PORTLAND, Maine, February 11, 2009 – Kepware Technologies announced today that it has released version 4.5 of KEPServerEX, delivering five new drivers and offering enhancements to 39 others. The company has also announced enhancements to the core KEPServerEX architecture.
KEPServerEX is a communications solution for automation, delivered to the market through a variety of OEM, channel and end-user sales. This release delivers support for five new protocols including; Allen Bradley 1609 UPS (support for its Industrial UPS), Beckhoff Twincat (supporting its wide variety of controllers), Cutler-Hammer ELC Ethernet (supporting itsr controllers), OPTO 22 (supporting SNAP products), and System Monitor (enabling HMI/SCADA products to monitoring the inner workings of the PC they are running on).
In addition to new drivers, KEPServerEX version 4.5 also delivers enhancements to Aromat, AB ControlLogix, Cutler-Hammer ELC Serial, Koyo DirectNet, DNP3, Sixnet EtherTrak, Fisher ROC, ROC Plus, GE CCM, GE SRTP, GE EGD, GE SNP, GE SNPX, Wonderware Intouch Client Driver, Koyo KSequence, Mitsubishi CNC Ethernet, Mitsubishi FX, Mitsubishi FXNET, Modbus ASCII, Modbus Ethernet, Modbus Serial RTU, Omron Processor Suite, Omron Hostlink, Ethernet PING, PLC Direct EBC, Siemens S7 MPI, Siemens Ethernet, Siemens Ethernet Unsolicited, Scanivalve Ethernet, Industrial SNMP, SQUARE D, Atlas Copco and Stanley Torque Tool Protocols, Toyopuc, Wago Ethernet, WeatherBug for Automation, Yokogawa Darwin, Yokogawa Ethernet and Yokogawa DXP.
According to Craig Resnick, research director, ARC Advisory Group, “Dealing with multiple generations of automation products is an issue that affects all manufacturers. This creates a big challenge to find a way to not only provide interoperability between plant floor and enterprise, but also to provide a link between multiple generations of legacy automation products. Kepware’s version 4.5 of their KEPServerEX communications solution for automation appears to be designed to bridge the integration gap between legacy and state-of-the-art automation products, along with leveraging their extensive experience and installed base to enable interoperability between the multiple varieties of products that coexist on the plant floor.”