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Software Toolbox, Inc.
148A East Charles Street
Matthews, NC, 08105
USA



Press release date: January 27, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Software Toolbox, a leading supplier of manufacturing automation software, today announced that its OPC Data-UA toolkit is the first to be certified by the OPC Foundation for OPC UA client development.

"OPC UA continues to gain traction in the automation world as a highly robust communication protocol," said John Weber, president and CEO of Software Toolbox. "It provides users with relief from common DCOM interoperability issues as well as increased control over security."

OPC's Certification Test Lab puts products through a set of rigorous and defined tests required by OPC certification test specifications.  The tests are designed to determine if an OPC client product follows best practices for implementation of OPC and integrates well with other products. The extensive testing protocol includes clearly defined interoperability review against reference OPC servers from industry leaders such as ABB, Cyberlogic, Kepware, Matrikon and Siemens.

Tests also include extended analysis to assess memory leaks or instability, including studies conducted during periods of network disruption. The independent lab also intercepts OPC calls made between client and server and injects common and unusual errors into calls to ensure that the OPC client handles abnormal conditions in an orderly manner.

The OPC Data-UA toolkit, which is a component of Software Toolbox's OPC Data Client product offering, allows users to rapidly develop a custom OPC UA client application in various environments. The OPC Foundation certification was awarded to the latest version of the toolkit.

"The ability to create a compliant OPC UA client application was implemented in a flexible way, which doesn't diminish the ability to have a highly interoperable client as well," said Renée Sikes, brand manager for Software Toolbox's OPC Data Client software development components.  "Recent versions of the OPC Data Client development components have also demonstrated a commitment to providing the most advanced OPC software by supporting the latest development platforms, including Microsoft technologies such as Reactive Programming Extensions and StreamInsight."

ABOUT SOFTWARE TOOLBOX
Since 1996, Software Toolbox has been an industry source for industrial automation software, from project conception to completion.  The company has served more than 10,000 clients in 110 countries helping them find, evaluate, purchase and support automation software solutions.  These solutions include OPC servers, clients, development toolkits, HMI/SCADA add-ins/enhancements, and ActiveX and .NET development tools for Visual Studio C#/VB/C++.  Software Toolbox works with its clients in all phases of projects to help them find and determine the right tools to use and to support overall project objectives and maximize their industrial software results.

Visit http://www.softwaretoolbox.com

The Software Toolbox name is a registered trademark of Software Toolbox, Inc.  All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

Media/Analyst Contacts:
John Weber
Software Toolbox, Inc.
pr@softwaretoolbox.com
(704) 849-2773, ext. 1122




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