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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

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

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“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.”

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.
  • 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.

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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 Factorylocated 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.

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