for its Smart Manufacturing Platform in the 2022 evaluation of the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
• Named a leader by Info-Tech Research Group in the ITRG MES Quadrant report
• Named a Major Player in two IDC MarketScape reports - IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Manufacturing ERP Applications 2022 Vendor Assessment (Doc #US49047922, May 2022) and the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Operational ERP Applications 2022 Vendor Assessment (Doc #US46733721, May 2022)
• Included on the Constellation ShortList™ for Product Centric Cloud ERP solutions in Q1 2022.
Recent Synergistic Wins in Key Market Verticals
Since the acquisition of Plex by Rockwell Automation in September 2021, multiple wins in targeted market segments have proven the strong synergy generated by joint go-to-market strategy. Rockwell Automation recently announced the selection of Plex's cloud-native Manufacturing Execution System (MES) by REE Automotive, an automotive technology leader and provider of electric vehicle (EV) platforms. REE Automotive is benefiting from using Rockwell Automation for its line-side controls and is now looking to create even greater efficiencies and savings through this MES deployment. Plex MES will underpin REE's highly digitalized manufacturing operations in the UK and US as the company prepares for full-scale production in 2023.
In support of developing the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow, McMaster University, a top educational institution in Ontario, Canada, will implement Plex Production Monitoring alongside its Rockwell Automation products at the university's Learning Factory, located within the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. The Learning Factory is a world-class facility that simulates the factory of the future, with several manufacturing and post-processing stations for students to work with including metal additive manufacturing, CNC machine tooling, 3D printing, injection molding, laser cutting and electronics.
7th Annual State of Smart Manufacturing Report
Beyond its new products, customers, and analyst recognition, Plex recently launched its 7th State of Smart Manufacturing report. This valuable survey of global manufacturers found that an overwhelming majority (83%) believe smart manufacturing is a key to their organization's future success. Plex continues to help solve for this need to automate and integrate from the shop floor to the top floor.

Rockwell Automation and Plex Combine for ROKLive 2022
Earlier this month, Rockwell Automation held ROKLive, a Rockwell Automation and Plex Systems event in Orlando, Fla. Joining with Plex's annual PowerPlex event, the in-person ROKLive experience brought together operations, maintenance, engineering and technology leaders and innovators to explore how Rockwell Automation's enterprise-wide solutions are linking OT and IT like never before. "From engagement with prospects to compelling keynote presentations, Plex's momentum was on full display at ROKLive," said Brian Shepherd, Rockwell Automation senior vice president, Software & Control. "After interacting directly with our customers at the event, we're even more excited for the power of the combined Rockwell and Plex portfolio to transform manufacturing."

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About Plex Systems
Plex Systems, Inc., a Rockwell Automation Company, is a leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, empowering the world's manufacturers to make awesome products. Our platform gives manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track, and analyze every aspect of their business to drive transformation. The Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform includes solutions for manufacturing execution (MES), ERP, quality, supply chain planning and management, asset performance management, production monitoring, process automation and analytics to connect people, systems, machines and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision, efficiency and agility.

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 25,000 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 www.rockwellautomation.com.

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