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The latest news and resources in industrial automation and data connectivity.

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Universal Translator – The Foundation of Digital Transformation

Posted By Tanya Pelletier

A Story Told by Dell, Insight, Intel, Kepware, and Wachter 

What is a Universal Translator? In sci-fi movies and TV shows, it’s a device that can instantly translate any language to enable aliens across many worlds to communicate. In many ways, that’s analogous to a manufacturing floor – where hundreds, if not thousands of “alien” components are all speaking countless different languages ... This creates a massive problem for manufacturers wanting to embrace digital transformation, which requires us to eliminate the operational and data siloes of the past and enable truly standardized communication across all operational technologies.  more

Friday, April 29, 2022

Siemens S7 Plus Ethernet Driver and the Universal Device Driver Available in 6.11 Release

Posted By Kyle Carreau
ThingWorx Kepware Server / KEPServerEX version 6.11 was released in December. Updates included first-class connectivity to Siemens’ S7-1200 and S7-1500 PLCs, through the new Siemens S7 Plus Ethernet Driver, and support for mixed mode and unsolicited communications with the recently launched scriptable Universal Device Driver (UDD). 

Monday, April 11, 2022

PTC Kepware Launches Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey

Customer feedback on our products, support, and services helps us improve customer experience and continue to meet the needs of our customers. We’ve made several important changes over the past year, and this feedback is vital to our understanding of the impact on customers' experiences with our products and how we can improve moving forward.  

Friday, March 25, 2022

IntegrateLive! Features Kepware at Inaugural Workshop

Posted By Kyle Carreau
IntegrateLive! is a collaborative effort focused on bringing together changemakers in automation in order to add value to the community. Aligning integrators, vendors, and end users that share the common threads of transparency and humility provides us the opportunity to integrate an ecosystem of solutions that helps to solve the problems we all face. Kepware was thrilled to have Kyle Carreau, Partner Success Manager, represent us at the inaugural installment of IntegrateLive!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Determining the Best Security Strategy for Smart Manufacturing

Posted By Sam Elsner
Data from automation systems used to stay put. It was produced by sensors, PLCs, and recorders; stored on local OPC servers and databases; and accessed by a few skilled operators and engineers. Although highly secure, data access was limited.
Smart Manufacturing and IoT are driving a variety of positive business outcomes and data must be shared with new systems, new networks, and a variety of tools for diverse users and roles. Determining the best security strategy for Smart Manufacturing efforts is a struggle, but this article offers a brief review of these key security issues:
  • New applications and data destinations

  • New user roles and expectations

  • Evolving threat landscape 


Friday, July 9, 2021

ThingWorx Kepware Server - Enterprise Wide Connectivity

ThingWorx Kepware Server simplifies and extends industrial connectivity across your enterprise. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

ThingWorx Kepware Edge® Version 1.3 is now available. 

ThingWorx Kepware Edge Version 1.3 provided updates to the Configuration, improved the OPCUA and IoT Gateway Interfaces and added new licensing features to the Server Runtime. In addition, continuous improvements were made to the Configuration API and Security Updates we are also made in this latest release. 


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Whitepaper: Next-Gen IT/OT Convergence

Posted By Mindy (Hart) Hayes

Next-Gen IT/OT Convergence: Capitalizing on Determinism, Data Flow & Containerization to Boost Operational Resiliency

Check out the newest whitepaper that showing how these trends from the field are great indicators of the evolution of IIoT and the role of digital transformation in modern manufacturing. Just as technology advances with each shift in the manufacturing industry, so must the industry adapt to technological improvements.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

ThingWorx Kepware Server Wins Plant Engineering 2020 Product of the Year

Posted By Sean Callahan
ThingWorx Kepware Server wins Plant Engineering's 2020 Product of the year Gold award. 

Monday, April 26, 2021

5 Change Management Challenges of Your Future Plant Floor

With the implementation of new equipment and software, plant floors are constantly changing. For controls engineers,“future-proofing”creates an architecture ready for the potential of expansion and digital transformation.With the implementation of new equipment and software, plant floors are constantly changing.