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Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser Working Together to Simplify Process Customers’ Device Needs

December 102004
Relationship is part of initiative to provide preferred device configuration based on existing and emerging industry standards

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 10, 2004 — Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) announced today that it is working together with Endress+Hauser (E+H), the world’s largest independent supplier of process instrumentation, to provide customers with more convenient, standards-compliant methods for configuring a wide range of process instruments. The cooperation is part of a broader initiative by Rockwell Automation into the hybrid process applications segment.

Together, the companies will expand device connectivity and configuration capabilities using standard technologies such as FOUNDATION FIELDBUS and HART, implementing and testing the full capability of E+H devices with Allen-Bradley® Logix controllers and RSLogix™ 5000 software. In addition, through the use of E+H FieldCare software, Rockwell Automation will offer configuration, diagnosis and integration of a wide range of process devices into the Rockwell Software® RSMACC™ suite of asset management software solutions. This solution will allow Rockwell Automation to offer integration of process devices using both EDD and the “Field Device Tool/Device Type Manager” (FDT/DTM) specifications.

Furthering its commitment to open standards, Rockwell Automation intends to join E+H and other companies in the steering committee of the FDT/DTM Joint Interest Group with the goal of furthering FDT as a configuration and data management interface for text- and graphically-based process device profiles.

“This participation complements our leadership in the Fieldbus Foundation as we help drive standards that cover the broadest possible range of process devices,” said Ken Deken, vice president and general manager Logix NetLinx business, and the Rockwell Automation representative on the Fieldbus Foundation Board. “We see this as a means to help the customer more easily manage the wide range of critical and complex process devices.”

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE:ROK) is a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control, and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation® solutions, including Allen-Bradley controls and services, Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, Reliance® motors and drives, and Rockwell Software factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

The Endress+Hauser Group is a global leader in the provision of measurement instrumentation and automation solutions for industrial process engineering. The company is a Swiss family business and consists of a network of legally independent companies, managed and coordinated by a holding company in Reinach, Switzerland. The group comprises 72 companies in 37 countries, which operate 19 production centers in Switzerland, Germany, France, the UK, Italy, China, Japan, India and the USA. At the end of 2003, Endress+Hauser employed 6,077 people, generating €734.8 million in turnover and a profit of €36.2 million. The company's growth is due to a culture of innovation - in 2003, Endress+Hauser took out patents for 157 innovations.

With a wide range of sensors, instruments, systems and services, Endress+Hauser covers the areas of level, flow, pressure, temperature, analysis and recording. The range also includes the connection of field appliances to mainframe processing systems using fieldbusses and automation and logistical solutions.

For more information visit:www.rockwell.com.

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