NEEDHAM, Mass. – November 14, 2018 –– PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced the release of the KEPServerEX® Version 6.6 industrial connectivity platform. The latest version of KEPServerEX includes several new innovations and security enhancements that extend Kepware’s market-leading position in computer numeric control (CNC) and injection molding machine (IMM) connectivity, enabling manufacturers to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives.
“Connectivity to industrial assets in operational environments is driving valuable insights that allow manufacturers to improve productivity, efficiency, and safety. However, due to their age and the complexity of the protocols used, some assets, such as CNCs and IMMs, have proven to be notoriously difficult to tap for data,” said Howard Heppelmann, general manager, Connected Operations Solutions, PTC. “PTC has helped countless manufacturers overcome this data integration challenge and create holistic industrial IoT ecosystems. With KEPServerEX V6.6, we’re providing users with access to an even wider, more diverse set of industrial assets, thereby enabling smart manufacturing across the entire factory.”
A key component of the KEPServerEX V6.6 release is the new EUROMAP 63 driver. EUROMAP 63 is an open source, file-based protocol used by many industry-leading IMM manufacturers. Prior to KEPServerEX V6.6, manufacturers with IMMs had limited choices for collecting data, such as using vendor-specific proprietary MES software or producing a home-grown solution. Inclusion of this new driver gives organizations real-time data monitoring and parameter control of EUROMAP 63-enabled IMMs, increasing production visibility and enabling those organizations to reduce waste and downtime.
Updates to the existing Fanuc Focas Ethernet driver are also included in this release. With KEPServerEX V6.6, manufacturers can access more data from their Fanuc CNC machines, with the ability to read and leverage data from any parameter specified in the manual's parameter table.
KEPServerEX Version 6.6 demonstrates PTC’s continued investment in helping manufacturers reduce risks associated with security threats. With the increased focus on application security, users can confidently upgrade to the latest version, knowing PTC is continuously improving product security to keep up with modern standards.
PTC and Kepware are showcasing their digital transformation technology and solutions at Rockwell Automation Fair in Philadelphia, Nov. 14-15. You can learn more about KEPServerEX 6.6 at booth #925, where product experts will be facilitating demos and conversations.
Kepware is a software development business of PTC Inc. located in Portland, Maine. Kepware provides a portfolio of software solutions to help businesses connect diverse automation devices and software applications and enable the Industrial Internet of Things. From plant floor to wellsite to windfarm, Kepware serves a wide range of customers in a variety of vertical markets including Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Building Automation, Power & Utilities, and more. Established in 1995 and now distributed in more than 100 countries, Kepware's software solutions help thousands of businesses improve operations and decision making. Learn more at https://www.kepware.com/.
PTC helps companies around the world reinvent the way they design, manufacture, operate, and service things in and for a smart, connected world. In 1986 we revolutionized digital 3D design, and in 1998 were first to market with Internet-based product lifecycle management. Today, our leading industrial innovation platform and field-proven solutions enable you to unlock value at the convergence of the physical and digital worlds. With PTC, manufacturers and an ecosystem of partners and developers can capitalize on the promise of the Internet of Things and augmented reality technology today and drive the future of innovation.