Invensys' Wonderware to Implement Solutions to Assist Food-Processing Companies to Meet New Bioterrorism Requirements | Automation.com

Invensys' Wonderware to Implement Solutions to Assist Food-Processing Companies to Meet New Bioterrorism Requirements

February 232004
Wonderware Strategic Integration Group to Implement Solutions to Assist Food-Processing Companies to Meet New Requirements

LAKE FOREST, Feb. 23, 2004 -- Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems, Inc., today announced that it now offers eCompliance Solutions designed to respond to the "Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act" of 2002. The Wonderware Strategic Integration Group (WSIG) will implement the eCompliance Solutions.

The Bioterrorism Response Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush on June 12, 2002, requires the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enact and enforce regulations to protect the food supply in the event of a terrorist attack. Every food-processing company in the U.S., excluding farms and restaurants, is required follow these regulations, which ensure that food companies can account for every link in their supply chain.

"After the regulations go into effect, it is expected that food companies and manufacturers will have to maintain records for each batch of food or other product that they produce for a minimum of two years for non-perishable products and for a minimum of one year for perishable products," said Jay Jeffreys, the program manager for Wonderware's eCompliance Solutions.

The Bioterrorism Response Act requires food companies to provide the FDA with ingredient source data including immediate previous source, or IPS, and immediate subsequent recipient, or ISR, for every component used in the manufacturing process. In addition to U.S. food-processing companies, the Bioterrorism Response Act impacts international organizations that import or export food or other biological products to the U.S.

"It is possible to keep these records on paper and still meet the Act's requirements," said Yves Dufort, WSIG's general manager and director of services. "The challenge is that the companies must provide a large amount of specific, detailed information within several hours after an investigation begins. Electronic records greatly simplify and accelerate the data-gathering process."

The Wonderware Strategic Integration Group has closely researched the requirements associated with the Bioterrorism Response Act and designs eCompliance solutions that can help manufacturers improve operational performance, traceability and downtime tracking in addition to complying with the Bioterrorism Response Act. WSIG also advises companies on how to achieve regulatory compliance in other areas, such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11.

"Wonderware's eCompliance Solutions incorporate features that are specifically intended to address the Bioterrorism Response Act," Jeffreys said. "Our objective is to advise customers on what the Bioterrorism Response Act demands from them, and to provide the means to quickly and cost-effectively acquire the necessary information with easy-to-use and quickly deployable software solutions."

About Wonderware eCompliance Solutions

Wonderware eCompliance Solutions assists food-processing companies address the reporting requirements of the U.S. Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, and the FDA regulations called for in the Act. The regulations affect more than 200,000 manufacturing, wholesale and packaging sites in the U.S. Larger firms have only months to comply. Wonderware eCompliance Solutions offer food-processing companies of any size a cost-effective tracking and tracing solution for the food manufacturing process. The solutions are easy to use, quick to deploy, and compliant with the Bioterrorism Response Act and its associated regulations.

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 production management software and the Industrial Application Server. WSIG's comprehensive manufacturing solutions include regulatory compliance, 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. For more information about the Wonderware Strategic Integration Group, visit wsig.wonderware.com.

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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