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Emerson's AMS Software Expansion Broadens Plant and Industry Coverage

Industry leading connectability extends to even more field devices, calibrator interfaces, and multiplexer interfaces

AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 28, 2002) - Emerson Process Management's new version of AMS predictive maintenance software builds on the company's open PlantWeb(R) digital plant architecture. The new AMS extends the use of a single software platform for acquiring and using intelligence from all of the field devices in a plant, regardless of manufacturer. The extended abilities build on AMS's position as the de facto standard for field device software as acknowledged by ARC (Strategies Report Feb 2001).

Emerson provides customers with the universal solutions they need to stay competitive by building the AMS software application on open protocols. When used in conjunction with the DeltaV(TM) digital automation system, AMS provides users access to the predictive diagnostics of up to 66 different FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus instruments from 18 manufacturers, doubling the number of devices from the previous version. AMS also increased access to
HART(R) devices, adding 29 HART devices from nine additional manufacturers for a total of more than 200 different HART devices from more than 40 manufacturers. Thirteen conventional device templates including generic and temperature switches, I/P devices, annunciators, and weigh scales allow data to be entered even when devices don't have communication capabilities.

Emerson actively supports the efforts of all manufacturers of HART and FOUNDATION fieldbus devices by making available the tools to fully integrate their devices and their advanced diagnostics into AMS to provide added value for AMS users.

Field information is accessed online, either through an Emerson control system or a HART multiplexer network, to any manufacturer's control system. By building on standard industry communication protocols, AMS accepts information from a broad field base regardless of the distributed control system.

About AMS

AMS is a key modular software technology that communicates with intelligent field devices through FOUNDATION fieldbus or HART protocols across Emerson's open, networked PlantWeb digital plant architecture. AMS captures rich diagnostic information about not only the health of Emerson field devices, but of the process as well. It also interfaces and captures health data from the field devices of a majority of the world's leading automation suppliers. This functionality powers PlantWeb to deliver predictive diagnostics information to those responsible for maximizing asset
availability and performance.

Supporting the PlantWeb technology platform and its AMS software, Emerson's Asset Optimization delivers world-class services to help users make significant and continuous improvements in production asset performance. Asset Optimization improves plant availability, increases productivity, and reduces equipment cost-of-ownership across the full spectrum of plant assets including mechanical equipment, electrical equipment, process equipment, instruments and valves.

For further information regarding AMS, visit www.assetweb.com or call 1-512-832-3235.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is
a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include: AMS; PlantWeb(R); Fisher(R); Micro Motion(R); Rosemount(R); DeltaV(TM); and Ovation(R).

About Emerson
St. Louis-based Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliances and tools. Sales in fiscal 2001 were $15.5 billion.

PlantWeb, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, DeltaV, and Ovation are marks of Emerson Process Management. FOUNDATION is a mark of the Fieldbus Foundation. HART is a mark of the HART Communications Foundation. Other marks are property of their respective owners.

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