Interface Terminals use LED backlight technology.

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PanelView(TM) 550 operator interface terminals have minimum installed depth of 3.4 in. Flat panel monochrome blue-mode display provides increased visbility and 50,000 hr half-life. Terminals feature alarm handling, screen security, analog gauges, ATA PC memory card, universal language support, and online printing.

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Enhanced Rockwell Automation Operator Interface Terminal Sheds More Light on High-Performance Displays

Brighter displays, improved visibility and longer display life add to the cost-effective advantages of Allen-Bradley PanelView(TM) 550

MILWAUKEE, Wis., August 15, 2002 - Responding to growing OEM market needs for more affordable display panels suitable for outdoor and bright-light installations, complete automation leader Rockwell Automation has enhanced its popular compact Allen-Bradley PanelView(TM) 550 operator interface terminals.

All new PanelView 550 terminals now feature displays that are easier to see and have 300 percent longer-lasting backlights. OEMs can now use these enhanced PanelView 550 terminals in equipment orders for lumberyards, tank farms, or shipyards - installations previously off-limits to PanelView 550 because its former amber-colored halogen backlight was considered too dim to be read safely or accurately.

Rockwell Automation now uses light-emitting diode (LED) backlight technology, creating a blue-mode display that is easier to read. The brighter display also translates into longer display life. LED technology advancements have more than tripled the life of these displays, from the average 15,000 hours (life) for a halogen-lit PanelView 550 to 50,000 hours (half-life) for the new PanelView 550 with blue-mode displays.

With the PanelView 550 terminals, users can cost-effectively incorporate a high-performance operator interface into applications or machines where panel space is limited. These terminals have a minimum installed depth of 3.4 inches and flat panel monochrome display designed to lower the cost of ownership without losing the featured PanelView family functionality. Such features include advanced alarm handling, screen security, analog gauges, ATA PC memory card, universal language support, and online printing.

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-Bradleyo 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 PanelView 550, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1545.

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