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Invensys Group Offers Lifecycle Services for Vision Inspection and Robotic Manufacturing Accelerator Solutions

January 132004
New Program To Improve Customer Return on Assets

MONTREAL, Jan. 13, 2004 -- The Invensys Vision & Robotics group today announced a new comprehensive Lifecycle Services Program designed to extend system life and lower total cost of ownership for its vision inspection and robotic manufacturing accelerator solutions.

The program will be tailored to each customer's needs and includes access to technical experts for quick problem resolution, guaranteed resource availability and fast response for critical systems during emergencies, system maintenance and administration. The program is designed to extend system life and improve asset productivity. "Because of the business downturn during the past few years, many companies have cut their maintenance and engineering staffs," said Charles Magnan, vice president of the Invensys Vision & Robotics group. "Now that business is on the upswing, these same companies are looking to augment their internal resources with complementary outside support. Our objective is to provide services that are focused on keeping systems healthy and in optimal running condition."

Lifecycle Services focus on productivity and system uptime issues such as unplanned system downtime, system component obsolescence and high-cost and extended-duration failures. Through discussions with current maintenance, engineering and production personnel, Vision & Robotics can develop approaches focused on proactive maintenance, managed obsolescence and fast response to improve system availability, reduce downtime and extend the life of a system.

"Our customers in the lighting, turbomachinery, continuous Web manufacturing, pharmaceutical and automotive industries, like all other industries, want to optimize the use of their assets," Magnan said. "The bottom line is Lifecycle Services is focused on improving return on assets."

The Lifecycle Services Program focuses on providing the following key service recommendations:

-- Regular system maintenance and administration to reduce unplanned downtime and improving asset uptime.

-- Fast access to the right people when emergencies occur lowering repair cost and reducing downtime.

-- Proactive managed obsolescence for obsolete or soon-to-be obsolete parts to ensure that either spare parts are available or substitutes are engineered into the system

-- System reconfiguration to manage new product types or variations.

"Every manufacturing plant has different support and maintenance needs," said Yvan Castilloux, Lifecycle Services program manager for the Invensys Vision & Robotics group. "Our approach is to understand plant requirements, existing staffing levels and maintenance plans and customize a program that makes sense for the plant and a customer's budget."

For more information on Invensys Lifecycle Services, contact Yvan Castilloux at 514-485-8003.

About Vision & Robotics

Vision & Robotics, part of the Invensys Production Management Division, has been developing automated vision inspection and robotic manufacturing solutions for 10 years. The business unit provides solutions for the lighting, continuous web, heavy metal fabrication, turbomachinery, automotive, electronics, aeronautics, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries. For additional information, visit www.solutions2accelerate.com.

About Invensys

Invensys is a global leader in production technology. The group helps customers improve productivity, performance and profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of their industries and applications.

Invensys Production Management works closely with customers to increase performance of production assets, maximize return on investment in production and data management technologies and remove cost and cash from the supply chain. The division includes APV, Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware. These businesses address process and batch industries including oil and gas, chemicals, power and utilities, food and beverage, and personal health care and the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Invensys Rail Systems is a global leader in the design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of safety related rail signaling and control systems as well as a complete range of rail signaling and communications products. The business includes Westinghouse Rail Systems Limited (WRSL), Dimetronic Signals, Safetran Systems, Burco Services, Westinghouse Signals Australia and Foxboro Transportation. WRSL was recently awarded two contracts valued at more than £850m (US$1.3 billion) for the renewal of signaling on the London Underground.

Invensys also currently serves other market sectors through its Development Division. The businesses in this division are: Appliance Controls, APV Baker, Climate Controls, Hansen Transmissions, Lambda, Metering Systems and Powerware. Invensys is actively seeking to develop these businesses through equity partners or new owners.

Invensys operates in more than 60 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.

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