MES Software targets semiconductor manufacturers.

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Incorporating @PROMIS web GUI, PROMIS® v5.8 Manufacturing Execution System (MES) helps enforce quality controls in production of precision products, and also allows choice of equipment-centric or lot-centric selection. It provides mechanism to update all relevant specifications for lot without opening up opportunity for error in part/step selection, while RTI protocol enables use of external rules and applications to influence tracking behavior without customizing PROMIS code.

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Brooks Software Announces Release of PROMIS® 5.8 Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

New Version Provides Significant Integration Options and Functional Enhancements CHELMSFORD, Mass., Nov. 14 / -- Brooks Software, a division of Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS), and a leading provider of real-time applications for discrete manufacturing environments, today announced PROMIS 5.8, an upgrade of its PROMIS MES that provides enhancements in the @PROMIS web GUI making it easier to increase productivity and enforce stringent quality controls in the production of precision products. Existing customers using any of the three previous major version releases of PROMIS (5.5, 5.6, and 5.7) will be able to take advantage of all the new features with a single step upgrade. "Brooks Software continues to invest in PROMIS to deliver value to our growing and loyal customer base," said Joe Bellini, president and chief operating officer of Brooks Software. "With over 25 years of proven performance, PROMIS continues to deliver value to today's semiconductor manufacturers." PROMIS is a production-proven and reliable MES with rich, out-of-the-box functionality that has been installed in approximately 300 facilities worldwide. "Our development focus leverages that rich heritage by providing easy integration capability using established standards such as SOAP, and by allowing users to extend functionality without modifying PROMIS code," said Rick Smith, PROMIS Product Manager, and Brooks Software. "With PROMIS v5.8, we now support custom co-operative processing with only configuration data. The result is custom tracking rules with standard software that can be retained across upgrades." PROMIS v5.8 includes the following features: o @PROMIS - new GUI enhancements for performing functions in Task Management, a powerful yet low-cost equipment maintenance module. The GUI also allows the choice of Equipment-centric or Lot-centric selection, providing improved fab equipment utilization. o Refresh - provides a simple, safe mechanism to update all relevant specifications for a lot, without opening up opportunity for error in part/step selection -- significantly reducing the chance of mis-processing. o Real-Time Integrator (RTI) - the outbound API now supports web service calls over HTTP. Besides eliminating the need to purchase traditional middleware, this RTI protocol enables the use of external rules and applications to influence tracking behavior without customizing PROMIS code. o Process Modeling - now provides more flexibility to reduce the number of specifications, while allowing more accurate reflection of your real processing needs. About Brooks Software Brooks Software provides real-time applications that support enterprise- wide initiatives for greater efficiency and productivity in collaborative, complex manufacturing. Brooks' Sense Decide Respond(TM) manufacturing software solutions are the foundation for enterprise initiatives in manufacturing execution, closed loop automation, lean manufacturing and enterprise performance management. Brooks Software delivers competitive advantage to aerospace & defense, automotive, high tech, life sciences and semiconductor manufacturers worldwide. For more information, visit Contact: Jeff Nestel-Patt Director of Marketing Brooks Software (978) 262-4497 Source: Brooks Software Web site:

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