Rockwell Automation and Kepware Technologies Release New Communication Driver for Improved Plant Floor Connectivity
New OPC driver provides seamless connectivity between Allen-Bradley® Bulletin 900 single-loop temperature controllers and Rockwell Software® RSView® HMI softwareMILWAUKEE, October 25, 2004 A new OPC driver that provides seamless connectivity between Allen-Bradley® Bulletin 900 single-loop temperature controllers and Rockwell Software® RSView® human-machine interface software is the latest development to emerge from a long-standing collaborative partnership between Rockwell Automation and Kepware Technologies, a leading worldwide supplier of OPC (object linking and embedding for process control) server technology.The new communication driver from Kepware Technologies allows the Bulletin 900 temperature controller to communicate process control data to Rockwell Software RSView Machine Edition (ME), RSView Supervisory Edition (SE) and RSView 32 HMI software products. This capability expands the communication options for Bulletin 900 customers, allowing them to network up to 32 single-loop controllers to RSView HMI software including Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus and VersaView® CE industrial computers running RSView ME software. By enabling direct communication between the RSView HMI software and the temperature controller, the new driver allows users to view temperature set point and process data on an operator terminal and provides full access to all control parameters. The seamless connectivity also allows users to easily transfer temperature control data from the HMI to a host computer via Ethernet.Working closely with Kepware Technologies enables us to develop, test and quickly deploy solutions that enhance communication efficiency to meet critical end-user demands, said Mark Hobbs, Rockwell Software RSView ME product manager, Rockwell Automation. The success of this partnership reflects our commitment to bring our customers the best in automation and control technology to help them make more accurate management decisions, improve manufacturing quality and enhance the bottom line."Kepware continues to be committed to the Rockwell Automation® ViewAnyWare architecture, which made us a good choice when a new OPC server was needed for the Bulletin 900 controller, said Mark Hensley, president, Kepware Technologies. When coupled with the overall features of KEPServerEX, the Bulletin 900 driver can meet the OPC needs of any user regardless of the application."The new OPC driver will become part of the Kepware Technologies KEPServerEnterprise edition, a comprehensive suite of more than 70 multivendor communication drivers that provide connectivity between RSView HMI software and third-party devices, including virtually all major programmable controller brands.The temperature controller driver is available now for download from Rockwell Automation. It will also be available as part of the standard KEPServerEX OPC server product line and included as part of the Rockwell Software coordinated product release scheduled for Fall 2004. About Kepware TechnologiesKepware Technologies delivers industrial communication products that are known worldwide for their quality and reliability. Our dedicated focus on OPC server technology allows us to provide ensured compatibility combined with unparalleled reliability and ease of use. We are committed to continually improving the features and performance of our products utilizing the latest technologies. And with the breadth of over 80 of the most commonly used communication protocols available, Kepware Technologies continues to deliver a single consistent solution for the OPC connectivity needs of the industrial automation market.About Rockwell AutomationRockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a world-leading 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.For more information on the Rockwell Software Kepware Enterprise drivers, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1767.
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