Software Toolbox acquires OPC Business of Northern Dynamic | Automation.com

Software Toolbox acquires OPC Business of Northern Dynamic

December 3, 2007 – Charlotte, NC. Software Toolbox Inc. announced today that is has completed the acquisition of the OPC business assets, trade names, and goodwill of Northern Dynamic Inc. Since 1999, Northern Dynamic has provided OPC development toolkits for Visual Studio and Visual Studio.NET and applications to customers in 32 countries including leading companies such as ABB, Aspentech, ConocoPhillips, Dupont, Eastman Kodak, GE Fanuc, Honeywell, Rolls Royce, Kimberly-Clark, and more. Software Toolbox, a Charter Member of the OPC Foundation, has provided software products supporting the OPC standard to over 10,000 manufacturing, integration, and OEM customers in 90 countries since 1996. Software Toolbox plans to take the Northern Dynamic products forward with continued service and support for all customers. The products included in the acquisition are the OPC DA Server Toolkits, OPC Alarm & Events Server Toolkit, SLIK-DA OPC Server Rapid Development Kit, SLIK-DAC OPC Client Rapid Development Kit, OPC Gateway, and GEM-80 OPC Server.

“In choosing to sell the Northern Dynamic business so we could focus full time on our Energent business, we approached a lot of companies and found Software Toolbox’s great reputation for service, focus and experience with OPC, active participation in the OPC Foundation, and experience selling and supporting our products made them the best steward for our brand, products, and valued clients going forward, ” said Norm Malloch, Chief Operating Officer, Energent and a founder of Northern Dynamic. Malloch adds, “Our client base will further benefit from Software Toolbox’s reach and wide range of other OPC related product offerings and expertise that complements the products they were using from Northern Dynamic.”

John Weber, President & Founder of Software Toolbox adds, “The Northern Dynamic team delivered a sound product and always supported us well when we were a reseller of their products. With our experience with OPC, the Northern Dynamic products are a good fit and transitioning the business operations to our offices has been easy. We are committed to honoring Northern Dynamic support contracts and will continue to work to insure the support and interoperability of Northern Dynamic products. We are excited to introduce our support team and the rest of our product line to the Northern Dynamic customer base over the coming weeks and months.”

ABOUT SOFTWARE TOOLBOX
Software Toolbox was founded in 1996 in Charlotte, NC and has served over 10,000 users, integrators, and OEMs in 92 countries by providing software add-ins, development components, and software applications that enable them to maximize their industrial automation software results. Software Toolbox’s products add functionality, improve connectivity, enhance the engineering and user experience, reduce development time, and improve overall results with every major HMI/SCADA software application in the industry and enable Microsoft Visual Studio developers to access and visualize plant floor data. Software Toolbox also licenses numerous technologies to many major software suppliers in the automation industry to help them maximize the value they deliver to their clients. Software Toolbox has been an active member of the OPC Foundation and the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) since 1997.

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