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Software Toolbox Enhances Connectivity Software

TOP Server Features Expanded Weatherford 8500 Support, New Drivers for Lufkin, Bristol/IP and Alstom; Additional Driver and Functionality Enhancements (October 24, 2011)

CHARLOTTE, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 10/24/11 -- Software Toolbox® today announced the release of TOP Server Version 5.7, its OPC and native HMI device connectivity software application offering more than 125 different device drivers. Powered by Kepware, TOP Server 5.7 delivers new drivers, enhancements to the main server and more than 19 drivers and plug-ins.

TOP Server Version 5.7 provides the second phase of the Weatherford 8500 Serial Driver for connectivity to Weatherford rod pump controllers, which are widely used in the oil and gas industry. Additional device model support has been added to Version 5.7 for the following Weatherford device models: WellPilot/ePIC VSD, ePIC RPC, M2000, 8800, 8750 and 8500/8650. Channel serialization is also now supported for the Weatherford 8500 Serial Driver, expanding TOP Server compatibility for users with radio networks concurrently using multiple communication protocols on the same channels to devices in the field.

TOP Server 5.7 also introduces the new Lufkin Modbus driver for serial connectivity to Lufkin Automation devices supporting either Extended Lufkin Automation Modbus (ELAM) or standard Modbus protocols. Lufkin devices are used extensively in the oil and gas and power transmission industries around the globe.

"Expanding connectivity for oil and gas customers is a key new feature with the addition of the Lufkin Modbus Driver and the Weatherford 8500 Serial Driver," said Kevin Rutherford, brand manager at Software Toolbox. "Now, our users in the oil and gas industry can rely on TOP Server as a single source for an expanding selection of connectivity drivers specific to their industry."

Additional improvements in TOP Server Version 5.7 include:

TOP Server 5.7 is available for download or as an upgrade for users with active support and maintenance contracts at

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Since 1996, Software Toolbox has been an industry source for industrial automation software, from project conception to completion. The company has served more than 10,000 clients in 110 countries helping them find, evaluate, purchase and support automation software solutions. These solutions include OPC servers, clients, development toolkits, HMI/SCADA add-ins/enhancements, and ActiveX and.NET development tools for Visual Studio C#/VB/C++. Software Toolbox works with its clients in all phases of projects to help them find and determine the right tools to use and to support overall project objectives and maximize their industrial software results.

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Software Toolbox, Inc.
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