Kepware Releases Plant Floor Connectivity Suite for Oracle® Discrete Manufacturing and Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center


Portland, ME - Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation and member of the Oracle® PartnerNetwork, announced today that it has released its latest product delivering device connectivity from plant floor equipment to Oracle's manufacturing applications including Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center, and Oracle Discrete Manufacturing components of the Oracle E-Business Suite. Kepware's KEPServerEX product, with over 130 protocols supporting connectivity to 1000s of devices, will deliver plant floor information directly to these Oracle products through interfaces built specifically for each, maximizing reliability and ease of use.

Kepware announced its relationship with Oracle in February 2008 and began the development of enhancements to its KEPServerEX product to specifically meet Oracle connectivity requirements. These enhancements include; two new Plug-ins for Oracle Discrete Manufacturing and Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center connectivity, Advanced Tags - delivering math and logic functionality, and an OPC DA Client Driver - enabling KEPServerEX to be a gateway between third party OPC Servers and the Oracle Applications.

These new features will enable KEPServerEX to monitor the operation of any machine or process, collect or calculate information related to machine or process performance, and deliver that information to Oracle Applications for further analysis, reporting and enterprise dissemination.

KEPServerEX's integration with Oracle Applications is available now from Kepware and Kepware Sales and Distribution Partners. A demonstration version, delivering full functionality and two hours of operation is available for download off the Kepware Website at www.kepware.com.

"We have been working closely with Oracle in the development of these new features," says Tony Paine, - CTO and Executive Vice President at Kepware. "Oracle has been involved in every phase of this development, from the initial specification, to the qualification and testing of our various features, and to the final acceptance and product pricing. Working with Oracle has been a pleasure as we are excited to bring our new connectivity solution to the market."

"Through our work with Kepware, we are enabling our joint customers to connect Oracle Applications to virtually every piece of equipment on the plant floor," explains Jon Chorley, Oracle Vice President SCM Product Strategy. "This gives customers increased visibility, productivity and manufacturing efficiencies which are all critical components to staying ahead of the competition."

"Kepware has become the standard for manufacturing connectivity both at the plant floor level and now with most enterprise software vendors," stated Thomas Burke, President of the OPC Foundation. "Oracle's work with Kepware for their connectivity is a logical one as Kepware offers the industry's best OPC connectivity. The OPC Foundation highlights Kepware as our Gold Standard example for quality," he added.
About Kepware

Kepware is the world leader in communication software for automation and offers a unique experience in both OPC and embedded device communications. Since 1995, Kepware has focused on the development of communication drivers to automation controllers, I/O and field devices. Applications include M2M (Machine to Machine) and M2C (Machine to Computer) communications. Operating system support includes; Microsoft Windows Desktop, Windows Server and Windows Embedded (Windows CE and Windows Embedded NT/XP). Today, with over 130 communication protocols, and through the efforts of our direct sales, distribution and embedded partners, Kepware is the leading provider of communications with annual shipments exceeding 100,000 units.

Kepware's responsiveness to customer needs and strong partnerships with other leading automation suppliers ensures that your next application will be a success. Ask around and you'll hear why automation professionals everywhere consider Kepware Technologies "Automation's Best Friend". www.kepware.com

About the Oracle PartnerNetwork:

Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 20,000 companies who deliver innovative software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle's premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork program provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today's global economy. Oracle partners are able to offer their customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle's position as the world's largest enterprise software company. Partners who are able to demonstrate superior product knowledge, technical expertise and a commitment to doing business with Oracle qualify for the Certified Partner levels. http://oraclepartnernetwork.oracle.com/.

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Kepware Media Contact:

Roy Kok

VP of Marketing and Sales

Kepware

207-775-1660 x253

Roy.Kok@kepware.com

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