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OPC Foundation Selects Kepware as a Standard for Interoperability Testing

Portland, ME – Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that its product, KEPServerEX, has been selected by the OPC Foundation as a Compliance Standard Product, to be a part of every interoperability compliance test performed at the OPC Foundation authorized Testing Labs.

The latest generation of Kepware's technology, KEPServerEX was designed to allow users to quickly set up communications from equipment to control systems via a wide range of available "plug-in" device drivers and components. KEPServerEX delivers over 130 protocols and connectivity to thousands of devices, and has set the standard in the support of OPC Standards for Data Access.

In addition, KEPServerEX is designated as "OPC Compliance Certified" and Kepware commits that it will continue to meet all certification requirements going forward. This designation also applies to all Branded and Private Labeled versions of KEPServerEX.

"Over the past few years, Kepware has become the World Leading supplier of OPC based communications, delivering our products through a vast array of OEM, Channel and Web sales efforts," said Roy Kok, VP of Marketing and Sales for Kepware Technologies. "We are proud of our award winning KEPServerEX and will continue to work closely with the OPC foundation for the benefit of the industry."

"Kepware is the leading supplier of OPC technology and it is only natural for us to incorporate their products as the foundation for all compliance activities," said Thomas Burke, President of the OPC Foundation. "As I have said in the past, Kepware really raises the bar with respect to developing and delivering quality products that end users are able to successfully use, truly being plug-and-play, and we hope, by using Kepware products as part of the compliance testing process, we can drive similar levels of quality in other OPC providers."

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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. 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 ensure 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". www.kepware.com

About The OPC Foundation
The OPC Foundation, dedicated to interoperability in automation and enterprise computing, is an independent, non-profit organization that comprises leading manufacturers and solution providers in factory and process automation as well as enterprise solutions. The OPC Foundation's charter is to develop worldwide industry-standards for data transfer offering multi-vendor interoperability and seamless connectivity of measurement and automation devices, systems, networks, and enterprise computing solutions used in the manufacturing and process industries, by leveraging open computing technologies. Development of specifications is undertaken by volunteers from 450+ members worldwide. For more information about the OPC Foundation visit www.opcfoundation.org.


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Kepware Media Contact:
Roy Kok
VP of Marketing and Sales
Kepware
207-775-1660 x253
Roy.Kok@kepware.com

OPC Foundation Media Contact:
Thomas Burke
President
OPC Foundation
408-483-6644
thomas.burke@opcfoundation.org




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