Process equipment is essential for product manufacturing, especially for complex products such as aircraft and rocket. In order to improve the motion precision and automation level of process equipment, a new approach is brought forward. A data driven based process equipment automatic control system is introduced to control process equipment automatically according to process data. Fig. 1 in the full paper gives the system’s architecture. Based on analysis of the relationship among manufacturing processes, process plan information and process equipment, process equipment automatic control oriented information model was established. In order to realize automatic control of process equipment, a process equipment automatic control and management framework was established. The key technologies including motion control and motion detecting are discussed in detail. At last, the technology was applied to the design and manufacturing of a horizontal rocket rivet fixture. The application results show that this technology could remarkably increase the efficiency and accuracy of the manufacturing process.