Automation Software is suitable for process knowledge/control.

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Leveraging .NET Framework technology, FactoryLink v7.1 incorporates servers, clients, utilities, and development tools. Offerings include bi-directional connectivity via XML connector, dynamic branching that allows for hierarchical substitutions of tag groups at run or development time, and standards-based scripting. Product also offers trending and alarm viewing ActiveX controls as well as support for multi-user applications and migration from previous versions.

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USDATA Delivers New Industrial Automation Software

FactoryLink 7.1 Extends Tradition of Delivering True Innovation to the Market

RICHARDSON, Texas, January 8, 2003 - USDATA Corporation, a leading supplier of industrial automation software solutions, announced today the immediate availability of FactoryLink 7.1-a flexible suite of servers, clients, utilities, and development tools for industrial process knowledge and control applications.

The new FactoryLink software leverages Microsoft .NET Framework technology to provide enhanced connectivity and ease-of-use in implementing distributed systems in Windows XP and Windows 2000 operating environments.

"FactoryLink 7.1 is a powerful platform that gives customers a strong competitive advantage by providing connectivity, scalability, and flexibility," said Tim Davis, vice-president of development and marketing. "We know that users will benefit in numerous ways from the new functionality in this release."

FactoryLink 7.1 offers users a rich new set of functionality and enhancements to enable them to build robust applications, including:

o Improved ease-of-use in architecting distributed applications requiring visualization through the introduction of the FactoryLink .NET Client-the next generation of USDATA's highly successful WebClient product.
o Bi-directional connectivity to a wide array of diverse systems and applications via an included XML connector.
o Reduced maintenance and application development time through the introduction of dynamic branching that allows for hierarchical substitutions of tag groups at run time or development time.
o Advanced network communication optimizations between FactoryLink servers and clients resulting in enhanced run-time performance.
o Standards-based scripting via the inclusion of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).
o Easier-to-use and enhanced trending and alarm viewing ActiveX controls.
o Enhanced support for multi-user applications and migration from previous versions.
o Simplified set-up utilities that reduce installation time and effort.
o Broader target coverage through the introduction of new server sizes.

"USDATA has always been known as a leader in delivering cutting edge technology to the market. With the introduction of the FactoryLink .NET Client, dynamic branching, and network optimization technology, we continue to build on that tradition to deliver real, measurable benefits to our customers," said Davis.

ARC Advisory Group Senior Analyst Dick Slansky said, "USDATA's current release of FactoryLink 7.1 represents a major upgrade to their flagship HMI application suite. FactoryLink has earned a well-deserved reputation among the manufacturing user community for its robustness, scalability, and overall reliability. Version 7.1 contains enhancements that will support the trend toward collaborative manufacturing environments and highly distributed thin-client architectures. Significant is the addition of the FactoryLink .NET Client, which will support Web services as they evolve in manufacturing. Including both improved performance and new development tools, version 7.1 appears to offer a very worthwhile upgrade to the well-established global installed base of FactoryLink."

FactoryLink 7.1 is available immediately with pricing starting at $900.

Now in its 28th year, USDATA Corporation, headquartered in Richardson, Texas (NASDAQ: USDC) is a leading global provider of software and services that give enterprises the knowledge and control needed to perfect the products they produce and the processes they manage. Based on a tradition of flexible service, innovation, and integration, USDATA's software currently operates in a variety of industries in more than 60 countries. Customers include seventeen of the top twenty-five manufacturers. USDATA's software heritage is born out of manufacturing and process automation solutions and has grown to encompass the industry's deepest product knowledge and control solutions. With an eye toward the future of e-business, USDATA continues to innovate solutions that will support the integration of enterprise production and automation information into the supply chain. The company has six offices worldwide and a global network of distribution and support partners. For more information, visit USDATA on the Web at

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