Software facilitates proactive plant maintenance.

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Able to collect and aggregate real-time data from plant floor systems, Avantis condition monitoring (CM) software analyzes data to aid in preventive and predictive maintenance activity while also tracking maintenance activity associated with particular assets. Configuration tool, analytic engine, and workflow management capabilities enable plant personnel to work collaboratively and improve asset reliability.

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Enhanced Avantis Condition Monitoring Solution from Invensys Facilitates Real-Time, Proactive Maintenance

New advanced analytics provide effective early warning system for plant maintenance and operations

CHICAGO, IL, USA (National Manufacturing Week) - March 7, 2005 - The Avantis unit of Invensys Process Systems today introduced enhanced condition monitoring (CM) software that further empowers plant operations and maintenance personnel to work collaboratively and improve asset reliability. The enhanced Avantis condition monitoring solution not only collects and aggregates real-time data from plant floor systems, but also provides sophisticated analysis of that data to drive preventive and predictive maintenance activity.

"Traditional predictive and condition monitoring systems collect real-time data, but leave it to the end user to interpret and act on underlying trends and cryptic diagnostics. Our latest Avantis condition monitoring solution provides an intuitive configuration tool, matched with a powerful analytic engine, expert system capabilities, and workflow management. The end result is an intelligent work package, containing all pertinent information to safely execute the required maintenance activity," said Neil Cooper, general manager of the Avantis unit of Invensys Process Systems.

Based on Microsoft.NET software technology, the CM software leverages data from industry-leading plant historians, modeling engines and field device monitoring solutions. It is also built for compliance with OPC Foundation standards, which simplifies integration with other advanced monitoring technology.

The enhanced CM solution improves asset management by providing an early warning system that allows organizations to move beyond simple calendar based maintenance, into a proactive, asset-performance based maintenance environment. Consequently, the deployment of maintenance resources and material requirements can be planned in a more efficient and cost effective manner.

The solution also empowers operators by providing the ability to track maintenance activity associated with an asset, without leaving the operational environment. The operator could, for example, view in real time how effectively equipment is performing in relation to expected or ideal conditions and trigger immediate corrective action as required.

Real-Time Condition Monitoring is a cornerstone of the Invensys plant asset management solution. The solution combines best of breed enterprise asset management (EAM) software from Avantis with the automation expertise of Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor and Wonderware.

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About Avantis

For more than 20 years, customers throughout the world have relied on Avantis enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions to improve resource productivity by driving down operating costs, minimizing the risk of unplanned downtime and maximizing financial return on capital assets. Avantis is part of the Invensys Process Systems group.

About Invensys Process Systems

Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimization of industrial process plants. Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world's largest refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, pulp and paper mills, and mineral processing plants.

The Invensys Group ( is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. With 35,000 employees operating in 60 countries, Invensys helps customers to improve their performance and profitability, building value for end users and shareholders alike.

Avantis, Foxboro, I/A Series, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex, and Wonderware are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries, or affiliates. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

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