June 20th, 2001 – Wonderware, an operating unit of British-based Invensys plc., has signed a third-party licensing agreement with CimQuest, Inc., under which the company will market CimQuest’s INGEAR OPC Data Access servers for interfacing WonderwareÒ FactorySuiteÒ automation applications to programmable logic controllers (PLCs) made by Allen-Bradley, Omron, GE Fanuc and Modicon.
Wonderware has released the INGEAR OPC Data Access Server for use with Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLCs, along with those for Omron and GE, and the remaining INGEAR OPC DA Server for Modicon is nearly ready for market. This third-party approach will provide immediate support for Wonderware customers who wish to use the OLE for Process Control (OPC) interface while Wonderware prepares its own line of OPC servers for delivery by year-end, according to Carl Hoffman, Wonderware product business manager for device integration.
“This is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both companies because it extends our already extensive connectivity options to include data access servers and it gives CimQuest a powerful sales channel through which to sell its interface products,” Hoffman said. “Wonderware presently offers more than 750 different I/O server devices for connecting to plant floor devices and PLCs. Adding the option to use the INGEAR OPC DA Servers from CimQuest provides support to our customers for several key interfacing functions provided by Allen-Bradley in their RSLinx connectivity – but it eliminates the need for the expensive RSLinx module while still providing support for legacy Allen-Bradley PLCs, their Logix family of open controllers and their microPLCs.”
“This new relationship between our two companies provides a much lower cost way to interface FactorySuite applications to Allen-Bradley and other devices while providing the high level functionality users need,” said Chuck Karwoski, president of the INGEAR software division of CimQuest. “In this joint program between Wonderware and CimQuest, FactorySuite customers get the INGEAR Data Access OPC Servers for Allen-Bradley that provide the same depth and breadth of OPC connectivity as RSLinx – plus higher performance and better ease of use than RSLinx with smoother import of tagnames into InTouch human-machine interface (HMI) applications.”
Wonderware distributors worldwide are now able to access the INGEAR OPC DA Servers from Wonderware’s Internet site or from the company’s FS Partners CD-ROM, which is included in the company’s Comprehensive Support CD set.
About CimQuest, Inc.
CimQuest, Inc., based in Phoenixville, Penna., is a leader in providing system integration and computer system validation services to Fortune 100 companies in the FDA regulated industries. INGEAR is the software products division of the CimQuest group of companies and is dedicated to providing reliable PLC communication tools for programmers and HMI users. CimQuest introduced the industries first PLC VBX control 1993 and offers a full line of ActiveX products. Its latest industry first is a line of OPC Servers for the Windows CE operating system. For more information on CimQuest or INGEAR products and services, visit the CimQuest web site at: http://www.cimquest.com.
Wonderware Corporation, an independent operating unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) Division of Invensys plc., 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. Today, 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.
Recent corporate and product acquisitions have broadened Wonderware's market coverage to range from “sensor to supply chain.” In addition to its HMI and manufacturing execution systems (MES) products, Wonderware offers leading enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions as well as strategic consulting services.
Wonderware is based in Irvine, Calif., and has regional sales and development offices throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia to provide support to its network of more than 160 independent distributor offices. Wonderware has more than 180,000 successful software installations in more than 30,000 plants worldwide. For more information, visit the Wonderware home page at: http://www.wonderware.com.
Invensys plc is a global leader in the automation and controls industry. With its head office in London, England it operates in all regions of the world through four focused divisions - software systems, automation systems, power systems and control systems. With more than 90,000 employees, the company's products and services range from advanced control systems and networks for automating industrial plants and controlling the environments of buildings, to electronic devices and controls found in residential buildings and light commercial applications, plus complete power systems for the telecommunications and information technology industries. For more information, visit the Invensys home page at http://www.invensys.com.
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