Rockwell Automation, Inc. today announced it has purchased the assets of ESC Services, Inc., a global hazardous energy-control provider of lockout-tagout services and solutions.
“ESC Services will enable Rockwell Automation customers to increase asset utilisation and strengthen enterprise-risk management, whilst adding safety to our growing portfolio of data-driven, cloud-enabled services,” said Matt Fordenwalt, Rockwell Automation Consulting Business Manager.
ESC’s unique methodology utilises Quick Response (QR) codes that can be scanned to obtain asset information and streamline compliance with both external regulations and internal safety policies. “The global use of lockout-tagout is expanding amongst multinational corporations, and represents a great growth opportunity,” said Kelly Michalscheck, President, ESC Services. “This acquisition enables us to extend ESC Services lockout-tagout procedures and ScanESC solutions to tens of thousands of additional OEM machines, delivering more value and unique offerings to the extensive global channels of Rockwell Automation.”
ESC Services, based in Franklin, Wisconsin, will be integrated into the Rockwell Automation Control Products & Solutions segment as part of its customer support and maintenance business unit. Terms were not disclosed.
The ScanESC lockout-tagout technology and solutions will be on display at Automation Fair, 19-20 November 2014, in Anaheim, California. automationfair.com
About ESC Services
ESC Services, Inc. (escservices.com) is an engineering firm focused on creating graphical lockout-tagout procedures and components. It helps companies achieve a higher level of employee safety while optimising production efficiency and guaranteeing compliance with local regulations.
Lockout-tagout is a safety procedure used to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut down and not restarted before maintenance and service work is completed. It requires hazardous power sources to be isolated and rendered inoperative before any repair procedure is started. In the U.S., federal regulations mandate that companies create custom lockout-tagout procedures to protect employees while servicing machines and equipment powered by hazardous energy sources.
About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (rockwellautomation.com), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.