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InTouch® v8.0 graphical human-machine interface software provides security and alarming capabilities and offers over 800 graphic symbol controls. It provides visualization for plant-centric, operator-centric manufacturing information systems. When using FactorySuite A² Industrial Application Server, it can leverage server's security model, component architecture, application logic, scalability, diagnostics and networked namespace.




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Wonderware Releases Version 8.0 of InTouch(R) HMI Software



Invensys' New Product Delivers Enhanced Security Configuration and Integrated Support for ArchestrA(TM) Architecture

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Jan. 27, 2003 -- Wonderware, an operating unit of Invensys plc, today announced version 8.0 of its InTouch(R) graphical human-machine interface (HMI) product for industrial automation, process control and supervisory monitoring.

InTouch 8.0 software is part of the FactorySuite A2(TM) (squared) product series, which provides factory automation solutions based on the Invensys ArchestrA(TM) software architecture. The "A2" signifies the ArchestrA product family.

The InTouch 8.0 HMI provides users with several new security and alarming capabilities for industrial applications and has been designed to tightly integrate with Wonderware's new Industrial Application Server, also released this month.

"Version 8.0 of the InTouch HMI brings together several new time-saving capabilities that industrial applications require, and builds upon Invensys' ArchestrA architecture," said Renee Robinson, product marketing manager for Wonderware's visualization products.

InTouch 8.0 software also achieved the "Designed for Windows(R) XP" logo certification from Microsoft, which assures customers that it meets the requirements specified by Microsoft for logo certification and that the application will have full functionality on an XP system.

"In keeping with Wonderware's legacy of offering leading-edge technology, we continue to provide our customers with software to support the latest Microsoft(R) operating system as quickly as possible," Robinson said. "Wonderware was the first company to pioneer the use of the Windows platform in industrial automation in 1989, and our strategy has always been to keep pace with Microsoft technology."

The release of InTouch 8.0 software is a significant announcement in support of the ArchestrA framework. It supports and leverages the new FactorySuite A2 Industrial Application Server for use with distributed HMI, SCADA or centralized manufacturing information management applications. When using the Industrial Application Sever, the InTouch 8.0 HMI can leverage the Industrial Application Server's security model, component architecture, application logic, scalability, diagnostics and networked namespace. In addition, the Industrial Application Server protects and extends previous InTouch engineering investments with the capability to re-use scripts, tags and communications from existing InTouch applications, providing for powerful co-existence and easy migration.

"InTouch 8.0 software's support for the new FactorySuite A2 Industrial Application Server allows Wonderware customers to take advantage of the latest application development capabilities, while preserving their existing engineering efforts," Robinson said. "Current InTouch customers can easily migrate their applications while maintaining a familiar, easy-to-use HMI development environment."

Some of the new capabilities include the following:

o Security authentication that is easy to configure and maintain, facilitating user compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 requirements
o New alarm control for querying and sorting alarms
o More than 800 new graphic symbol controls designed to simplify screen design and increase performance

InTouch software provides visualization for a plant-centric, operator-centric manufacturing information system, where information is shared within and between plants. The InTouch HMI is in use in more than 180,000 installations around the world, in a variety of vertical markets, including food processing, oil and gas, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, transportation and utilities.

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 operating system in human machine-interface (HMI) automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Its mission is to power intelligent plant decisions in real time.

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.

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