SOURCE: Kepware


December 01, 2011 08:30 ET

Weatherford International Is "Connected with Kepware"

Kepware Partners With Weatherford International to Develop New Communication Drivers for Weatherford Rod Pump Controllers

PORTLAND, ME--(Marketwire - Dec 1, 2011) - Kepware Technologies, the leader in communications for automation, announced today that it has been selected by Weatherford International as their primary developer and provider of connectivity for its popular line of Rod Pump Controllers.

As a "Connected with Kepware" partner, Kepware will work closely with Weatherford to ensure they have the latest OPC connectivity standards and that Kepware communications drivers deliver the highest quality and most reliable solution possible for Weatherford's rod pump controllers. The new Weatherford 8500 driver runs on Kepware's industry leading KEPServerEX communications platform which provides proven interoperability, centralized communications, on-demand scalability and industrial strength.

"Our selection process of an OPC provider consisted of understanding which company is the best of the best in the industry and also understanding where each provider derives their bread and butter," said Gregg Hurst, North America Business Unit Manager of Weatherford International. "There are other companies in the market that have developed OPC drivers for us in the past and still dabble in it, but this is not the core competency and focus as it is at Kepware. We know Kepware is in this business for the long haul and will continue to provide enhancements to keep pace with the industry."

"We developed our relationship with Kepware through one of their largest value added resellers, Software Toolbox, which works with some of the larger users of our equipment," Hurst continued. "Software Toolbox has been instrumental in helping us bridge our client's OPC requirements with Kepware's development process. They have also provided project management services from project scoping to delivery of our OPC solution to the market place. In my opinion, Software Toolbox's service has provided increased customer satisfaction and resulted in a more feature rich product for Weatherford."

"Kepware is committed to enhancing our KEPServerEx communications platform for the Oil and Gas market, which has unique requirements. Through our partnerships with Weatherford and Software Toolbox we have been able to gain a better understanding of this space and add additional value to our products," said Tony Paine, President of Kepware Technologies. "Customers in other markets will also be able to leverage the majority of this functionality, such as Media Level Redundancy, to develop fail-safe connectivity in their automated control systems."


Kepware Technologies, established in 1995, develops a wide range of communication and interoperability software solutions for the Automation industry. Our flexible and scalable solutions are for connecting, managing, monitoring, and controlling diverse automation devices and software applications. Our industry endorsed software solutions improve operations and decision-making throughout all levels of an organization. Kepware Technologies' mission is to be "Your Standard for Connectivity". For more information, visit:


Weatherford is a multi-national oilfield service company that was first established in the U.S. over 60 years ago. It is one of the largest global providers of innovative mechanical solutions, technology and services for the drilling and production sectors of the oil and gas industry. Weatherford operates in over 100 countries and employs over 58,000 people worldwide.

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