Software facilitates automation design projects.

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RSAutomation Desktop(TM) acts as central repository for control system design data. System is Windows®2000 or .NET-server-based application that allows users to create and reuse logic, HMI, and documentation from previous projects, helping save time and design costs. Single-server platform allows multiple users to collaborate, share data, enforce standards, and eliminate duplicate data entry for automation projects.

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Rockwell Automation Introduces Time-Saving Automation Design Tool

Rockwell Software® RSAutomation Desktop(TM) helps accelerate automation project design through reduced manual operations, collaboration and reuse of existing work

MILWAUKEE, May 1, 2003 - To help reduce rework and improve collaboration in automation design projects, Rockwell Automation has introduced Rockwell Software® RSAutomation Desktop(TM), a Windows ® 2000 or .NET-server-based application that acts as a central repository for control system design data. The program allows users to create and reuse logic, HMI, documentation and other data types as templates from previous projects, helping reduce time to market and automation design costs.

With RSAutomation Desktop, multiple users can collaborate, share data, enforce standards, eliminate duplicate data entry and automate tag creation for automation projects. Centralized data allows users to access personal views of the design project from any workstation. The program can help designers manage software applications and reduce integration testing time by eliminating tag mismatches and reusing pre-tested code.

"The most cost-intensive stage of any automation project is the design stage because of the complexities involved, the time required to manage segregated and often duplicated project data and documentation, and because system errors created during design often are not detected until startup," said Jason Weber, RSAutomation Desktop product manager, Rockwell Automation. "RSAutomation Desktop helps reduce design costs through a highly flexible data-sharing platform that leverages existing work and integrates disparate information into a single application for more accurate, cost-efficient project management."

RSAutomation Desktop enhances and simplifies automation system design by reducing manual operations and allowing users to reuse work generated in HMI, logic, and documentation applications. The program helps users improve productivity and lower total cost of ownership by integrating Rockwell Software products and third-party products into one desktop application.

With a single-server platform, project team members can use any client workstation to access all applications and data related to their project. Users can then navigate through all project work items - including logic, HMI, network layout, documentation and spreadsheets - and use the software's extensive cross-reference and search capabilities to help speed the specification, design and development process.

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® control and engineered services and Rockwell Software® factory management software, Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, and Reliance Electric® 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 about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on RSAutomation Desktop, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1619.

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