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Wonderware Announces New Enterprise Application Integration Using ArchestrA Technology & ISA S95 XML Standards

October 102004
Wonderware to Provide Integrated Solution to Nutramax Manufacturing, Inc


LAKE FOREST, Calif., Oct. 8, 2004 -- Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems, Inc., today announced the release of new enterprise application integration capabilities leveraging the ISA S95 XML standard. The new offering for advanced manufacturing applications combines ISA S95 XML with the open ArchestrA plant automation and information software architecture.

Wonderware is providing its new application to Nutramax Manufacturing, Inc., a Maryland-based maker of nutritional supplement products.

The new enterprise application integration offering was developed in response to growing customer demand for greatly simplified approaches to linking diverse sets of manufacturing systems and business applications to achieve greater levels of business productivity. To date, Wonderware has been working with multiple customers on projects that use these latest approaches in combination with SAP R3, Microsoft Business Solutions­Navision and other enterprise applications. The goal of this Wonderware offering is to simplify the integration effort of the installed plant or business system, lower the implementation and support costs and enable faster manufacturing agility as customer business needs evolve.

“Historically, factory floor-to-business systems integration has been solved by customized integration specifically addressing the business needs as they occur,” said Kevin Tock, vice president of advanced applications and alliances at Invensys. “As business needs change, these interfaces have been very difficult to change or maintain due to their custom nature. The basis for this new advanced applications capability is the new S95.01/02 standard which provides a standard terminology and a consistent set of concepts and models for enterprise integration, along with Wonderware FactorySuite A² software which utilizes open ArchestrA software technology to rapidly integrate and model disparate plant information.

“For users, this open standards approach can assist in better identification of needs, automating manufacturing processes and reduced re-engineering efforts across the business lifecycle.”

Following in its tradition of providing robust, market-accepted technologies and industry standards, Wonderware can now provide an advanced manufacturing-to-business integration offering that takes the complexity out of creating and maintaining these integrations. Wonderware’s S95 XML Enterprise Application Integration offering capabilities include:
* Enterprise application integration between a wide range of existing manufacturing/plant systems
* Multi-site integration
* Transactional integration between manufacturing/plant systems and other supply chain applications
* Integration with existing messaging and middleware investments

Several implementations are currently underway at various North American and European pharmaceutical companies, including Nutramax Manufacturing, Inc. Nutramax Manufacturing, Inc. is striving for a completely paperless manufacturing operation to support its anticipated growth. In an effort to modernize and improve business operations, Nutramax Manufacturing, Inc. intends to automate its processes while continuing to follow FDA regulations for manufacturing practices. The operational benefits expected in the automation of the manufacturing and business processes are:
* Quantifying and reducing raw material waste
* Improved inventory use
* Inventory control of production materials
* Forecasting inventory requirements
* Improved efficiencies in the in-line manufacturing and packaging stages of product production

Nutramax Manufacturing, Inc. required a completely integrated solution for its overall manufacturing operations covering planning and scheduling, purchasing, receiving, warehousing, inventory management, quality assurance, as well as automation of the sifting, weighing and blending operation. The company also required the solution to be implemented and operational by the end of 2004. To deliver this integrated supply chain solution in the required four-month period, InSource Solution, Nutramax’s local Wonderware value added reseller put together the team of Wonderware and Aston Business Solutions, a Microsoft business solutions partner, to deliver a solution combining Wonderware’s InBatch software, Industrial Application Server, S95 XML Enterprise Application Integration offering and Microsoft Business Solutions­Navision ERP solution. The combination of Wonderware and Microsoft products in this solution demonstrates the power of the Invensys/Microsoft alliance to deliver comprehensive real-time enterprise solutions that span across manufacturing to business systems.

“We considered other solutions, but the combined Wonderware and Microsoft solution appeared to be the lowest risk and best option to fit our needs,” said Pete Patras, Vice President of Nutramax Manufacturing, Inc. “In addition, Nutramax Manufacturing, Inc. was very impressed with the collaboration and teamwork between the Wonderware and Aston organizations during the sales process. This experience gave us the confidence that this team and their respective products would deliver a quality solution in the timeframe required.”

The design philosophy of Wonderware’s Enterprise Application Integration offering leverages several technologies: the standards defined by ISA 95 Part 1,2 for manufacturing to enterprise integration; WBF (World Batch Forum) B2MML standards for document and messaging exchange; Invensys’ innovative ArchestrA software architecture for integrating virtually any plant system; Microsoft’s .NET XML platform and BizTalk Server 2004 technology; OPC for real-time data connectivity; and SQL/OLE DB support for open database integration. Using this powerful framework, Wonderware’s new advanced applications integration offering removes complexity by providing:
* Powerful multiple application workflow orchestration and transformation mapping
* Built-in event handling and integration of events to real-time manufacturing systems
* Scalability from small pilot phases to multi-site implementations
* Ability to configure workflows in a non-programmatic environment
* Security between non-trusted environments
* Robustness -- guaranteed message delivery through high-availability architectural options.
* Ability to build standards and reusable “rules,” “transformations” and “workflows” which can be deployed across multiple sites in organizations
* Based on the S95 standard but fully extendable
* Seamless integration with Wonderware’s FactorySuite A² applications and other integrated manufacturing/plant systems
* Library of pre-built integration templates including production schedule downloads from ERP systems, production performance uploads to ERP systems from manufacturing systems and plant/equipment condition-based monitoring integration with maintenance system applications

About InSource
InSource Solutions enables manufacturing businesses to achieve productivity and continuous improvement initiatives through professional services, and software and hardware solutions. InSource offers insight, expertise and implementation experience, empowering manufacturing environments with the most flexible, scalable mix of services and solutions to fit their unique requirements. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., InSource has regional offices and education centers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Charlotte, Little Rock, Memphis, Mobile, Nashville and Tampa. Please visit www.insourcess.com for more information.

About 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 Windows operating system in HMI automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Wonderware software powers intelligent plant decisions in real time. The hallmark of the ArchestrA architecture is: “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 the North American, European, Latin American and Asia-Pacific regions 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.archestra.biz.

About Invensys
Invensys is a global automation, controls and process solutions group. Products, services, expertise and ongoing support enable intelligent systems to monitor and control processes in many different environments. The businesses within Invensys help customers in a variety of industries perform with greater efficiency, safety and cost-effectiveness. Industry areas of focus include hydrocarbons, chemicals, oil and gas, power and utilities, rail, telecommunications, paper, food and beverage, dairy, pharmaceuticals and personal care.
Process Systems provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimization of plant operation in the process industries. Featuring industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor and Wonderware, Process Systems occupies a top-tier position in the DCS, safety, simulation and HMI markets. Products are installed in more than 150,000 plants worldwide. Serving process and batch industries, including hydrocarbons, chemicals, power and utilities and metals and mining, and also the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors, Process Systems is at the forefront of technological innovation, with new award-winning products and technologies such as the ArchestrA architecture, Digital Coriolis flow meters and DolpHin pH sensors.

Also within the Invensys Group, APV specializes in process equipment engineered into systems and asset services for food, beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical and chemical clients. Eurotherm is a leading supplier of control and measurement instrumentation solutions and services to industrial and process customers. Rail Systems is a multinational leader in the design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of safety-related rail signaling and control systems. Climate Controls is a major provider of the components, systems and services used globally to make commercial and residential environments safer, more comfortable and more efficient. Appliance Controls has the broadest system and component offering for the appliance industry worldwide.

The Invensys Group is headquartered in the U.K. and listed on the London Stock Exchange. With 39,000 employees operating in 60 countries, Invensys helps customers to improve their performance and profitability, building value for end users and shareholders alike. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.

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