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February 8, 2010

Kepware unveils new version of KEPServerEX

Offers OPC UA, alarms and event conditions and new drivers

By CBR Staff Writer

Kepware Technologies has released KEPServerEX version 5.2, which includes new features such as an OPC UA client and server, an alarm and event condition option, expanding on the previously delivered OPC AE interface, and updated Mettler Toledo and IDEC drivers.

The company delivers an OPC UA server and an optional OPC UA client driver in addition to the existing OPC DA and OPC AE interfaces.

The combination of OPC UA client and server interfaces, in addition to all other KEPServerEX interfaces enable it to be a standards based tunneling offerings, the company claims.

The security inherent to OPC UA, in terms of data encryption and authentication enables real-time data sharing in automation related real-time business to business (B2B) applications. The new release also delivers alarm and event condition option that provides the ability to monitor variables and configure conditions with which to trigger alarm or event messaging

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According to Kepware, the enhancements include custom interface driver, sample code in C#, an updated allen bradley controllogix driver that supports 1024 programs and multi-byte strings, mettler toledo for scale controls, IDEC driver that expanded ranges for MicroSmart and open models, and modbus ethernet for global settings changes at runtime.

Tony Paine, president of Kepware Technologies, said: “KEPServerEX enhancements are released on a quarterly schedule. Each release is packed with major new technology and value for our customers. We are not just a driver company any more. Our goal is Interoperability – through Standards and with popular native interfaces.”

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