Manufacturing Execution Software includes Web deployment.

Press Release Summary:

RSBizWare(TM) v4.0 improves order-flow management and manufacturing information visibility. It supports FactoryTalk(TM) for interoperability among shop-floor solutions and information-sharing among enterprise applications. Software also supports FactoryTalk Portal, a Web-based reporting environment that provides access to manufacturing information, tailored by user, from any remote device supporting browser technology.

Original Press Release:

Rockwell Automation Releases Rockwell Software RSBizWare(TM) 4.0

Manufacturing execution software suite will feature FactoryTalk(TM) capabilities, including Web deployment and easy connection to the enterprise and supply chain

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 25, 2002 - Rockwell Automation has introduced Rockwell Software RSBizWare(TM) 4.0, the latest version of its RSBizWare suite of solutions. Designed to improve manufacturing effectiveness, order flow management and manufacturing information visibility, RSBizWare 4.0 will support FactoryTalk for true interoperability among shop-floor solutions and information-sharing among enterprise applications.

"For the past year, we have focused almost entirely on building a common framework through which our products could exploit the latest in Web-reporting technology and information sharing capabilities," explains Brandon Ekberg, Rockwell Software RSBizWare business unit lead, Rockwell Automation. "We've spent a lot of time listening to what our customers wanted and we believe we have delivered the capabilities they have requested in this release: cufting edge reporting, Web deployment and the ability to build an MES solution one-step-at-a-time."

Information Sharing. RSBizWare 4.0 will support FactoryTalk, Rockwell Automation's manufacturing information integration strategy that provides the information sharing capabilities needed to support manufacturing visibility across the enterprise and the supply chain.

All RSBizWare products will share a common terminology to describe factory operations through the FactoryTalk Factory Data Model providing users with a single, consistent touch point between ERP, SCM and related systems. Based on the ISA S95
model, the FactoryTalk Data Model also will make it easier and more cost effective for users to take a modular approach to implementing shop floor optimization systems.

Cutting-Edge Reporting. RSBizWare 4.0 is the first of the Rockwell Software product offerings to support the FactoryTalk Portal, a Web-based reporting environment that provides access to manufacturing information, tailored by the user, from any remote device that supports browser technology (PDAs, pocket computers, etc.).

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 Electrice 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.

Rockwell Software is the leading brand of manufacturing systems software, providing applications for factory automation, data acquisition and integration, manufacturing operations performance improvement and analysis, and shop floor scheduling.

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