Web Server Module gives access to plant floor information.

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Designed for ControlLogix® platform, Allen-Bradley® 1756-EWEB module allows users to access control system information from any Web browser. It supports EtherNet/IP(TM) communications and offers capabilities that enable users to view plant-floor data via Web pages, receive e-mail or pager-based alarm notifications, and transmit information to software applications using Extensible Markup Language (XML) data.

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New Allen-Bradley® 1756-EWEB Module Brings Additional Web Capabilities to the ControlLogix® Platform

Enhanced Web server module allows users to access control system information anywhere, anytime

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio, Dec. 18, 2003 - To give users convenient access to plant-floor information, Rockwell Automation today introduced the Allen-Bradley® 1756-EWEB module for ControlLogix® controllers.

The EWEB module supports EtherNet/IP(TM) communications and offers a suite of Web capabilities that enable users to view plant-floor data via Web pages, receive e-mail or pager-based alarm notifications, and transmit information to a variety of software applications using Extensible Markup Language (XML) data. It is the first module to bring this type of Web functionality to the Logix control platform.

"In the past, users required additional software loaded on remote computers to view control information from a manager's office or other remote location," said Brian Oulton, marketing manager, Rockwell Automation. "With the EWEB EtherNet/IP module, users can view control information anywhere, anytime from a standard Web browser such as Microsoft® Internet Explorer-allowing greater accessibility and collaboration of information from the shop floor to the top floor."

The 1756-EWEB serves preformatted and custom Web pages containing control system data. Users who are authorized to access the information can do so on any computer with Internet access and a browser. This feature allows plant managers, engineers or maintenance specialists to gather and analyze control system data at their convenience.

In addition, users can create custom Web pages with the EWEB module-a valuable feature for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that want to create Web pages. These pages can combine control data from their machines with links to support services, machine documentation or online spare parts order forms, for example.

"The EWEB module gives OEMs an opportunity to add more value to their machines by providing customized information and support to their customers," said Joe Lee, product marketing specialist, Rockwell Automation. "That's because there are a number of creative ways OEMs can leverage its capabilities, from building management 'dashboards' to linking to their support center."

Using a simple e-mail engine, the EWEB module also is capable of sending messages to notify users of critical events by e-mail or a paging system (with compatible e-mail programs). Plus, the module is XML-based, meaning users can share information with other software applications without the need for middleware. And the XML control information provided by the EWEB module can be transmitted to computers running any operating system, which is important for mixed computing environments.

The 1756-EWEB module will be available in January 2004.

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 about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the 1756-EWEB module, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1671.

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

EtherNet/IP is a trademark under license by ODVA.

Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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