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Universal Gateway Displayed at Rockwell Automation Fair

November 18, 2008

Online Development demonstrates the new Kepware Universal Gateway module that can work with programmable automation controllers to provide connectivity to other devices on the plant floor.


Portland, ME, -- Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announces that its partnership with Online Development (OLDI) is resulting in the demonstration of a new product, the cATM Kepware Universal Gateway, on display in the OLDI booth #618.

The cATM Kepware Universal Gateway is available as a plug-in module to a ControlLogix PAC, and as a DIN Rail mounted module for standalone operation. In the PAC configuration, the module offers a Logix Backplane Communications Interface and is fully auto-configuring for available Logix Tags. In either configuration, the Module delivers over 130 protocols for connectivity to 1000s of devices on the plant floor. The module also delivers U-CON, a user-configurable driver, enabling connectivity to a wide range of Ethernet or serial devices such as analyzers, bar code readers, weigh scales, RFID systems, serial printers, label machines, etc. Target applications include machine to machine (M2M) communications to improve equipment interoperability and overall plant floor performance.

"This is a very exciting development," stated Roy Kok, VP of Marketing and Sales of Kepware Technologies. "Kepware has been known as a provider of communications for Microsoft Windows Workstation and Server operating systems and Windows CE based HMI products. This initiative shows that our technology can bring great value to embedded configurations, opening the doors for pervasive connectivity at the M2M level. Automation solutions will become "Smarter" through real-time communications and connectivity to systems previously beyond the reach of PLCs and other automation controllers."

"It has been exceptionally easy to work with Kepware, and integrate their products with our cATM Appliance," explains Ron Monday, President of Online Development Inc. "This is an assembly of existing and proven technologies. We are expecting our first release to immediately find its way into automation systems world-wide. We plan to have this module available before the end of 2008."

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. 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 130 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. Kepware's responsiveness to customer needs and strong partnerships with other leading automation suppliers ensures that your next application will be a success. Ask around and you'll hear why automation professionals everywhere consider Kepware Technologies "Automation's Best Friend".

About Online Development
Online Development is a fast track developer of factory automation data appliances. Since its founding in 1989, the company has led the industry in developing the technologies needed to enable various leading brands of PLCs/PACs to communicate with field devices or other controllers on the factory floor. The technologies developed by the company provide very simple, yet highly effective, connectivity between various proprietary factory automation devices including barcode scanners, modems, printers, robots, HMIs, sensors, RFIDs, and popular factory/warehouse network systems. Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, Online Development is privately owned and has offices in Cleveland, OH, Cincinnati, OH, and Barcelona, Spain..


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