Software utilizes ArchestrA(TM) architecture.

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FactorySuite A²(TM) Industrial Application Server provides real-time data acquisition, alarm and event management, data manipulation services and collaborative engineering capabilities. It simplifies development, deployment, maintenance, and administration of distributed automation applications. FactorySuite A² offers scalability, centralized security, plant-centric development environment, and peer-to-preer distributed, open architecture.



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Wonderware Introduces FactorySuite A2(TM) Family with Release of Industrial Application Server



Architecture by ArchestrA(TM) From Invensys Simplifies Development, Deployment, Maintenance and Administration of Industrial Applications

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Jan. 20, 2003 -- Wonderware, an operating unit of Invensys plc, today announced the launch and availability of the FactorySuite A2 (squared) (TM) integrated software product series, which will provide automation and information solutions based on Invensys' ArchestrA(TM) software architecture.

The FactorySuite(R) Industrial Application Server provides real-time data acquisition, alarm and event management, data manipulation services and collaborative engineering capabilities, which have been designed from the ground up for use across a broad range of industrial applications. Its primary benefits to industry include significantly reduced engineering time, lower cost of application ownership and maintenance, scalability, flexibility, and an extensible framework.

The "A2" signifies the use of the ArchestrA architecture and represents a significant evolution of the popular FactorySuite product family.

The Wonderware(R) Industrial Application Server is the first product from Invensys to completely utilize the ArchestrA architecture. The Industrial Application Server provides an infrastructure for simplifying the development, deployment, maintenance and administration of distributed automation applications.

The release of the Industrial Application Server is a significant milestone because it is the first software product that is built 100-percent on Invensys' ArchestrA plant automation and information architecture. The new Wonderware Industrial Application Server leverages ArchestrA's core technology, which extends Microsoft.NET application services to provide a new class of application server for the manufacturing and process industries.

"With the release of the Industrial Application Server, Wonderware enters a new era in engineering productivity for manufacturing information systems," said Mike Bradley, president of Invensys Wonderware. "Already, Industrial Application Server beta testers are very excited, with approximately 80 customers in industries such as oil and gas, food and beverage, utilities, and transportation who are gearing up for major expansions or retrofit projects. These customers anticipate significant engineering savings and improved productivity. In addition, the flexibility and scalability that the Industrial Application Server offers will enable lower commissioning and maintenance costs that could not have been accomplished without it."

As a FactorySuite A2 component, the Industrial Application Server is tightly integrated with the entire line of FactorySuite software tools which includes the following applications:

o InTouch(R) visualization software
o IndustrialSQL Server(TM) real-time plant historian
o ActiveFactory(TM) reporting and trend tools
o DT Analyst(TM) downtime analysis software
o QI Analyst(TM) SPC analysis software
o SuiteVoyager(TM) industrial portal
o InBatch(TM) flexible batch management software
o InTrack(TM) resource and work-in-process (WIP) tracking software
o Device integration tools via I/O Servers, DA Servers or OPC

The Industrial Application Server provides significant benefits to existing SCADA, HMI and supervisory systems.

"Customers who require distributed HMI or SCADA applications and are challenged with maintenance or expansion associated with large distributed applications can gain significant improvement in efficiency using Industrial Application Server," said Thomas Muth, FactorySuite product marketing manager. "With the product's scalability, centralized security, plant-centric development environment and peer-to-peer distributed, open architecture, we are able to combine previously inefficient plant information architectures into one cohesive, maintainable and expandable structure. In addition, InTouch users can easily leverage the Industrial Application Server through re-use of existing communications servers, scripts and InTouch visualization."

Many customers will benefit from the Industrial Application Server because they do not have to update or replace their supervisory applications to use it, but can simply add it as an information layer. Paired with Wonderware's IndustrialSQL Server historian, the Industrial Application Server is a powerful and efficient common event and calculation engine that can manage large, real-time manufacturing intelligence systems used for quality analysis, production and process reporting.

Wonderware's Industrial Application Server is ideal for discrete manufacturing, process plants, remote SCADA operations, utilities or any hybrid combination of these types of operations. It also offers distinct advantages for FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance projects and manufacturing information management systems.

For more information on the ArchestrA software architecture on which the Industrial Application Server is built, please contact Wonderware or order an ArchestrA CD-ROM by visiting www.invensys.com/archestra.

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(R) Windows(R) 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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