Online Development Inc. offers more secure plant data exchange

Displays new solution to plant floor to enterprise data exchange at Allen-Bradley Automation Fair...

KNOXVILLE, TN, Aug. 4, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Online Development Inc. will be displaying their xCoupler Enterprise Transaction Module in booth 111 at the Allen-Bradley Automation Fair. This module is designed to snap into the backplane of Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLCs to provide secure and simple two-tier data communications between various plant floor devices connected to ControlLogix and a wide range of enterprise server communications protocols including IBM WebSphere® MQ and Broker technology including WMQTT® and DB2, Oracle, Microsoft SQL, SMTP and TCP/IP.

These modules eliminate the security, virus and data integrity problems associated with factory floor PC-operated multi-tier systems connected to the enterprise. The xCoupler module's operating system is virtually immune to security problems and virus attacks and provides exceptional data accuracy and timeliness. Plant floor devices cannot affect the operation of the xCoupler module and the module's operation cannot affect plant floor devices.

Programming these modules is accomplished using the xCoupler module's WorkBench(TM) software tool. Its drag and drop configurator makes programming simple and easy with no special programming skills required. It also eliminates the need for enterprise drivers and upgrade maintenance in the future.

Regular demonstrations of the xCoupler module and the WorkBench configuration tool will be conducted in the booth and technical personnel will be available to answer specific application questions.

Automation Fair, sponsored by Rockwell Automation, is the premier industry event focusing on advanced automation products, integrated control and information architecture, valued-add services and solutions. A multitude of forums and venues make Automation Fair a valuable educational experience for professionals at all levels of your organization. Twenty hands-on labs and more than 50 technical sessions cover a wide range of advanced automation topics, each designed to help build your business and make you more productive and profitable. Plus, special industry forums hosted by experts provide a close, detailed look at the latest trends in the Life Sciences, Automotive, Food, Beverage, OEM, and Water/Wastewater industries. Automation Fair provides an extensive range of options, all available under one roof on November 16-17, 2005 at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Rockwell Automation 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 is also 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.

Online Development ( is a "fast track" developer of factory automation hardware and software for OEMs such as Rockwell Automation and ProSoft products in the industrial market space. Since its founding in 1989, the company has focused on developing the technologies needed to enable various leading brands of PLCs to communicate with either field devices or other brands of PLCs, as well as PCs. These technologies provide connectivity between various proprietary factory automation controls, barcode scanners, modems, printers, HMIs, sensors, popular factory/warehouse network systems, and PC-based enterprise systems to provide real-time communications throughout the enterprise.

Integral to the company's success is its use of the latest online CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and help desk tools. These tools provide OEM customers robust engineering and product support; plus streamline transactions while reducing procurement and product support costs. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Online Development is privately owned and has offices in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Barcelona, Spain.


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