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Ethernet/IP Protocol is supported by KEPServerEX.

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July 24, 2014 - Omron NJ Ethernet Driver in Kepware Technologies KEPServerEX v5.15 embeds EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT open networks, allowing creation of drivers using standard protocol instructions. Using Sysmac NJ CIP over Ethernet protocol, driver supports 256 channels and 1,024 devices per channel and features CIP-configurable packet size from 500–1,996 bytes/packet. Support covers read blocking and multi-servicing of writes to arrays as well as symbolic addressing of basic data types and structures.

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc.

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Original Press Release

Kepware Supports Omron Sysmac NJ in Latest KEPServerEX Version

Press release date: July 22, 2014

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Omron Automation and Safety (www.Omron247.com) announces the launch of Omron NJ Ethernet Driver in Kepware Technologies KEPServerEX version 5.15, an OPC communications platform that allows PC software to access controller data/variables with a streamlined and easy-to-use interface. Omron’s partners and customers benefit by offering a best-in-class solution for integrating machine control with enterprise Historian, ERP, MES, and SCADA software, etc.

"Kepware provides industry-leading communication and interoperability software solutions throughout the automation industry," said John Harrington, Product Manager - Manufacturing Solutions at Kepware. "With important customers requesting support for the Omron Sysmac NJ controller in their OPC applications, Kepware coordinated with the Omron development team and leveraged Omron's built-in EtherNet/IP protocol to create a reliable and seamless communications platform. Because our solution uses a native driver, no additional middleware is required." The acronym "OPC" comes from "OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) for Process Control" and allows Windows programs to communicate with industrial hardware devices.

Each Omron Sysmac NJ controller embeds both EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT open networks, allowing endorsed partners like Kepware Technologies to create drivers using standard protocol instructions. In this way, communication is clean and optimized, guaranteeing best performance.

What the customer gets
Within KEPServerEX, the Omron Server Suite includes the new Omron NJ Ethernet driver as part of the bundled package of Omron device drivers Kepware has developed over the years. The Kepware product name is "Omron NJ Ethernet Driver" using Omron’s Sysmac NJ EtherNet/IP (CIP over Ethernet) protocol.

Driver Features
• Supports 256 channels and 1024 devices per channel
• Supports routing for communications with remote devices over various automation networks. Features a CIP-configurable packet size from 500 bytes to 1996 bytes per packet
• Supports read blocking and multi-servicing of writes to arrays to optimize performance when reading and writing to multiple items within an array
• Supports Client Arrays for referencing contiguous array elements by the client
• Supports symbolic addressing of basic data types and structures
• Supports Automatic Tag Generation, featuring direct interrogation of the controller and the ability to map structured data on the controllers into multi-level tag groups within KEPServerEX
• Supports XML persistence

Customers interested in integrating the Omron Sysmac Platform with their PC software using OPC can purchase KEPServerEX from Kepware (more information here: http://www.kepware.com/kepserverex/).

MEDIA CONTACTS:
For more information on Omron NJ Ethernet Driver in KEPServerEX version 5.15:
Ryan Lilly | 978-518-4533 | rlilly@matternow.com
Chris Nelson | 612.237.4443 | chris@longrenparks.com

About Omron Automation and Safety
Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a multi-billion-dollar, diversified company with business units producing industrial automation products, electronic components, healthcare equipment and ticketing systems. Omron Automation and Safety is a global leader providing complete automation solutions for industrial applications. The Pan-American headquarters is located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA.

In USA, Tel.: 866-88-OMRON. E-mail: omroninfo@omron.com.
In Canada, Tel.: 866-98-OMRON. E-mail: askomron@omron.com
In Mexico, Tel: 81 1156 9910. E-mail:  mela@omron.com
Internet: www.omron247.com

About Kepware Technologies
Kepware Technologies is a private software development company headquartered in Portland, Maine. Kepware provides a portfolio of software solutions to help businesses connect diverse automation devices and software applications. Established in 1995 and now distributed in more than 100 countries, Kepware's software solutions help thousands of businesses improve operations and decision making.
Internet:  www.kepware.com
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