Port Splitter expands communications capabilities.

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Used with existing controllers, RS-232/DF1 port splitter connects to DF1 full-duplex port to allow simultaneous communication with local network and operator interface. Control users with one DF1 full-duplex port can use splitter to create one full­function port for 2-way communication between controller and local network. Primarily designed to run programming terminal or HMI, second port is respond-only.

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New RS-232/DF1 Port Splitter from Rockwell Automation Expands Controller Communications Capabilities

MILWAUKEE, March 24, 2005 - Industrial control users can more cost-effectively expand the communications capabilities of their existing controllers with the new RS-232/DF1 port splitter from Rockwell Automation. The port splitter connects to a controller's DF1 full-duplex port, allowing it to simultaneously communicate with a local network and an operator interface, all through a single port.

Control users with a single DF1 full-duplex port can use the splitter to create one full­function port for two-way communication between the controller and a local network. The second port is respond-only and is primarily designed to run a programming terminal or HMI.

"Many manufacturers need a second communications port for a human-machine interface (HMI) or programming terminal, but don't want to waste money using a more powerful controller just to obtain this feature." said Scott Haddix, SLC product manager, Rockwell Automation. "With the DF1 port splitter, control designers and system-level users now have an inexpensive way to increase communications and flexibility in their existing controllers."

Customers can order the DF1 port splitter beginning in mid-2005. It is compatible with Rockwell Automation controllers such as the SLC 500, PLC-5, MicroLogix, ControlLogix, CompactLogix and FlexLogix.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is a leading global 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 Rockwell Automation RS-232/DF1 port splitter, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1786.

Allen-Bradley, Complete Automation, ControlLogix, Dodge, PLC-5, Reliance, Rockwell Automation, and Rockwell Software are registered trademarks of Rockwell Automation, Inc.

CompactLogix, FlexLogix, MicroLogix, and SLC 500 are trademarks of Rockwell Automation, Inc.

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