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Amcor PET will be honored at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards June 11, 2009 at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, FL

Portland, ME, May 12, 2009 – Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that its customer, Amcor PET, was selected as a winner of the fifth annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 (PM100) Awards for its project to streamline communications among their plant floor equipment and between geographically diverse manufacturing plants and the corporate office using Kepware Technologies’ solutions.

Managing Automation Media, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication selected the nominees, and an independent judging panel chaired by Managing Automation Media editor-in-chief David R. Brousell reviewed the nominations.

"In the face of one of the worst economic downturns in history, the winning companies dramatically underscore how the manufacturing industry will not only get through this period but emerge in an even stronger position once a recovery takes hold," said editor-in-chief of Managing Automation Media David R. Brousell. "The projects that enabled the PM100 winners reflect great creativity and inventiveness, a determined willingness to take risk, and an enduring resilience to continually improve every aspect of their business. These companies are leading the way to a better future for all industry."

Amcor PET, a division of Amcor Ltd., is a world leader in innovative packaging solutions from corrugated board to blister packs and bottles. Seeking a cost-efficient, flexible OPC server solution to automate plant communications, the firm chose Kepware’s KEPserverEX, which has given them the capability to connect diverse pieces of equipment into a single network. “The wide range of solutions all contained within the KEPserverEX, the ability to community directly with our Wonderware Suitelink Protocol, excellent technical support and flexibility were all part of our decision in our choice of Kepware for OPC connectivity solutions,” said Bob Cooper, corporate manager of Controls Engineering for Amcor PET.

“We are thrilled that Managing Automation has recognized the creativity of the Amcor PET installation and the value that Kepware has brought to their organization with this prestigious award,” said Roy Kok, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Kepware Technologies. “We view our customers as true partners and work side-by-side with them to maximize cost-efficiencies that will help them be competitive and grow their businesses.”

PlantPROCORE About Kepware
Kepware is the 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 M2M (Machine to Machine) and M2E (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 the 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 Managing Automation Media
Managing Automation Media, a division of Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, provides a complete set of decision-support informational tools for executives and technology decision-makers at progressive manufacturers -- companies that are using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. In North America with Managing Automation, and now also in EMEA with Manufacturing Executive, they deliver access to the most influential decision-makers in manufacturing. Additional information can be found at



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