Nano-Controllers provide remote text messaging.

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Pico Series B nano-controllers have retentive memory range that permits use in applications requiring up to 128 lines of ladder logic. They use PicoSoft v6.0 software program, which is backwards-compatible with Series A Pico controllers. Models 1760-RM-PICO and RM-GFX remote mounting CPUs allow users to connect Pico GFX-70 display to Pico and Pico GFX CPUs, bringing text messaging to front of panel without requiring special enclosure.

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New Line of Nano-Controllers from Rockwell Automation Gives Users More Memory, Additional Power Supply Offerings and Remote Text Messaging

Allen-Bradley Pico Series B controllers have three times the ladder logic and twice the number of function blocks to serve more complex applications than the previous versions

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 24, 2005 - To provide manufacturers with expanded control functionality while maintaining a small footprint and low cost, Rockwell Automation has announced the Allen-Bradley Pico Series B nano-controllers. The Pico Series B controllers are equipped with faster processor speeds and an expanded memory, resulting in three times the ladder logic capacity and twice the number of function blocks than previously available. The new line of controllers also features backwards-compatible programming, improved display functionality and additional power supply options.

"With increased memory capacity and speed, the new Series B Pico controllers allow manufacturers to expand the performance of existing applications," said Sy Stevens, Pico product marketing manager, Rockwell Automation. "Manufacturers can do all this while retaining the features they like about Pico controllers - the small footprint, ease-of-use and low cost."

The Pico Series B line of controllers includes an increased retentive memory range, enabling the controllers to be used in applications that require up to 128 lines of ladder logic. The controllers also have twice the number of function blocks, additional coil functions, and enhanced clock and seasonal time configurations. The controllers use the new PicoSoft 6.0 software program which is free and available for download at the Web site. The software is backwards-compatible with Series A Pico controllers.

New to the Pico family of nano-controllers are the 1760-RM-PICO and RM-GFX remote mounting CPUs. These products allow users to connect the Pico GFX-70 display to both Pico and Pico GFX CPUs, bringing text messaging to the front of the panel without the need for special enclosures.

The Pico Series B controllers are fully compatible with the existing Pico controllers and will be available in March 2005.

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 services, Dodge mechanical power transmission products, Reliance motors and drives and Rockwell Software factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the Pico GFX controller, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1782.

Pico GFX is a trademark of Rockwell Automation. Complete Automation, Dodge, Reliance Electric, Allen-Bradley, and Rockwell Software are registered trademarks of Rockwell Automation.

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