Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, and Fanuc FA America, Hoffman Estates, Ill., have agreed to collaborate on integration between the companies' computerized numerical control (CNC) and programmable automation controller (PAC) systems.

The companies will work together on connectivity between their respective controller platforms through open communication technologies such as the EtherNet/IP and FL Net protocols. End-users and OEMs will benefit from reduced integration costs, improved synchronization between platforms and transparent data access across the manufacturing enterprise, Rockwell said.

The dissolution of a joint venture between Fanuc and General Electric last year opened the way for Fanuc to work with other factory automation system providers.

Initial emphasis of the collaboration will be placed on developing, deploying and promoting integration technologies that simplify customers' applications and improve the performance of industrial automation systems where both CNCs and PACs are used. The companies will jointly document integration methods and quantify integration savings for their customers.