SOURCE: Kepware Technologies

Kepware Technologies

February 17, 2011 08:00 ET

Kepware Technologies Wins 2011 Kinetic Process Innovation Award for Gerdau Ameristeel Application of KEPServerEX and LinkMaster

PORTLAND, ME--(Marketwire - February 17, 2011) - Kepware Technologies today announces that it has received the 2011 Kinetic Process Innovation Award for excellence in Communications for Automation in Manufacturing category. Now in its 14th year, the awards program recognizes excellence in information technology and this year is sponsored by High Tech Views, an online publication that spotlights technology innovation.

Gerdau Ameristeel uses a variety of PLCs across their manufacturing plants and Kepware's KEPServerEX communication server allows Gerdau Ameristeel to connect those PLCs to the various MES and SCADA applications. LinkMaster was used to bridge the gap between 3rd party OPC applications and was also used as a data aggregator. Using both KEPServerEX and LinkMaster allowed Gerdau Ameristeel to centralize their factory communications efficiently and securely.

"Kepware and Gerdau Ameristeel are to be commended for this outstanding deployment," said Drew Barrows, deputy editor of High Tech Views. "This year's entries were especially difficult to judge because of the wide range of creativity and innovation that were involved in both the technologies and the customer implementations. Our judges look for innovative use of technologies that support customers in streamlining their business processes to become more cost-efficient and competitive."

"Our KEPServerEX and LinkMaster applications were designed and built for these types of applications. KEPServerEX is capable of communicating with over 140 different communications protocols within a single, reliable and secure environment, a prerequisite for Gerdau Ameristeel," said Tony Paine, President of Kepware Technologies. "LinkMaster provides an easy to use solution for mapping data between OPC items, and in this case disparate systems within a single OPC server."

This year's entries, in a variety of categories, exemplified best practices and creative use of technologies.

About Kepware Technologies:

Kepware Technologies develops a wide range of communication and interoperability software solutions for the Automation industry. Our solutions allow our customers to connect disparate software and hardware systems, providing applications with quality, ease of use, and high performance. Kepware solutions allow our customers to connect disparate software and hardware systems. Furthermore, our in-depth experience with software design, development, support, and maintenance allows us to provide high-performance communications software without sacrificing quality and ease of use.

About Kinetic Process Innovation Awards:

The awards program was founded by Kinetic Information LLC in 1996 and is sponsored by various technology publications. The 2011 awards, sponsored by High Tech Views, recognize innovation in the application of information technology. Awards focus on the business benefits user organizations derive from their technology systems. Winners are selected by a panel of experts consisting of independent professional consultants who are recognized authorities in their fields. The judging process is free of any vendor or other bias so the emphasis remains on the business benefits provided by each winning implementation. For more information, visit

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