I/A series upgrade incentive helps customers move to Mesh Networks and InFusion | Automation.com

I/A series upgrade incentive helps customers move to Mesh Networks and InFusion

Limited time offer bundles all essential components needed to upgrade to the latest I/A Series Mesh Control Network-based systems; positions users to take full advantage of Invensys’ new InFusion enterprise control system technology

FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, USA – June 7, 2006 – The Foxboro unit of Invensys Process Systems has announced an upgrade incentive program for users of the thousands of existing ”Nodebus”-based I/A Series automation systems installed around the world. The “Move to the Mesh” upgrade program further reduces the cost and effort required to expand the size and capability of these Nodebus-based Foxboro systems with the latest I/A Series Mesh Control Network technology. (NOTE: Foxboro’s redundant/fault-tolerant I/A Series Nodebus was the first Ethernet-based process control system network to be offered by a major automation vendor.)

The incentive, which ends September 30, 2006, bundles the latest generation of field-mounted I/A Series Control Processors, Windows XP-based flat-panel LCD workstations, and appropriate software licenses and equipment (including managed, High-Speed Ethernet switches), with a redundant pair of I/A Series ATS (Address Translation Station) modules. The ATS modules provide the critical link between I/A Series stations residing on the existing Nodebus-based control network and stations residing on the new Mesh Control Network backbone.

I/A Series system users can employ the new high-speed (up to 1 gigabyte between switches), high-capacity Mesh Control Network backbone to reduce network loading, physically extend, and add important new control, I/O, and field device integration capabilities to their existing systems.

Consistent with Invensys’ “continuously current” approach to technology and the company’s commitment to protect customers’ investments in intellectual property, virtually all existing I/A Series control databases, graphic displays, and applications are preserved.

The “Move to the Mesh” also positions I/A Series system users to take full advantage of the powerful capabilities offered by Invensys’ recently introduced InFusion enterprise control system (ECS), for which the I/A Series system serves as the preferred process control platform.

The new InFusion enterprise control system combines industry-leading capabilities from across Invensys with advanced enterprise information and integration technologies from both Microsoft and SAP to dramatically reduce cross-plant and plant-to-enterprise integration costs. With InFusion technology, most existing plant floor and enterprise systems can now be cost-effectively integrated into a common system. In conjunction with a suite of new performance services, Invensys’ InFusion system will help industrial enterprises more effectively align plant operations and maintenance departments with the business to optimize overall asset performance management.

About Invensys
Invensys is the world leader in industrial asset performance management. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions and Performance Management services groups, Invensys’ automation businesses includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world’s largest upstream projects, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with approximately 30, 000 employees working in 60 countries.
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