AutomationDirect Renews Partnership with Kepware for Communications
Kepware Technologies has renewed its contract as AutomationDirect’s communications supplier. AutomationDirect will deliver a single branded version of KEPServerEX called KEPDirect OPC Server for use with AutomationDirect controllers and remote I/O.
KEPDirect OPC Server connects your preferred Windows client software by providing a flexible and scalable communications and OPC server solution for connecting, managing, monitoring, and controlling AutomationDirect Ethernet remote I/O, DirectLOGIC PLCs, and Productivity3000 PACs. Communications is managed through a robust platform that supports an array of open standards, propriety communication protocols, API’s, and various automation system interfaces. KEPDirect OPC Server enables improved operations and decision making throughout all levels of an organization.
As a "Connected with Kepware" company, AutomationDirect will work with Kepware to ensure that the best communication support is developed for AutomationDirect products. “AutomationDirect has been an exceptional partner of Kepware for many years," said Tony Paine, President of Kepware Technologies. "We are not only extremely excited to renew our partnership, but also to expand on it by delivering additional connectivity to their new Productivity3000 PAC.”
The companies will work together to support their joint customers through the partnership. Kepware will develop drivers for use on Windows desktop operating systems (Workstation and Server). The KEPDirect OPC Server will be available through AutomationDirect’s website and their channel partners.
"The Kepware relationship is very important for us, as factory floor to boardroom data flow has become an integral part of manufacturing systems," said Jeff Payne, Product Manager for PLC, I/O, and PC Control of AutomationDirect. "The support for our Productivity3000 PAC is key for applications that can take advantage of its robust communications platform.”
– Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering, www.plantengineering.com