PTC is a global software company that delivers a technology platform and solutions to help companies design, manufacture, operate, and service things for a smart, connected world. PTC is the owner of the ThingWorx platform.
Since 1985, PTC has been enabling customers to stay one step ahead of the competition by providing them with the latest Industry 4.0 and IoT tools, such as augmented reality, 3D printing and digital twin.
PTC has over 6,000 employees in 30 countries, 750 partners and an annual revenue of about $1.14 billion.
The US company Kepware, which was taken over by PTC at the end of 2015, is a global leading player in the field of OPC communications. Kepware develops and sells OPC servers for hundreds of PLC systems, software tools for OPC redundancy, and other OPC applications.
Kepware was established in Portland, Maine in 1995. It has spent the last 20+ years building a portfolio of industrial connectivity solutions to help businesses connect diverse automation devices and software applications. Kepware solutions enable customers to easily collect and process data from production machines and systems via the OPC communication protocol.
Kepware sells its OPC servers and applications all over the world. Its motto – It Just Works – symbolises the reliability of its OPC applications, which its customers will testify to. Kepware OPC products feature simplicity, stability, high performance and reliability. They support over 300 communication protocols.
FOXON s.r.o. has been Kepware's Preferred Distributor for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the Ukraine since 2007.
ThingWorx is a comprehensive vertical development platform that connects disparate devices, systems and applications, providing access to multiple sources of data for industrial IoT applications and AR experiences. Verticality enables the development of solutions from the bottom up, i.e. from the bottom (sensors) to the top (the cloud, web applications and ERP systems). The solutions provide a quick summary of historical as well as live data and tools for processing this data.
Developers have access to a whole range of study materials and online tutorials. The platform can deal with hundreds of thousands of requests, collect data from tens of thousands of devices and cater for thousands of users at the same time. No other platforms offers such a large ecosystem and such an unprecedented level of connectivity for connecting shop floor systems with such ERP systems as SAP and SalesForce.
FOXON s.r.o. is the first Czech integrator of the ThingWorx platform in the field of Smart Manufacturing in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
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