Multi-Protocol Gateway gathers data from serial only devices.

Press Release Summary:

Pro-face serial-to-Ethernet gateway offers programless Ethernet connectivity with serial devices. Users choose from over 50 available protocols and configurations can be made on data collection software. Rotary switches set IP address and collected data can be saved and replayed in table format. Features include RS-232C/422 port, 10Base-T Ethernet, 1MB Screen Data Memory (FEPROM), 128KB Data Backup Memory (SRAM), and LED indicators for system and communication status.

Original Press Release:

Xycom Automation Announces New Pro-face Brand Factory Gateway - A Serial-to-Ethernet Multi-Protocol Gateway

Saline, MI - June 28, 2002 - Xycom Automation, Inc., a subsidiary of Pro-face America, Inc. and a market leader in Industrial PCs, introduces the new Pro-face Brand Factory Gateway product, a serial protocol to Ethernet gateway.

Factory Gateway offers programless Ethernet connectivity with serial devices. Users can choose from over 50 available protocols to be connected with a Factory Gateway unit. Factory Gateway offers easy and flexible data collection from various production machines to information management systems via an Ethernet Network. Factory Gateway is ideal for data collection and remote monitoring of production facilities, which do not require advanced operator interfaces, or those that do not have a network interface but need one for higher production and quality control.

Network configurations of Factory Gateway can be easily made on Pro-face's data collection software, Pro-Server with Pro-Studio (version 4.0). The Factory Gateway is equipped with rotary switches to set an IP address, so no screen is needed. Collected data on Pro-Server can be saved and replayed in a table format for production system analysis and troubleshooting. The production data can be shared with other PC applications via ADO, DDE, DLL, OPC, and SQL, by using the Pro-Server software.

In addition to the communication system, the Factory Gateway unit is equipped with on-board screen data memory. Screen data created on the widely used Pro-face screen editor software, GP-PRO/PBIII, can be stored on the Factory Gateway on-board memory using graphics for remote monitoring or production status. The Pro-Server add-on software, GP-Viewer, offers quick and easy monitoring with the playback functions of production status via an Intranet at a single point, while the operation software GP-Web, allows users remote monitoring at multiple points via an Intranet or the Internet.

Features of the Factory Gateway include a RS-232C/422 port, 10Base-T Ethernet, 1MB of Screen Data Memory (FEPROM), 128KB of Data Backup Memory (SRAM), LED indicators for system and communication status, rotary switches for IP address set up, and is DIN-rail mountable. The Factory Gateway also conforms to CE marking and UL/cUL standards.

"The ability to gather data from serial only devices over Ethernet provides key information to decision-makers fast," explains Scott Kortier, Xycom's GP/GLC Business Unit Manager. "Personnel should not have to walk to the production environment, and manually collect data, because of the inability to network serial devices - now they don't have to."

Xycom Automation is a leading global supplier of innovative industrial automation solutions. Principal products include PC-based, open architecture visualization and control offerings. Xycom products serve industrial, automotive, aerospace, packaging, plastics, textile, and other markets, with hardware and software installed in over 200,000 factory-floor systems worldwide.

Xycom Automation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pro-face America, Inc., and provides marketing and sales for all Pro-face products in North, Central, and South America, and all Xycom products worldwide. Headquartered in Saline, Michigan, Xycom has employees and representatives around the world.

Founded in January 1999, Pro-face America, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of Digital Electronics Corporation based in Osaka, Japan. Pro-face America, the North American headquarters of Digital, is located in Glendale Heights, IL.

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