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August 21, 2001 – Wonderware Corporation, an operating unit of British-based Invensys plc., has launched its Collaborative Asset Optimisation (cAO) solution, which integrates new software and service offerings to manufacturing enterprise applications from the plant floor to the boardroom. The new asset management initiative is designed specifically to help enterprises leverage production operations and optimise supply chain linkages to both suppliers and customers.


“Asset management systems can play a key role in supporting the supply chain because enterprises today need to integrate every facet of their operations to facilitate business decision-making,” said Carl Henning, senior vice president and general manager of Wonderware’s Avantis Operations. “Knowledge of what’s happening on the plant floor is crucial to this process and cAO is the means by which the plant floor data is transformed into actionable business information that can be disseminated to anywhere it’s required.”


The cAO solution consists of three key functionalities:


· Real Time Asset Optimisation, which provides an understanding of what’s happening on the plant floor, using condition monitoring and asset health analysis to decrease unplanned downtime by enabling management to predict an asset’s probability of failure, potential time to failure and probable failure mode


· Enterprise Integration Suite, which uses XML-based technology to easily integrate plant and enterprise systems and ensure that information flows to where it’s needed across the enterprise


· Rapid Implementation Methodology (RIM), which is a methodology for deploying Wonderware’s Avantis solution to ensure rapid return on investment. RIM can help enterprises get the most out of their Avantis asset management solution through the use of predefined templates
cAO will link asset health information with the Avantis asset management system and Wonderware FactorySuites InTouch human-machine interface (HMI) software, permitting work activities to now be based on actual asset condition so that actions can be taken in advance of any failures. The same asset health information is readily available to both operations and maintenance personnel so that maintenance services can be better scheduled to minimize or avoid production downtime.


“Wonderware’s leadership in the asset management market is evident with its cAO initiative,” noted Houghton Leroy, director of consulting services at industry consultants ARC Advisory Group. “Enterprises are striving to reduce costs and get the most out of their assets. With the advent of the cAO solution, enterprises are now in a position to lower their costs of operations and maintenance, improve uptime and optimise asset efficiency.”


Wonderware’s new cAO software and services solution is available now. It will be formally launched at the Wonderware Showcase & Expo to be held at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, June 25-28, 2001.


For more information on Avantis and Wonderware products and services, or for detailed information on attending the Wonderware Showcase in Las Vegas, visit the Wonderware 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. In the UK, Wonderware’s products are distributed by Pantek, E-mail: info@pantek.co.uk Tel: 0800 015 2169. Wonderware has more than 180,000 successful software installations in more than 30,000 plants worldwide.


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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