Invensys Showcases ArchestrA, a New Automation Architecture, at 2002 User Conference and Expo |

Invensys Showcases ArchestrA, a New Automation Architecture, at 2002 User Conference and Expo

Demonstrations of the ArchestrA plant automation architecture and the next major evolution of the I/A Series system featured

ORLANDO, FL, USA (INVENSYS SHOWCASE CONFERENCE) -- September 9, 2002 – Invensys plc, a global leader in production technology and energy management, kicked off its Showcase Worldwide User Conference & Expo today at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center hosting an anticipated 2,000 customers from industrial companies worldwide. Top management, manufacturing and plant management, IT professionals, engineers, and others will all be at the conference that, for the first time, will bring together ten leading companies from the Invensys Production Management division: APV, Baan, Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, Pacific Simulation, Simulation Sciences/Esscor, Triconex, and Wonderware.

Heading the conference will be 25 application demonstrations incorporating ArchestrA, Invensys’ new comprehensive plant automation and information architecture that extends the life of legacy systems by leveraging the latest software technologies. Offerings built on this architecture enable decision-makers to achieve their business goals without abandoning prior investments in automation systems, production processes or intellectual property. In the ArchestrA environment, software applications can be rapidly assembled rather than programmed and new applications can also be created simply through the reassembly of existing applications.

Also being introduced at Showcase is the I/A Series A2™ system, which represents the next major evolution of this highly reliable automation system and now the first to run on Microsoft Windows XP and UNIX Solaris 8.0 workstations, and to offer fault-tolerant, 1 gigabit switched fiber-optic Ethernet for greater control network speed. The “A2 ” designation signifies that the product family utilizes elements of “Architecture By ArchestrA.” Offerings that have this designation will integrate easily with one another and with legacy systems that are already in place (see attached release).

Other significant Invensys announcements being made at Showcase include: a new FDT-compliant universal field device manager; a high-performance Digital Coriolis flowmeter; high-temperature pH sensors; a new rotary lobe pump for sanitary applications; new “Production Engine” interoperability technology; an innovative on-line performance monitoring solution for petrochemical and related industries; a new inspection accelerator application; and a new industrial information portal application.

New products and applications based on both Wonderware FactorySuite A2 TM software and the Foxboro I/A Series A2 system will demonstrate “Architecture by ArchestrA.” One of the key demonstrations is the Flow Island demo, which shows how users can seamlessly link disparate fieldbus (ie. HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, Profibus, Modbus, FoxCom) control and safety systems, as well as plant-wide computing systems and applications – fulfilling the ArchestrA theme of “Every system in your plant, working in concert.SM”

The Flow Island is a live, flowing water process of more than 35 feet in length that incorporates Foxboro®, Eurotherm® and APV® instrumentation and process equipment; multiple fieldbus networks; a Triconex™ safety shutdown system; control by a Foxboro I/A Series system; and operations by both Foxboro I/A Series A2 system and Wonderware FactorySuite A2 software. The latest DataAccess Server technology from the ArchestrA architecture is being used to integrate information and provide consistent systems management for this and other application demonstrations.

A complete “Industrial Intelligence” demo area features information and analysis solutions from several Invensys business units that can be used in concert to gather and analyze production information that can help make plants more productive. This demo shows off the Wonderware SuiteVoyager ™ 2.0 manufacturing information portal, which is presenting real-time and historical information from InTouch ®, InSQL, FoxView, I/A Series, and AIM* applications; and presents customized views of the data to different types of users via the SuiteVoyager Portal. Web browsers, wireless tablet PCs and PDAs are integrated into this demonstration to highlight the importance of getting the right information delivered – wherever and whenever it is needed.

A special PLC (programmable logic controller) integration demo illustrates how customers can effectively deploy PLCs from Allen-Bradley, Siemens, and Schneider in conjunction with both Foxboro I/A Series A2 system and Wonderware FactorySuite A2 software using ArchestrA based DataAccess Servers, Wonderware SuiteLink ™ Proxy, and OPC interfaces.

Another demo shows the features and benefits of the new Foxboro I/A Series A2 system – with workstations running on Solaris 8 and Windows® XP communicating with new controllers over a new one gigabit control network backbone. A separate, dedicated demo illustrates how combinations of Foxboro and Wonderware applications can provide customers with more comprehensive and easily integrated plant-wide solutions. This demo incorporates the new I/A Series A2 system DataAccess Server, Alarm Provider and Systems Management integration using Microsoft® Management Console.

In addition to these technology-focused demonstrations of ArchestrA in action, several vertical industry-based applications are also showing the ArchestrA architecture as part of the Invensys industry solutions portfolio, including Power, Pharmaceuticals, Specialty/Batch Chemical, Electronics and Automotive.

The Software in the Round area of the Expo provides a unique opportunity for Showcase attendees to test drive software applications in a hands-on, instructor led environment. A full breadth of Invensys applications is available for sampling via a rotating schedule and multiple simultaneous sessions to ensure that attendees get to experience the software of interest first-hand. Twelve “Architecture by ArchestrA” based software sessions are scheduled in the Software in the Round area.

In addition to the large numbers of working product and solutions demos, the Showcase also features more than 360 technical education sessions providing advanced learning experiences for attendees. These sessions are organized into both vertical industry tracks and technology tracks such as field instrumentation, control and I/O, supervisory controls and manufacturing information systems, asset management solutions, dynamic simulation and operator training, APC, optimization and performance monitoring, simulation and modeling, and collaborative manufacturing and the supply chain.

Major Invensys Showcase sponsors include Control Engineering magazine, Control Solutions magazine, Dell Computers Corporation, Managing Automation magazine, Microsoft Corporation, and Putman Media. Other sponsors include IBM Corporation, MSI magazine, Sun Microsystems, and Stratus Technologies, with additional sponsorship support provided by ARC Advisory Group, Cape Software, Imtech Corporation, InTech magazine, Modular Industrial Computers, Pepperl & Fuchs, and Smart Force.

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

Invensys Production Management works closely with customers in order to drive up performance of their production assets, maximize their return on investments in production technologies and remove cost and cash from their whole supply chain. The division includes APV, Avantis, Baan, Eurotherm, Foxboro, Simsci/Esscor, Pacific Simulation, Triconex and Wonderware. These businesses address process and batch industries -- including the oil, gas and chemicals, food, beverage and personal health care -- and the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Invensys Energy Management works with clients involved in the supply, measurement and consumption of energy and water, to reduce costs and waste and improve the efficiency, reliability and security of power supply. The division includes Energy Management Solutions, Appliance Controls, Climate Controls, Global Services, Metering Systems, Powerware and Home Control Systems. These businesses focus on markets connected with power and energy infrastructure for industrial, commercial and residential buildings.
The company also serves the specialized rail, wind-power and electronic manufacturing (power components) markets through Invensys Rail Systems, Hansen Transmissions and Lambda, respectively, in its development division.

Invensys operates in more than 80 countries, with its headquarters in London.
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