Stamping Control simplifies installation and operation.

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StamPro(TM) allows users to control and monitor mechanical and hydraulic stamping presses of all types and sizes from one platform. It provides press and automation control, operator interface, and motor controls in integrated package. StamPro uses Allen-Bradley Logix family of processors with Ethernet, DeviceNet(TM), and ControlNet(TM) communications to other plant-floor equipment, including coil feeds, computers, drives, robots, and servo transfer feeds.

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Rockwell Automation Introduces the Pro-Series Line of Metal Forming Control Solutions

New StamPro(TM) press control system reduces costs and simplifies stamping press installation, operation and maintenance

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio, September 5, 2002 - Users of metal forming machines will be able to reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies with StamPro(TM), a new pre-engineered stamping press control system from complete automation leader Rockwell Automation. Designed specifically for mechanical and hydraulic stamping presses, StamPro allows users to control and monitor stamping presses of all types and sizes from one control system platform. StamPro, which is part of Rockwell Automation's Pro-Series line of metal forming solutions, provides press and automation control, operator interface, and motor controls in a single integrated package.

By standardizing press control components on the industry leading Logix(TM) family of controllers, StamPro gives companies industry-standard and open connectivity (via Ethernet, DeviceNet(TM), and ControlNet(TM) to other plant-floor equipment, including coil feeds, computers, drives, robots and servo transfer feeds. StamPro's single control platform also promotes information sharing among diverse press lines, which can help improve overall manufacturing efficiency.

"Processes and customer specifications can change overnight, creating new programming and operational challenges for a stamping application," said David Sullivan, product manager, Rockwell Automation. "Our customers need to be flexible without impacting their productivity. The scalability and flexibility of the StamPro system enables companies to meet business demands and easily apply new technology, as their operations expand." The expandability of StamPro alone can provide reduced costs with simple reconfiguration of the system instead of complete control replacement.

Currently, many metal forming presses use different control platforms for each press subsystem, mandating that press operators and maintenance personnel be trained on varying technology and user interfaces. As part of the Pro-Series line, StamPro's Logix-based design allows customers to upgrade all of the pressroom controls to a single Logix Integrated Architecture open controller plafform - reducing their training and maintenance requirements, hence improving operational efficiencies. Logix-based systems include STFPro(TM), FeederPro(TM), AxisPro(TM), and StamPro, which all communicate with one another over the open networks and tie together neatly as a comprehensive total control solution.

StamPro uses field-proven Rockwell Automation controllers from the Allen-Bradley Logix family of processors. This helps stampers improve their process uptime and production quality, increase their production speed and capacity, and reduce downtime. StamPro also uses the standard Allen-Bradley Bulletin 6556 clutch/brake control design with independent redundant programmable controllers that provide the necessary monitoring, self-testing, security and verification. This redundancy helps companies reduce costs, risk, and injury potential, and helps in compliance with industry and government safety regulations. The system can also improve operational efficiency by providing production data that gives users a better understanding of their press utilization and production capacity, which aids in scheduling jobs and shipping orders on time. StamPro users can also receive world-class support through local Rockwell Automation service representatives.

StamPro's modular design enables it to easily integrate with existing press control hardware and can be configured to meet specific equipment and application requirements. Using Rockwell Software RSLogix(TM) 5000 programming software, users can customize their applications. In addition, StamPro can be connected throughout a facility using Rockwell Automation's open NetLinx(TM) architecture, which allows users to download, edit, and upload programs from any open network connection point.

Rockwell Automation offers a complete line of standard and custom press and automation control solutions for the pressroom. These controls are designed for mechanical and hydraulic stamping presses (gap, straight side, transfer), tandem lines, forging, die casting, and motion control applications, including STFPro (for servo transfer feeds), FeederPro (for coil feeds), and AxisPro (for interpress automation).

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 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 approximately 23,000 people at more than 450 locations serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the Pro-Series Line of Metal forming Control Solutions, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1548.

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