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Phoenix Contact Joins ODVA's CIP Conformity Club

August 10, 2006

The automation technology provider affirms its commitment to uphold the association's standard for network product conformity.

MIDDLETOWN, PA -- Phoenix Contact has joined the inaugural group of the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association's (ODVA's) Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) Conformity Club (C3). CIP Conformity Club membership signifies that Phoenix Contact has affirmed its commitment to uphold the ODVA Gold Standard for network product conformity by following the most current edition of the CIP Network specifications and maintaining ongoing compliance with CIP Network specifications, rules, and guidelines.

According to Arnold Offner, Phoenix Contact's industry standards manager, "We have regularly revised our products so that our customers can take advantage of the latest network features, while making it easier to create multivendor systems. As an inaugural member of the first C3 group represented by the founding companies and about a quarter of ODVA's members, Phoenix Contact is stepping up as one of the first companies demonstrating its commitment to specification conformance quality and multivendor-compatible systems."

Phoenix Contact has been a member of ODVA since April 1995. ODVA is an international association consisting of members from the world's leading automation companies. Collectively, ODVA and its members support network technologies based on the CIP, which includes DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP. Phoenix Contact provides one of the broadest selections of CIP products and has maintained active participation in multiple ODVA working groups.

Phoenix Contact, with U.S. headquarters in Middletown, PA, is a subsidiary of Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG of Blomberg, Germany, which operates 40 subsidiaries around the globe and employs more than 7500 people. Phoenix Contact has implemented and maintains a Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Management System that is registered to ISO - 9001:2000 (Quality Management System), ISO - 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), and OHSAS - 18001:1999 (Occupational Health & Safety System).

For more information on Phoenix Contact, visit the company's Web site, call the technical service department at 800-322-3225, or e-mail info@phoenixcon.com.

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