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Rockwell Automation announces it will acquire Kentucky firm

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee's Rockwell Automation plans to buy another maker of automation equipment. 

Rockwell said Tuesday it would acquire Jacobs Automation of Erlinger Kentucky. Terms were not disclosed. 

Jacobs is a maker of intelligence-tracking motion control equipment. Jacobs makes the I-Trak system which is used for packaging, material handling, and other functions for the worldwide machine-building market. 

Jacobs Automation president Keith Jacobs says the I-Trak system provides more flexibility for machine manufacturers. 

Rockwell -- which makes automated industrial equipment and software -- said the acquisition of Jacobs would give its customers more access to new technology, and help them respond faster to changing market demands. 

The deal is expected to close in January.