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Wonderware Introduces DA Server, A New Device Integration Software Product Family

ABCIP Is First In Series of Data Access Servers for Rockwell/Allen-Bradley PLCs

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Aug. 29, 2002 -- Wonderware, an operating unit of Invensys plc, has launched a next-generation device integration software product family called DAServer. The first product in the DAServer (DAS) family is the Allen-Bradley Control Information Protocol (ABCIP) data access server.

Unique to each DAServer is its data access server control client. The DAS control client's end-user benefits include lower project engineering and maintenance costs through simple remote server configuration, operation and extensive protocol diagnostics.

The new Wonderware ABCIP DAServer is designed to provide connectivity between a variety of modern DDE, SuiteLink or OPC-based client application running under Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000/XP and the current family of Ethernet-enabled Rockwell/Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 555x PLCs. The Wonderware ABCIP DAServer does not require use of Rockwell/Allen-Bradley's RSLinx, and provides direct access to ControlLogix 555x native tags.

"The first product in the DAS family showcases the added ease-of-use features of the DAServer's ActiveX-based control client along with the superior technical functionality provided by the use of Wonderware's new DAS toolkit," said Tom Muth, FactorySuite product marketing manager. "It also demonstrates the commitment of Wonderware and Invensys to provide its customers with connectivity software solutions that significantly reduce the need for PLC hardware and vendor-supplied middleware."

Future enhanced versions of the ABCIP DAServer product will be released in several phases over the next 12 months, with each subsequent phase providing additional hardware and sub-network protocol support, as well as additional features and benefits. The current release v1.0.0 of ABCIP DAServer provides control information protocol over Ethernet connectivity to Rockwell/Allen-Bradley's ControlLogix 555x PLCs without the use of PLC-5 emulation mode, or native mode. Subsequent releases will support bridging
through the ControlLogix Gateway using ControlNet, DeviceNet, Data Highway Plus and other supported sub-network protocols. Support for additional Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley hardware will be offered in these later stages.

The server can operate in either stand-alone mode with any existing
FactorySuite 2000 v7.11 client component or with future Invensys(TM) ArchestrA(TM) offerings through the use of device integration
objects. Device integration objects used in conjunction with ABCIP
DAServer will be generated by use of an upcoming device integration toolkit.

Subscribers to Wonderware's comprehensive support service can access this product now at
www.wonderware.com/support/mmi/esupport/downloads/esdownload.asp.

About Wonderware
Wonderware is an operating unit of the Production Management Division (PMD) of Invensys plc and is the world's leading supplier of industrial automation software. Founded in 1987, the company pioneered the use of Microsoft Windows-based, human machine-interface (HMI) automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Wonderware's mission is to provide integrated software suites that drive the customer's strategic, planning and operational decision-making based on real-time plant floor information.

Based in Lake Forest, Calif., Wonderware has 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 completed more than 180,000 successful installations in more than 30,000 plants worldwide. For more information, visit the Wonderware Web site at www.wonderware.com.

About Invensys
Invensys plc is a global leader in production technology and energy
management. The group helps customers improve their performance and
profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep
understanding of their industries and applications.

Invensys' Production Management businesses work closely with customers in order to drive up performance of their production assets, maximize their return on investments in production technologies and remove cost and cash from their whole supply chain.
The division includes Foxboro, Wonderware, Triconex, APV, Eurotherm and Baan. These businesses address process and batch industries -- including the oil, gas and chemicals, food, beverage and personal health care -- and the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Invensys' Energy Management businesses work with clients involved in the supply, measurement and consumption of energy and water, to reduce costs and waste and improve the efficiency, reliability and security of power supply. The division includes energy management solutions, appliance controls, climate controls, global services, metering systems, Powerware and home control systems. These businesses focus on markets connected with power and energy infrastructure for industrial, commercial and residential buildings.

The company also serves the specialized rail, wind-power and electronic manufacturing (power components) markets through Invensys Rail Systems, Hansen Transmissions and Lambda, respectively, in its development division.

Invensys operates in more than 80 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.

Contact:

Kari Garcia - for Wonderware
Comm Strategies
(949) 753-9292, ext. 244
[email protected]

Invensys, Wonderware and ArchestrA are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. All other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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