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SimSci-Esscor Announces Next Generation On-line Process Modeling and Optimization Solution

July 052005
LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA, USA - July 5, 2005 - The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys Process Systems today announced the release of version 4.0 of the ROMeo plant modeling and optimization software solution for use in refineries, petrochemical plants, and other process facilities.

With version 4.0, the ROMeo software is now integrated within SimSci-Esscor's SIM4ME common modeling environment. This environment provides a consistent user interface, common data model, consistent thermodynamics, and common software modules across different simulation applications to increase productivity while minimizing training requirements.

Utilizing patented technology, version 4.0 of the ROMeo software enables users to employ a focused strategy of data re-use across the full range of simulation applications -- from steady state process design to dynamic simulation and optimization. This includes the ability to open a PRO/II process model from within the ROMeo application, allowing users to take existing off-line models on-line for performance monitoring and optimization while retaining equity in previously developed models.

Commenting on this capability, Tom Fiske, Senior Analyst at ARC Advisory Group, stated, "Effective use of modeling and optimization solutions offers manufacturers a powerful means to improve the economic performance of their plants. In addition to optimizing their physical processes, companies also need to optimize their workflow and maximize their modeling efforts by reusing data to ensure that decisions made during different lifecycle phases and with different modeling tools are based on a consistent representation of their plant."

The version 4.0 release also features a true modular "sub-flowsheet" capability that simplifies collaboration. This capability allows ROMeo software users to build models in a modular and hierarchical manner. Users can manage multiple independent models as sub-flowsheets or import one flowsheet into another. Utilizing sub-flowsheets, modeling teams can work independently on small sections of a flowsheet for model development or troubleshooting purposes within independent workspaces.

Other capabilities include a new reciprocating compressor model, new column pressure drop calculation models for various tray configurations, a new case comparison utility that enables side-by-side comparisons, and other productivity enhancing features.

"The ROMeo solution allows users to analyze their plant's behavior and optimize performance based on a wide range of operational and economic conditions," said Alastair Fraser, vice president of Invensys Process Systems' SimSci-Esscor unit. "With the version 4.0 release, we can provide process plants with a powerful solution that is easy to maintain and provides a seamless transition from our offline to online modeling environments."

About SimSci-Esscor
For more than 35 years, SimSci-Esscor (www.simsci-esscor.com) has been a leader in the development and deployment of industrial process simulation software and systems for a variety of process industries. Our products enable clients to minimize capital requirements, optimize facility performance, and maximize return on investment in production assets.

About Invensys Process Systems
Invensys Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimization of industrial process plants. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions group, Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world's largest refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys Group (www.invensys.com) is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. With 35,000 employees operating in 60 countries, Invensys helps customers to improve their performance and profitability, building value for end users and shareholders alike.

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