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Invensys is first to demonstrate Enterprise Application Integration using the ANSI/ISA-95 standard

Groundbreaking demonstration at World Batch Forum shows how standards can be used to integrate plant and enterprise applications.

FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, USA – April 26, 2002 – Invensys Production Management today announced that it recently performed the first public demonstration of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) using the ANSI/ISA-95 (“S95”) standard. This demonstration was performed at the World Batch Forum (WBF) Meeting of the Minds, held in Woodcliff Lake, NJ on April 9, 2002. The demonstration involved the exchange of production scheduling and performance information between the Baan Process Solutions Protean Process ERP application and the I/A Series Batch application from Foxboro.

Both Invensys applications were enabled with Web services to exchange production schedule and production performance information using XML documents. These XML documents followed the newly released WBF Business to Manufacturing (B2MML) schema, which are based on the ISA-95 standard. The documents were exchanged using Microsoft’s BizTalk Server.

"Invensys is leading the way by being the first automation supplier to demonstrate the integration of ERP and batch control functions based on standard XML schemas,” commented Asish Ghosh, Vice President, ARC Advisory group. “Integration based on standard schemas developed by World Batch Forum will be of significant benefit to the users as it will make integration of disparate ERP and batch control systems easier."

"The ANSI/ISA-95 Enterprise/Control System Integration standard, helps companies effectively and efficiently integrate their manufacturing systems into their supply chain,” said Dennis Brandl, President of BR&L Consulting and one of the authors of the WBF XML standard. “Implementations based on the WBF XML definitions reduce the time and errors in business-to-manufacturing integration, resulting in faster work order processing, faster inventory reconciliation, and better corporate visibility into manufacturing."

"We see the use of the latest web services and XML schema technologies as the future of collaborative applications integration,” said Mark Davidson, an Invensys marketing director." This integration approach works transparently across internal networks, business-to-business supply chain networks, and different computing platforms. The other key customer benefit is that the XML schema is a simple document to create and maintain, and it precisely specifies the information to be passed - irrespective of what ERP package and plant automation system is being integrated. Invensys units have been providing these types of solutions for more than eight years and we see this as a significant breakthrough in reducing the initial implementation and ongoing maintenance complexity barriers. We're pleased to be able to utilize this technology in our solutions today. We will leverage web services and XML even more in the future with our ArchestrA software framework.”

“This important, groundbreaking demonstration at the WBF conference proved that integration based on standard XML schemas can be successfully implemented using current releases of industrial software,” added Robert Babecki, EAI marketing manager at Invensys Production Management. “We were excited to be able to present the demonstration the very same week that the schemas were released.” The demonstration was made possible by close cooperation between several different Invensys units and the WBF XML Working Group.

Invensys plc, the international production technology and energy management group, specializes in helping companies to improve efficiency, performance and profitability. With close to 76,000 employees, Invensys is headquartered in London, England.

Our Production Management businesses work closely with customers in order to drive up performance of their production assets and maximize the return on investments in product technologies. The division includes APV, Avantis, Baan, Eurotherm, Foxboro, Pacific Simulation, Simulation Sciences, Triconex, and Wonderware and it addresses the oil, gas, and chemicals; food beverage and personal healthcare; power; pulp and paper; and discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Our Energy Management businesses actively work with clients involved in both the supply and consumption of energy, developing systems using innovative technologies that improve the reliability and security of power supplies. The division includes Energy Solutions, Metering Systems, Appliance and Climate Controls and Power Systems and focuses on markets connected with power and energy infrastructure and commercial and residential buildings.
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