ICS Triplex ISaGRAF Collaborates with Beck IPC GmbH to Allow IPC@CHIP® Embedded Web-Controller Users to Take Advantage of ISaGRAF 5 and IEC 61499 Functionality

Montreal, Canada - April 2nd, 2007 - ICS Triplex ISaGRAF Inc., the leading automation software technology partner, announced today that its flagship product ISaGRAF is compatible with Beck IPC GmbH's popular IPC@CHIP® SC123/SC143 series of embedded web-controllers. Local I/O drivers are available, additional drivers can be developed upon request.

The ISaGRAF 5 automation software can also be used with the Beck DK61 IPC@CHIP® Development Kit and the DK60 Development Board, which are used for building applications based on the IPC@CHIP SC123/SC143.

With ISaGRAF 5, Beck IPC@CHIP® users have the option of using the IEC 61499 standard to easily create distributed control applications.

About IEC 61499

Developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), IEC 61499 presents guidelines for the use of function blocks to control and manage distributed industrial process, measurement and control systems. The IEC 61499 standard provides a number of significant benefits to distributed applications including:

o the regulation of the flow of control decisions for an interacting distributed control system

o providing for the consistency of data

o providing a means to ensure synchronous operation between devices

o eliminating the need to have separate synchronization schemes
easing the development and maintenance of robust control systems
IEC 61499 also has the ability to encapsulate automation functionality such that machine builders can create IEC 61499 function blocks for different components of the machine and only need to assemble them to achieve the desired operation. It provides the benefits of object-oriented programming in an environment accessible to automation engineers.

About ISaGRAF 5

ISaGRAF 5 is the world's first commercially-available IEC 61499 automation software. It offers unparalleled functionality and benefits by incorporating both the IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499 standards. Using ISaGRAF 5, any field device manufacturer has the ability to turn their equipment into an IEC 61499 product. For example, intelligent flow meters can act as a regulator and control a valve while being part of an integrated distributed control system.

This revolutionary automation software has won several prestigious awards, including the Control Engineering Editor's Choice Award, Mesures Magazine's technology award for innovative products, and the Leonard Grand Prize in Innovation award at the Automation Optimation tradeshow in Paris.

About Beck IPC@CHIP® Embedded Web-Controllers

The Beck IPC@CHIP® SC123/SC143 series of embedded web-controllers boasts features such as a 96 MHz CPU, 8 MB RAM, up to 8 MB Flash, 2 x Ethernet, 2 x CAN, USB, and preinstalled Beck RTOS. The Beck RTOS includes software functions such as: Security protocols (SSH, SSL, IPSec), Modbus TCP, Ethernet/IP, API for CAN controller, and API for elementary USB slave functions.

The DK61 Development Kit is a complete ready-to-use development system for building applications based on the IPC@CHIP SC123/SC143 Embedded Controllers and includes both hardware and software components required for a basic development. The Beck DK60 IPC@CHIP® Development Board features 2 x Ethernet, 4x RS-232, 2 x CAN, USB, CF and SD card connector.

About ICS Triplex ISaGRAF

ICS Triplex ISaGRAF, a privately-held company with offices in Canada, the U.S., and France, is the world's leading automation software partner. The company's flagship product ISaGRAF is fully compliant with both IEC 61499 and IEC 61131 industrial standards and can be used to build a variety of automation products including embedded controllers, DCS, PLC, RTU, CNC and motion controllers. ISaGRAF sustains a high level of standardization, integration and communication within modern automation systems, resulting in high-end, real-time open control systems with crash-proof reliability, powerful performance and flexibility.

ICS Triplex ISaGRAF is a subsidiary of UK-based ICS Triplex plc.

For more information on ICS Triplex ISaGRAF and its products, visit us at www.isagraf.com


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