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Invensys' Wonderware Strategic Integration Group to Deliver Predictive Maintenance Solution for Engelhard Corp.

February 232004
WSIG Project Expected to Reduce MRO Inventory, Downtime and Labor Costs

LAKE FOREST, Feb. 23, 2004 -- Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems, Inc. announced today that the Wonderware Strategic Integration Group (WSIG) just received its first purchase order for its Predictive Maintenance solution from Engelhard Corp., a long-time Wonderware and Avantis strategic customer.

The solution consists of a series of ArchestrA software objects that run on Wonderware's Industrial Application Server, which facilitates automated updates from the plant floor to drive maintenance work orders in a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). This interoperability solution will provide real-time connectivity between the shop floor and Engelhard's Avantis CMMS installation.

"WSIG Predictive Maintenance solutions can yield high returns on investment," said Yves Dufort, WSIG's general manager and director of services. "This solution is designed to reduce overtime and maintenance labor costs; cut down MRO inventory; decrease planned downtimes through better-planned maintenance; lessen unplanned downtimes through more timely maintenance; and improve coordination between the maintenance and production departments, to minimize disruption."

The WSIG Predictive Maintenance solution includes software and project services that link a plant's maintenance system with equipment usage. As part of the design of this Predictive Maintenance solution, an adapter for the MRO software's Maximo CMMS is also being created. These offerings leverage Invensys' ArchestrA software architecture to link maintenance events and plant production data.

"We decided to implement the WSIG Predictive Maintenance solution because we expect it to reduce our MRO inventory, decrease planned and unplanned downtimes, and lower our labor costs for maintenance labor and overtime," said Gary Yacobian, senior engineer for Engelhard. "It should also minimize disruptions in production by improving coordination between our maintenance and production activities."

For more information on WSIG Predictive Maintenance solutions, go to wsig.wonderware.com or e-mail [email protected].

About Engelhard Corp.
Engelhard Corp. is a surface and materials science company that develops technologies to improve customers' products and processes. A Fortune 500 company, Engelhard is a world-leading provider of technologies for environmental, process, appearance and performance applications. For more information, visit www.engelhard.com.

About the Wonderware Strategic Integration Group
WSIG is a Wonderware solutions group that supports strategic customer accounts and assists systems integrators and distributors in implementing advanced Wonderware products including those built on Invensys' ArchestrA software architecture.

WSIG applications and solutions deliver the maximum potential from Wonderware products related to manufacturing execution and information, including InTrack production tracking software, the IndustrialSQL Server real-time plant historian, InBatch software and the Industrial Application Server. WSIG also provides solutions that assist our customers with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. WSIG's comprehensive manufacturing solutions also include project management services, manufacturing execution system implementation and plant intelligence solutions.

As a Certified FactorySuite A2 ("A-squared") integrator, WSIG has significant systems architecture and product applications expertise with Wonderware FactorySuite A2 products and can offer specialized supplemental assistance and/or one-stop service for technology, applications and solutions support. FactorySuite A2 software users benefit from Invensys' ArchestrA industrial automation and information software architecture, which enables faster application generation, easier software integration and lower application life cycle costs.

About Invensys' Wonderware and ArchestrA Business Units
Wonderware and ArchestrA are business units of Invensys Systems, Inc. Wonderware is the world's leading supplier of industrial automation and information software. Founded in 1987, Wonderware pioneered the use of the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) operating system in HMI automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Wonderware software powers intelligent plant decisions in real time. ArchestrA technology provides a unified set of software services that enables every system in your plant, working in concert.

Based in Lake Forest, Calif., the Wonderware and ArchestrA business units have regional sales and development offices throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia to provide support to its network of more than 160 distributor offices. Wonderware has approximately 300,000 software licenses in approximately 100,000 plants worldwide, which is about 30 percent of the world's 335,000 plants with 20 or more employees. For more information, visit www.wonderware.com or www.invensys.com/archestra.

About Invensys
Invensys is a global leader in production technology and solutions. The group helps customers improve productivity, performance and profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of their industries and applications. Invensys business units work 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. Leading Invensys brands focused on production management include 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 operates in more than 60 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.

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