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IPS to supply Arkema Rotterdam with Mobile Operator Wireless Solution

September 2, 2008 - Invensys Process Systems has been selected by The Arkema Group, a leading multi-national chemical manufacturer, to provide a wireless hand-held solution for hazardous industrial areas. IPS services and technology will enable Arkema's field operations teams to keep in touch with process alarms and plant conditions, resulting in enhanced plant safety, better utilization of manpower and increased productivity.

"Establishing this relationship with Arkema reinforces our commitment to providing the exceptional service, technology and knowledge our clients need to address their unique industrial challenges," said Victor Lough, Technical Sales Consultant EMEA, IPS. "We are pleased to be their trusted business partner, and we look forward to helping them make better, more informed business decisions for the long-term benefit of their customers and employees."

The IPS-developed wireless solution is designed to allow operators to keep in touch with process alarms and conditions while conducting their shift operations duties, work that previously could have been compromised due to labor constraints. Based on a PlantPulse study of the site conducted by IPS Global Consulting and the Arkema operations team, a delivery plan was developed encompassing radio frequency coverage, access point location, network bandwidth and technology selection with a view to future strategic needs.

"Arkema strives for industrial and operational excellence," said Mike Spronkmans, manager of technical operations at the Rotterdam site. "These new IPS solutions, which are completely scalable, will improve our ability to respond now and in the future to operations issues and market developments without compromising our responsibility for the health and safety of our employees, our neighbors and the environment."

The solution not only allows mobile operators to view and acknowledge control room alarms from the field, but also enables the operator to exact a shut down from the hand-held device in case of an emergency. The wireless network also has a number of hot spots across the facility, providing operators with continuous access and allowing IPS to connect any network or device without detrimental effects.

The IPS solution doesn't benefit just operators. A new master alarm database has also been developed, which allows process engineers to share their knowledge on why the alarm was set, how long the operator has to respond and what corrective action is required when the alarm is acknowledged.

"Using the PDA's as part of the original control system migration and alarm management consultation should result in a visible change in our work process, thus increasing plant productivity significantly," said Spronkmans. "In addition, we can use the wireless network as the backbone for future enhancements to safety, such as additional process screens outside the control room and wireless video cameras in the dispatch area."

About IPS (Invensys Process Systems)
Invensys Process Systems (IPS), headquartered in Plano, Texas, is a global technology, software and consulting firm leading significant change in process manufacturing, plant optimization, business operations and enterprise performance. IPS clients are some of the world's most important industrial organizations -- companies that operate large oil refineries; plants that process chemicals, gas, LNG, power, pharmaceutical and minerals; and pulp and paper mills. IPS solutions, used at over 50,000 locations across the globe, include field devices and controls from Foxboro and Triconex, advanced applications from SimSci-Esscor, operations management from Avantis, and the world's first truly open enterprise control system, InFusion.

The company's nearly 7,000 employees integrate these capabilities to create solutions that impact and increase efficiency, boost productivity, and accelerate performance. These results help industrial companies run safer, operate more efficiently, and extract useful knowledge from their operations to make faster, better decisions.

The Invensys Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISYS.L), with approximately 25,000 employees working in 60 countries.

About Arkema
A global chemical company and France's leading chemicals producer, Arkema consists of three strategically related businesses: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products. Arkema reported sales of 5.7 billion euros in 2007. Arkema has 15,200 employees in over 40 countries and six research centres located in France, the United States and Japan. With internationally recognised brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.
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