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Wonderware's ActiveFactory 8.0 Clients Give Operational Decision-Makers Industrial Intelligence

Managers, Engineers and Operators Benefit from Better Information Access

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Oct. 16, 2002 -- Wonderware, an operating unit of Invensys plc, today introduced version 8.0 of its ActiveFactory(TM) suite of analysis clients, which gives managers, engineers and operators easy access to plant information in Wonderware's IndustrialSQL Server(TM) historian.

ActiveFactory software is an integral part of Wonderware's "Visualize, Analyze, Optimize" strategy, which offers customers industrial intelligence. It is designed to assist users to visualize improvements in operational effectiveness and efficiency, analyze the best means to achieve their objectives and optimize existing investments in software and equipment.

ActiveFactory clients combine process analysis, predefined trend charts and reporting into a single, integrated package so that plant engineers can more easily troubleshoot operations based on detailed, accurate information. The ActiveFactory software adds support for geographically dispersed clients and controlled corrections to historical data. In addition, the ActiveFactory software's advanced features can be hidden, giving users targeted access to desired information.

The new ActiveFactory reporting Web site makes it easier to cost-effectively deliver valuable information to large audiences. The reporting Web site operates in either a stand-alone Web site mode or as an integral part of Wonderware's SuiteVoyager(TM) industrial Web portal.

"The response to the reporting Web site has been tremendous," said ActiveFactory product manager Elliott Middleton. "Customers are excited about broadening access to process history without having to invest in costly Web development."

The reporting tools extend Microsoft's Excel and Word productivity tools to simplify access to industrial information.

"Rather than making users learn a proprietary way to create reports, we enable them to use the software they already know," Middleton said. "We simply extend the software, making it easier for users to access both historical and live data from Wonderware's IndustrialSQL Server historian."

The ActiveFactory 8.0 product also supports Invensys' new ArchestrA(TM) technology platform, a comprehensive plant automation and information architecture designed from the outset to extend the life of legacy systems. By leveraging the latest software technologies, the ArchestrA architecture enables every system in a plant to work in concert.

"With more than 75,000 copies sold, ActiveFactory software is helping numerous companies make significant improvements in their operations," Middleton said.

The ActiveFactory 8.0 product is now shipping and is available through Wonderware distributors worldwide. For more information, please visit www.wonderware.com

About Wonderware
Wonderware is an operating unit of the production management division of Invensys plc and is the world's leading supplier of industrial automation software. Founded in 1987, Wonderware pioneered the use of the Microsoft Windows(R) operating system in human machine-interface (HMI) automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Its 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 to improve performance and profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of industries and applications.

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

Invensys Energy Management works 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.

Invensys, Wonderware, ActiveFactory, IndustrialSQL Server, SuiteVoyager 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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