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Matrikon's AlarmInsight works with ABB's Industrial IT

Extends automation systems to include comprehensive alarm analysis

Wickliffe, OH, March 16, 2007 – Matrikon's AlarmInsight for System 800xA has been Industrial IT Enabled and released for sale. AlarmInsight connects Matrikon's ProcessGuard™ and Alarm MOCCA™ to ABB's Extended Automation System 800xA, providing System 800xA users with targeted, meaningful information from Matrikon's alarm management products.

"In our experience, sustaining an alarm management strategy is no easy task. Like many improvement program initiatives, it takes buy-in from various plant personnel such as management, engineering, maintenance and operations. These people are already inundated with crucial daily tasks and the last thing they need is more work," said Mik Marvan, Alarm Management Product Manager at Matrikon. "The answer is to make accessing and managing this information as painless as possible by incorporating the data into their existing work practices. If this is not done, it is more difficult to stay focused on an alarm management practice over time. Matrikon's AlarmInsight for System 800xA allows our customers to do just that."

Some of the main features of Matrikon's AlarmInsight for System 800xA include:
  • A system extension that allows access to various ProcessGuard alarm analysis reports through System 800xA's plant, area, unit, and tag objects
  • Access to Alarm MOCCA management of change (for alarm parameters) reports. Alarm cause, effect, and recommended action data is collected in Alarm MOCCA and, through AlarmInsight, can be accessed in System 800xA to assist operators in their decision making.
  • A combined System 800xA and ProcessGuard desktop trend (time based process data combined with alarms and events) for better root cause analysis at the desktop.

    Matrikon's ProcessGuard will continue to retrieve alarms from other existing ABB and third party control systems. The Industrial IT Enabled AlarmInsight allows customers to enhance their current ABB control system investment, allowing them to realize improved operational reliability and plant safety in a sustainable way.

    "Matrikon's AlarmInsight for System 800xA, along with System 800xA's outstanding alarm management features, provides our customers with the most complete alarm management solution available today," said Roy Tanner, Marketing Manager, ABB. "We look forward to continuing to partner with Matrikon to deliver the value added solutions required for a best of breed alarm management program that will ultimately help our customers see appreciable improvements in their overall plant operations."

    Industrial IT Enabled products set the standard for productivity and ensure compliance with System 800xA's automation and information architecture. Industrial IT Enabled certification verifies plug and produce integration of value added 3rd party software and hardware with Extended Automation System 800xA. In addition to Matrikon's AlarmInsight, certified integrations for SAP, IFS and MRO maintenance systems, Intergraph SmartPlant Instrumentation, and others also enhance System 800xA's comprehensive plant management capabilities.

    System 800xA extends the scope of traditional control systems to include all automation functions in a single operations and engineering environment so that plants/mills can run smarter and better at substantial cost savings. Its reach extends well beyond the realm of essential process control to production management, safety, smart instrumentation, smart drives and motor control, information management, asset optimization, simulation, and documentation. System 800xA's unique engineering environment manages one set of consistent data, for single-point entry, single-point change, and re-use across the plant. Control Engineering magazine selected System 800xA Extended Automation to receive an Editors' Choice Award as one of the best products introduced in 2004.

    ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 108,000 people.

    About Matrikon Inc.
    Matrikon Inc. is a leading provider of integrated industrial intelligence solutions that empower industrial facilities to produce their goods more efficiently and enable optimized performance, improved reliability and regulatory compliance.

    Matrikon is one of the largest industrial solution integrators in North America with offices in major cities across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.
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