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Rockwell Selects Kepware as Encompass Global Partner

April 23, 2009

Rockwell Automation taps Kepware's connectivity products for its third-party product referencing program.

Portland, ME, -- Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced that it has been selected as an Encompass Global partner by Rockwell Automation.

To be the best in your industry, Rockwell Automation needs to align itself with companies that are the best in their industries. Encompass, Rockwell Automation's third-party product referencing program, allows Rockwell Automation customers to locate the products that best solve their application challenges. The Encompass program creates a path for critical information exchange and improved solutions in the marketplace by linking technical and commercial resources of Rockwell Automation and the Encompass partner.

"Kepware has been an Encompass Americas partner in the past," explained Roy Kok, VP of Sales and Marketing of Kepware Technologies. "Although Kepware supplies its products on a global basis today, this membership status is valuable in allowing Kepware to demonstrate that its Encompass products have been reviewed and approved for related applications across all of Rockwell Automation sales regions."

"Kepware is a very unique partner," says Bruce Fuller, Director for Rockwell Automation. "Kepware is a world leader in communication solutions for third party hardware products and their reputation for quality and support is excellent. We use Kepware communications for third party connectivity in many of Rockwell Automation products and we are proud to include them in our Encompass Global program."

About Kepware
Kepware is the world leader in communication software for automation and offers a unique experience in both OPC and embedded device communications. Since 1995, Kepware has focused on the development of communication drivers to automation controllers, I/O and field devices, OEM Licensable communications and Licensable OPC Interoperability solutions. Applications include M2M (Machine to Machine) and M2E (Machine to Enterprise) communications. Operating system support includes; Microsoft Windows Desktop, Windows Server and Windows Embedded (Windows CE and Windows Embedded NT/XP). Today, with over 140 communication protocols, and through the efforts of our direct sales, distribution and embedded partners, Kepware is the leading provider of communications with annual shipments exceeding 100,000 units.

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage for their businesses. The company brings together leading global brands in industrial automation that include Allen-Bradley controls and services and Rockwell Software factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, the company employs about 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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