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Online Development’s xCoupler Wows Attendees at Allen-Bradley Automation Fair 2005

December 012005
Knoxville, TN – For two consecutive days, attendees stood in line at Online Development’s booth to participate in a hands-on demonstration of the company’s xCoupler enterprise transaction module at the Allen-Bradley Automation Fair, November 16 and 17 in St. Louis, MO. Using laptop computers, Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLCs and several popular servers, Online Development personnel showed attendees in real-time the speed and ease an xCoupler module configures data between plant devices and enterprise servers compared to any other method available.

xCoupler modules are designed to snap into the backplane of Allen-Bradley® ControlLogix® PLCs to exchange data between plant devices such as sensors, robots, actuators and barcode scanners, and popular enterprise server platforms such as those from IBM, Oracle and Microsoft. This module is a first in the series of modules that eliminate complex and costly PC-based interfaces that are commonly used to transfer data.

According to Ron Monday, President and CEO of Online Development, “This event made true believers out of engineers looking for an easier way to exchange plant floor data with enterprise servers. More than one of the hundreds of people that visited our booth commented that the xCoupler module will help them more easily comply with their company’s increasing demands for the seamless and secure flow of enterprise data without the hazards of multi-tier solutions.”

According to ARC Advisory Group Research Director Craig Resnick who attended the event, " This capability is critical, as each process provides a vital link for Real-time Performance Management, which uses dynamic performance targets to drive an enterprise to reach its optimum potential and achieve competitive advantage."

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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