Online Development's xCoupler is PE's Product of the Year Finalist

  • October 07, 2005
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Knoxville, TN – Plant Engineering magazine has selected Online Development’s xCoupler enterprise transaction module as a finalist in the magazine’s annual Product of the Year awards competition. The xCoupler was chosen as a finalist by a panel of judges comprised of Plant Engineering subscribers who are users of control equipment in manufacturing plants. The xCoupler module installs in factory floor PLCs to communicate manufacturing data to company business systems and enables business systems to control plant floor equipment. It provides a simpler and more secure method to provide real time information flow between the plant floor and business systems than conventional HMI- or PC-based custom software methods. In the November issue of Plant Engineering, the magazine’s 100,000 subscribers will receive voting cards along with the magazine to choose the top products in 15 categories. Winners in each category will be announced in January 2006 and awards will be presented to winners in March 2006 at the National Manufacturing Show in Rosemont, Illinois. The April 2006 issue of Plant Engineering will showcase all Product of the Year award winners. “We are very pleased by having been chosen as a finalist in this very important competition, especially since the judges are potential end users of the xCoupler,” commented Ron Monday, Online Development’s President and CEO. “Being recognized by the leading publication that serves the plant engineering profession is a real honor.” About Plant Engineering MagazinePlant Engineering magazine, a Reed Business Information publication, is read by 100,000 individuals involved in manufacturing plant management, engineering, operations and maintenance. Since its first issue in 1947, Plant Engineering has stood as the leading problem-solving information source for America's industrial plant engineers. It has won virtually every readership study in its field over the past 20 years and well over 100 studies in all. That's why it's called 'the industrial consumer's most important resource.'About Online DevelopmentOnline 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.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:

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