Invensys Participates in Open O&M Interoperability Demonstration at IMC Conference

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Invensys’ Process Systems and Wonderware business units, along with other major automation and IT companies such as Rockwell and SAP, are participating in an important demonstration of the Open O&M (Operations & Maintenance) initiative at the International Maintenance Conference (IMC) in Tampa, Florida, December 6-8, 2005. The IMC is a premier annual information-exchange event for maintenance, reliability, and operations professionals.

Invensys’ Process Systems and Wonderware business units, along with other major automation and IT companies such as Rockwell and SAP, are participating in an important demonstration of the Open O&M (Operations & Maintenance) initiative at the International Maintenance Conference (IMC) in Tampa, Florida, December 6-8, 2005. The IMC is a premier annual information-exchange event for maintenance, reliability, and operations professionals.

The Open O&M initiative is an effort by multiple standards organizations (including MIMOSA, OPC Foundation, ISA, and WBF to provide a harmonized set of information standards for the exchange of operations and maintenance data and associated context with business applications. The goal is to enable more agile business operations and enhanced visibility, providing the potential for condition-based maintenance and production operations. Open O&M is a virtual organization, maintained by MIMOSA (http://www.mimosa.org), which serves as an umbrella for collaboration.

At IMC, Open O&M is demonstrating standards-based multivendor interoperability at multiple levels within a manufacturing enterprise, from ERP and EAM, down to OPC process data collection. The demonstration includes various Open O&M-enabled applications for maintenance and operations utilizing ArchestrA technology inside applications from Invensys’ Wonderware unit. These include distributed applications functionality via the Industrial Application Server, plant floor visualization via InTouch HMI software, and data historization via Industrial SQLServer.

In addition to its active participation in this important demonstration, Invensys executives serve at senior levels in all the participating standards organizations, including the OPC Foundation, ISA-95, and MIMOSA.

“The simultaneous convergence of Maintenance and Operations at the plant level with Finance, Supply Chain, and Logistics at the enterprise level via standards-based interoperability -- as opposed to point solutions -- will serve as the catalyst that enables manufacturing enterprises to move to the next level of business performance,” commented Peter Martin, vice president of performance management at Invensys Process Systems in Foxboro, Massachusetts. “We believe that the Open O&M initiative will serve as an interoperability foundation for future enterprise control and information systems.”

About Invensys Process Systems

Invensys Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions that enable today’s industrial process plants to monitor, manage, and improve the performance of their manufacturing assets. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions group, Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Avantis, Foxboro, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex, and Wonderware, whose products are installed at more than 100,000 sites across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world’s largest upstream projects, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys Group (http://www.invensys.com) is made up of five businesses: Process Systems, APV, Eurotherm, Rail Systems and Controls. The Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with approximately 30,000 employees working in 60 countries.

Invensys, Avantis, Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, ArchestrA, FactorySuite, InTouch, and Industrial SQL Server are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries, or affiliates. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

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