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New Kepware Communications Platform Strengthens Oil, Gas Offering

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Software development company Kepware Technologies has released a new version of its KEPServerEX, which is aimed at providing enhanced communications for industrial automation. KEPServerEX version 5.18 offers additional device connectivity and an improved user experience for customers in multiple vertical industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas and power and utilities.

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KEPServerEX_Platform and System Architecture

Kepware’s new KEPServerEX 5.18 offers additional device connectivity for customers in oil and gas, as well as other vertical industries.

“Our latest product release is an excellent example of the importance Kepware places on customer feedback,” said CEO Tony Paine in a June 23 announcement. “Our commitment to addressing customers’ needs prompted important usability and feature enhancements, including real-time tag edits and expanded support for ABB’s measurement and monitoring technologies.”

KEPServerEX version 5.18 includes the following key updates:

  • The Media Level Redundancy plug-in now supports a user-configurable triggering mechanism that can initiate failover based on single point value change, quality change or rate of change. This capability was added to support high-reliability tunneling with Kepware’s OPC UA-based tunneling solution.
  • The KEPServerEX platform now allows changes to be made to tag definitions in real-time. These changes apply to existing and new clients and ensure the integrity of all connected clients.
  • The ABB Totalflow driver now supports liquid Electronic Flow Measurement (EFM) data collection. It also has the ability to retrieve Trend Log files from Totalflow devices (which log real-time data points like flow rates, pressures, and temperatures) and make them available via CSV files.

“ABB Totalflow remote measurement and automation systems are proven to dramatically increase the accuracy, efficiency, safety and productivity of oil and gas facilities,” said Scott Peterson, U.S. sales manager for ABB. “In a market where accurate measurement and efficient operations are critical, ABB can significantly benefit from the support of a leading communications provider like Kepware. Kepware’s ongoing enhancements to their ABB Totalflow driver enable customers to leverage and integrate the full feature set of Totalflow systems with diverse applications and architectures, effectively increasing the measurement and data analysis capabilities of our solutions.”

More information about the updates included in KEPServerEX version 5.18 are available at kepware.com.

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