SeQent Partners with Kepware

Portland, ME -- Kepware Technologies, a leader in communications for automation, announced that it has been selected as the device communications provider to SeQent Ltd.

SeQent is a leading provider of real-time visualization, Andon, and messaging solutions for the plant floor and the enterprise. Designed specifically for environments where the slightest deviation can impact production significantly, SeQents solutions drive continuous improvement initiatives through early detection and quick remediation. SeQent's cost-effective automated solutions send real-time text/voice messages to key personnel through LED/Andon display boards, pagers, mobile phones, and PDAs the moment a tolerance is breached or a fault occurs. A longtime industry leader in the messaging sector, SeQent (formerly Plantwatch Inc. and NETCON Technologies Inc.) provides state-of-the-art Andon, visualization, and messaging solutions to more than 350 facilities worldwide, including major automotive, bottling, consumer products manufacturers, and healthcare organizations.

"SeQent benefits greatly from our single-server interface and breadth of protocols," explained Roy Kok, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Kepware Technologies. "Their business has a major focus on the markets we support extremely well—manufacturing—and our latest release of KEPServerEX v5 delivers the Manufacturing Suite, a bundle of over 100 protocols, that delivers connectivity their customers require in one concise application."

"Kepware's communications are exceptional," stated Scott Burns, CTO of SeQent. "They offer a high-quality product, and we see that customers have grown to trust communications from Kepware. We can simply state: "Connectivity provided by Kepware and move on to other discussion items."

About Kepware
Kepware Technologies is a world leader in communication software for automation and offers a unique experience in both OPC and embedded device communications. Since 1995, Kepware has focused on the development of communication drivers to automation controllers, I/O and field devices, OEM licensable communications, and licensable OPC interoperability solutions. Applications include machine-to-machine and machine-to-enterprise communications. Operating system support includes Microsoft Windows Desktop, Windows Server, and Windows Embedded (Windows CE and Windows Embedded NT/XP). Today, with over 140 communication protocols, and through the efforts of our direct sales, distribution, and embedded partners, Kepware is a leading provider of communications, with annual shipments exceeding 100,000 units. Kepware's responsiveness to customer needs and strong partnerships with other leading automation suppliers ensures that your next application will be a success. Ask around, and you'll hear why automation professionals everywhere consider Kepware Technologies "automation's best friend."

About SeQent
SeQent Ltd. is a leading provider of real-time automated condition monitoring, dispatch, and visual display management solutions that accelerate decision making and improve productivity and quality while increasing plant floor visibility. Using the logic and business rules already set up in your PLC's or data collection and reporting systems, SeQent sends real-time production, quality, and maintenance information via BlackBerrys, cell phones, pagers, PDAs, LEDs, and LCDs.

SeQent supports customers, including Georgia Pacific, Ford Motor Company, WS Packaging, Honda, Toyota, Heinz, Kellogg's, Intel, and John Deere. The company is privately held and is headquartered in London, Ontario, with U.S. operations in Michigan.

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