Germany-based integrated packaging and bottling line systems producer Krones has purchased industrial control systems integrator Process and Data Automation (PDA) for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, US, PDA currently serves a variety of sectors, including liquid food.

With the completion of the acquisition, which is expected to expand Krones’ global presence, the PDA management team will continue to operate from its existing headquarters in Erie.

Krones president and CEO Holger Beckmann said: “With regard to digitisation, it is our goal to provide customers with added value through better utilisation of the data that our machines, software, employees, users of the machines generate.

“The acquisition of PDA allows Krones to take another step to offer relevant US-based expertise to our customers.”

“The acquisition of PDA allows Krones to take another step to offer relevant US-based expertise to our customers."

In addition, PDA will work with Krones’ information technology (IT) and automation subsidiary, Syskron.

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PDA president Joseph Snyder said: “Partnering with Krones represents a unique opportunity to continue to build the business in areas where we already excel.

“My business partner Michael Benedict and I are looking forward to the additional potential with Krones and new opportunities for our employees.”

PDA has also partnered with GE Intelligent Platforms, Wonderware, Siemens, and Schneider Electric. 

Image: Krones and Process and Data Automation representatives. Photo: courtesy of Krones.