Advanced Automation Associates and Industrial Communications Technologies Form Business Alliance |

Advanced Automation Associates and Industrial Communications Technologies Form Business Alliance

EXTON, PA and NEWBURYPORT, MA, December 2, 2002 – Calling it a business alliance that will offer the “best of both worlds” – manufacturing intelligence and communications intelligence – to the manufacturing community, Advanced Automation Associates (AAA) and Industrial Communications Technologies (ICT) today announced the formation of Network Vision, Inc.

AAA, headquartered in Exton, PA, designs and implements manufacturing control and information systems. ICT, based in Newburyport, MA, provides industrial communications for factory-front office networking.

“Together,” AAA President Bob Zeigenfuse and ICT President Marc Fondl explained, “we will be able to provide data integration solutions that close the gap between plant floor operations and corporate business systems. It means that complete, accurate, and up-to-the-moment metrics can be delivered from the production floor to the right people in the front office at the right time and in a meaningful, understandable and useful format.

“More important,” they continued, “it means that the enterprise will be able to bring together shop floor, supply chain, and asset information and place it at the fingertips of managers who can use it to make real-time business decisions.”

Advanced Automation Associates’ plant floor control and information systems provide the foundation “manufacturing intelligence” –
* System Integration,
* Scaleable Solutions,
* Execution/Application Standards,
* Vendor Neutrality, and
* Open Software and Hardware Standards.

Industrial Communication Technologies’ industrial communications solutions extend those capabilities with “communications intelligence” –
* Seamless Integration,
* Floor-to-Floor Networking,
* Real-Time Communications, and
* Open Tools (e.g. OPC, XML, Java, Ethernet).

The two companies will continue to serve their niche client bases, but will be able to extend their services, as needed, to meet the growing need for seamless equipment and information management systems.

AAA is located at 640 Rice Boulevard, Exton, PA 19341. Telephone: 610-458-8700; Website: ICT is at 44 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Telephone: 978-499-9271; Website:

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