Computers and Monitors suit industrial applications.

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Able to host multiple development environments, VersaView industrial computers come pre-installed with company's software products. Supporting slots for up to 14 cards, they suit PC-based control, simplified data exchange, and information processing. Used with RSBizWare, they can collect information and upload applications and commands. Computer memory is available at 128 to 512 MB RAM (expandable to 1 GB). Monitors are available with display sizes of 12, 15, or 17.4 in.

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Rockwell Automation Unveils New Line of Industrial Computers and Monitors

VersaView industrial computers and monitors offer a cost-effective solution for industrial computing

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 4, 2002 - Control system designers who spend many hours selecting, customizing and integrating industrial computers into their project designs will welcome the time saved when selecting the new pre-configured Allen-Bradley VersaView industrial computers and monitors from Complete Automation leader Rockwell Automation.

VersaView is the new cost-effective, rugged, easy to select family of industrial computers and monitors designed to manage computing technology over time.

"As technology continuously evolves, system designers face new obstacles, including customizing hardware and software for specific applications, keeping up with ever-changing catalog numbers, and searching for the latest technology that could integrate with existing investments," said Donald Anspach, Industrial Computers product manager, Rockwell Automation. "We saw people spending more time searching for and configuring their solutions than they did using them, and we knew there was a better way to purchase and maintain these products. So, with VersaView, we've taken the guesswork out of selecting industrial computers and monitors with our pre-configured offerings. Additionally, customers can be assured that their investment reflects the latest in industrial computing technology - now and in the future," he added.

VersaView industrial computers feature pre-installed Rockwell Automation software products, which significantly reduces the amount of time spent in configuration. And using both Rockwell Automation brand hardware and software provides users with a single source for maintenance and troubleshooting. VersaView computers and monitors are pre-configured with a range of features to meet the needs of virtually any industrial application - including visualization, control, information processing and maintenance:

Visualization. For traditional HMI visualization needs, VersaView makes it possible for operators to monitor single machines or entire systems, record and export manufacturing data for analysis, and troubleshoot problems when they occur. When bundled with Rockwell Software RSView Enterprise Series HMI software, users can build a screen representation of the entire plant and create a visual link to more intricate levels of detail - such as component status, details of a particular area of production or process tracking.

Control. The robust VersaView industrial computers and monitors are ideal for PC-based control, simplified data exchange, and more efficient information processing. Using VersaView for PC-based control allows for a more diverse range of inputs and a greater number of supported slots - up to 14 cards - that allow greater customization and easier connections between the front office and the plant floor.

Information. Most manufacturers are used to getting information from the process, but few are able to give information to the process. Used in conjunction with the Rockwell Software RSBizWare suite of software products, VersaView industrial computers and monitors can not only collect information about manufacturing processes and equipment, but they also allow users to upload maintenance applications and process commands.

Maintenance. VersaView industrial computers and monitors can host multiple development environments, making it easier to perform machine-level maintenance. Using VersaView, operators in the back office have information at their fingertips such as ladder logic and manuals to help engineers quickly troubleshoot, maintain and repair machines.

Users can select from a variety of display and computer sizes. Monitors are available with a display size of 12, 15 or 17.4 inches, and computer memory is available at 128MB to 512MB RAM and can be expanded up to 1GB RAM. Rockwell Automation has also simplified the ordering system, creating standard catalog numbers that reflect only the computer or monitor purchased without specifying options or components that could change as the technology changes. To make future integration projects easier, specifiers only need to track one catalog number to ensure they receive the product that will perform to their expectations and accommodate the latest software and technology. VersaView Industrial Computers and Monitors are available in November 2002.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation solutions, including Allen-Bradley controls and engineered services and Rockwell Software factory management software, Dodge mechanical power transmission products, and Reliance Electric motors and drives. The company also is a leading provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs approximately 23,000 people at more than 450 locations serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the VersaView Industrial Computers and Monitors, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1575.

Complete Automation, Dodge, Reliance Electric, Allen-Bradley, and Rockwell Software are registered trademarks of Rockwell Automation. VersaView, RSView Enterprise Series, and RSBizWare are trademarks of Rockwell Automation.

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