IBM, Invensys Market Supply Chain Accelerator Solutions For Discrete and Hybrid Manufacturing | Automation.com

IBM, Invensys Market Supply Chain Accelerator Solutions For Discrete and Hybrid Manufacturing

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Aug. 1, 2002 -- IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and Invensys plc (LSE: ISYS) today announced the strategic allies would work together to deliver solutions that streamline and optimize the manufacturing supply chain through application interoperability.

Invensys Supply Chain Accelerator solutions will leverage the experience of IBM Global Services and IBM's WebSphere infrastructure technology to integrate the flow of material and information through discrete and hybrid manufacturing enterprises.

These industry solutions extend business processes and expand the
capabilities of a manufacturing company's existing supply chain. Supply Chain Accelerator solutions provide accurate, real-time information about raw materials, manufacturing operations and finished goods. The event-driven solutions work across multiple trading partners -- including suppliers, manufacturing and customers -- to support high-speed decision-making. The range of solutions includes:
-- Invensys' production workflow technologies, Collaborative Production Management software and Supply Chain Accelerator applications.
-- IBM's Unix- and Intel-based servers and Internet/Web-based software products, including WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Business Integration, WebSphere Portal Server and WebSphere Everyplace Suite.
-- IBM and Invensys global consulting and integration services that range from simple application integration to complex business process redesign and deployment, depending on customer requirements.
-- Existing supply chain and ERP software.

"The supply chain controls the sequencing and priority of work in the plant, but until now plant systems have not been communicating with enterprise systems," said Don Bush, IBM Global Services practice executive. "These combined solutions address this gap while synchronizing manufacturing activities between trading partners."

"This solution set utilizes our manufacturing workflow technology to enable a new level of synchronization across the plant floor and throughout the supply chain," said Dave Westrom, senior vice president and general manager for Invensys Manufacturing Solutions. "Interoperability is the key for our customers to maximize the return on their manufacturing and IT assets."

For more information on Invensys Supply Chain Accelerator solutions, please visit the Invensys Manufacturing Solutions Web site at www.IMSAccelerator.com.

About Invensys
Invensys plc (www.invensys.com) is an international production technology and energy management company specializing in helping companies to improve efficiency, performance and profitability. Headquartered in London, Invensys has about 45,000 employees worldwide.

Invensys' Production Management Division (PMD) works closely with customers to enhance production asset performance and maximize return on investment (ROI) in product technologies. The division business units include APV, Avantis, Baan, Esscor, Eurotherm, Foxboro, PacSim, SIMSCI, Triconex and Wonderware. The division addresses the production needs of the oil, gas and chemicals industries; food, beverage and personal healthcare markets; and the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

The Invensys Energy Management Division (EMD) business units work actively with clients involved in both the supply and consumption of energy and water resources. They develop innovative systems and technologies that improve the management of energy and water efficiency and the reliability and security of power supplies. The division includes Energy Solutions, Metering Systems, Home, Appliance and Climate Controls and Powerware business units. Together, they focus on markets connected with power and energy infrastructure and commercial and residential buildings.

Contact:
Kari Garcia - for Invensys
Comm Strategies
(949) 753-9292, ext. 244
[email protected]

Invensys and Invensys Manufacturing Solutions are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. All other brands are trademarks of their respective owners.
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