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Online Development Named a Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner

August 122005
Knoxville, TN – Online Development Inc., a fast track developer of automation hardware and software for OEMs such as Rockwell Automation and ProSoft Technology and developer of the xCoupler™ enterprise transaction module, announces that it has been selected for participation in the Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner Program.

The Encompass Program is a product referencing program designed to identify, qualify, and jointly market third-party manufactured products that complement the breadth of world-class products developed by Rockwell Automation. Information on the Encompass program is available on the Web at www.rockwellautomation.com/encompass.

“Online Development becomes an important new addition to our Encompass Partners by bringing their new xCoupler enterprise transaction module to our referencing catalog,” commented Kim Porter, Encompass Program Manager at Rockwell Automation. “This module which installs into our ControlLogix® PLC rack, provides a simple way to exchange factory floor and enterprise server data. This enables our common customers to achieve easy and secure enterprise connectivity,” Ms. Porter went on to say.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Rockwell Automation through the design and development of modules for Allen-Bradley PLCs. Our module now helps ControlLogix customers increase the value they receive,” said Ron Monday, CEO / President of Online Development. “As an Encompass Partner, our mutual customers will benefit from the technologies offered by the xCoupler and the global cooperation
with Rockwell Automation,” Mr. Monday further stated.

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), is a leading global provider of automation, power, control, and information systems and services that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., the company employs about 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

About Online Development
Online Development is a "fast track" developer of factory automation hardware and software for OEMs such as Rockwell Automation and ProSoft products in the industrial market space. Since its founding in 1989, the company has focused on developing the technologies needed to enable various leading brands of PLCs to communicate with either field devices or other brands of PLCs, as well as PCs. These technologies provide connectivity between various proprietary factory automation controls, barcode scanners, modems, printers, HMIs, sensors, popular factory/warehouse network systems, and PC-based enterprise systems to provide real-time communications throughout the enterprise.

Integral to the company's success is its use of the latest online CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and help desk tools. These tools provide OEM customers robust engineering and product support; plus streamline transactions while reducing procurement and product support costs.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Online Development is privately owned and has offices in Cleveland, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio and Barcelona, Spain. Online Development, Inc. Headquarters Address: 7209 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920 Main Telephone: 800-625-8678 Website: www.oldi.com.
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