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July 11, 2001 Wonderware, a unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) group of British-based Invensys plc, has announced its new ArchestrA™ framework, for use in developing standardized and interoperable applications for management of continuous processes, discrete manufacturing and batch processing operations – and providing linkage from these plant floors operations to enterprise computing applications for optimal management of producer companies.providing new levels of “Eease of Uuse, Sscaleability, Pproject Pproductivity, and Eextensibility, for products and solutions built on it.


Wonderware will roll out in 2002 the first new and existingenhanced components to it’s FactorySuite to leverageing the power of this framework,and bringing launching another significant phase in FactorySuite’s evolution in the Iindustrial Aautomation Smarket space. Wonderware has spent the past five years developing this powerful framework and operating environment for creation of industrial applicationsArchestrA was unveiled at the formal opening of the Wonderware Showcase, a global user group meeting, technology conference and product exposition held June 26-28 at The Venetian Hotel/Resort/Casino in Las Vegas.


“We long ago recognised the need to enable different application components to run seamlessly on top of a common infrastructure so that application developers can concentrate on making the best use of their domain expertise, rather than consuming redundant time and effort on the ‘plumbing’ underlying the application,” said Joe Cowan, Wonderware president. “ArchestrA is the result of this intense development effort. Named as a combination of the words architecture and orchestra, this new operating framework is a common set of infrastructure services rather than an off-the-shelf product.
“This new operating environment, which runs on top of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its associated enabling software, consists of the primary functional services that are needed to build any product for an industrial automation application,” Cowan continued. “It’s intended to abstract users from the complexities of the underlying technologies so that they only need assembly or configuration skills, not sophisticated programming skills, for developing automation applications. Users can now concentrate instead on satisfying their industry’s domain requirements, with which they’re already familiar. By using our plant-centric, Component Architecture Model for their system design, they also can now reuse engineering from project to project, often using as much as 70% of the engineering developed for previous projects in their new projects.”


ArchestrA saves both control and process or production engineers from having to know the ins and outs of developing the core technologies common to virtually all automation applications. Its new design and development environment offers the ability to handle event-based processing, scripting and calculation. It provides standardised ways to manage alarms and events, data historization and, in parallel with Windows, security management. It enables integration with and data acquisition from all types of field control and sensor devices and it uses inter-object communications and name service management to simplify tasks. It automatically provides version management and control capabilities as well as centralised license management and deployment, and centralised system diagnostics and administration.


“One of the important features of ArchestrA is that it provides mechanisms for easier internationalisation of applications via a common base for localisation in multiple languages, which can be critical to today’s global corporations,” Cowan said.
“Taken together, the new features of ArchestrA allow companies in all industries to stay competitive in an Internet time warp, in which product life cycles are growing ever shorter and end user customers are demanding custom products that can be brought to market more quickly,” he added. “This framework will allow application developers to shorten their product development cycles, manage continuous improvements throughout a project’s life cycle, and truly make products evolutionary over a lifetime, rather than revolutionary and with discontinuous enhancements.”


ArchestrA will be rolled out to Wonderware OEMs, value-added resellers, system integrators and end user customers through the remainder of calendar 2001. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at: http://www.wonderware.com


About Wonderware


Wonderware, 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 company’s web site at http://www.wonderware.com.


About Invensys


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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