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Invensys introduces world’s first 'enterprise control system'

  • 18 April, 2006 13:48

<p>New “InFusion” offering combines Invensys’ industrial-strength automation technology with advanced information technology to create a unified real-time control, information, and application environment across virtually all plant and enterprise systems</p>
<p>MELBOURNE – April 18, 2006 – Invensys today introduced the world’s first industrial system that goes beyond the plant or other industrial operations to provide a true enterprise view.</p>
<p>The new InFusionTM enterprise control system combines industry-leading capabilities from across Invensys with advanced enterprise information and integration technologies from both Microsoft and SAP to dramatically reduce integration costs.</p>
<p>With InFusion technology, most existing plant floor and enterprise systems can now be cost-effectively integrated into a common system. In conjunction with a suite of new performance services, Invensys’ InFusion system will help industrial enterprises more effectively align plant operations and maintenance departments with the business to optimise overall asset performance management.</p>
<p>The InFusion enterprise control system that we’re introducing today is as revolutionary as our ground-breaking Foxboro I/A Series® automation system and Wonderware InTouch® HMI software were when first introduced,” said Mike Caliel, President of Invensys Process Systems. “By combining the latest capabilities from across Invensys into one unified architecture, Invensys has realised a step change in the utilisation of open technologies and standards in a fully industrial system. By dramatically reducing both plant and enterprise integration costs, InFusion will help our customers finally break down stubborn technical and organisational barriers, while preserving and extending their equity in existing automation assets.”</p>
<p>With more than 60 issued and pending patents/patent applications, the InFusion enterprise control system delivers a unique set of capabilities not previously available from any single automation or information system. These include:
• Unprecedented integration across virtually all existing plant floor systems (DCS, PLC, etc), subsystems, and intelligent field devices, regardless of vendor or protocol
• Low cost, standards-based information interoperability between plant floor, manufacturing execution (MES), and enterprise systems
• A unified engineering and support environment across both plant floor and MES systems, plus a powerful application object model that simplifies the creation and re-use of innovative new equipment, unit, and plant-level strategies, while dramatically improving engineering productivity
• Real-time visibility into both the plant and the business with a unified view across operations and maintenance domains to help align overall plant performance with business objectives</p>
<p>As introduced today, InFusion unifies Foxboro’s industry-leading process control capabilities with Wonderware’s industry-leading HMI, plant intelligence, and device integration capabilities into a new, ArchestrA-based system. (ArchestrA® is Invensys’ fully industrialised software architecture built on .NET and other Microsoft technologies.) InFusion also incorporates additional Invensys and third-party capabilities as needed, including:
• Triconex triple modular redundant (TMR) safety and critical control
• Foxboro remote terminal units (RTUs) and intelligent SCADA applications
• SimSci-Esscor advanced control, simulation, and process optimisation
• Avantis real-time condition monitoring and enterprise asset management
• Foxboro intelligent pressure, level, flow, and electrochemical transmitters, valve positioners, and advanced, FDT-compliant diagnostic tools
• A comprehensive managed approach to wireless technology that makes it practical and cost effective to incorporate new wireless measurements into the system</p>
<p>InFusion reduces the cost and effort required to integrate intelligent plant floor devices and systems via standards such as OPC and an unmatched portfolio of device drivers. Process control, MES, and even ERP applications can be brought together into a common data model and a common best-in-class HMI to deliver timely, in-context information to all plant personnel.</p>
<p>The InFusion Collaboration Wall, a new concept in human interface, can also be used to provide plant operators, maintenance technicians, engineers, and managers with a shared view of process control, maintenance, performance, and business application displays to encourage and facilitate creative collaboration.</p>
<p>By reducing the cost and effort required to integrate existing plant and enterprise systems into a unified enterprise control system and providing an object-based environment for application development, deployment, and reuse, the new InFusion enterprise control system represents a major leap forward for the automation industry.</p>
<p>To help process manufacturers obtain maximum business advantage from this advanced platform, Invensys offers a number of different asset performance management consulting services.</p>
<p>For more information, readers should contact their local Invensys representatives, call 1-866-746-6477 (+1 508-549-2424 outside the US and Canada), or visit www.InFusionECS.com.</p>
<p>About Invensys
Invensys is the world leader in industrial asset performance management. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions and Performance Management services groups, Invensys’ automation businesses 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 upstream projects, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.</p>
<p>The Invensys Group (www.invensys.com) is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with approximately 30,000 employees working in 60 countries.</p>
<p>About Invensys Process Systems in Australia
Invensys Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimisation of industrial process plants. In addition to its rapidly expanding Performance Services group, 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, and pulp and paper mills.</p>
<p>With the formation of Foxboro Pty Ltd in 1964, Foxboro established its first presence, selling and servicing instrumentation to process industries in the Australia market. In 1995 Foxboro/Siebe acquired Leeds &amp; Northrup, the Sydney based SCADA business to complement global capability portfolio and strengthened the domestic Australia execution capability.</p>
<p>Foxboro Pty Ltd has implemented state-of-the-art process control systems in many domestic world-class industrial facilities throughout Australia. These include oil &amp; gas, refineries, petrochemical, power, water treatment and pulp &amp; paper.</p>
<p>To better meet the Australian industrial market’s requirements for comprehensive and well-integrated automation solutions, Foxboro Pty Limited was renamed Invensys Process Systems Australia Limited which consolidates the operations of Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor and Avantis. Invensys Process Systems Australia offers the most comprehensive portfolio of automation products, solution and services available from a single company.</p>
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<p>Invensys, InFusion, Foxboro, Wonderware, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Avantis, I/A Series, and InTouch, are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries, or affiliates. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>NOTE TO EDITORS: A high-quality photo and other visuals are available for editorial purposes in the “News” section at www.InFusionECS.com.</p>
<p>PHOTO CAPTION: The new InFusion enterprise control system from Invensys provides a cost-effective solution for integrating the entire plant floor with the business. The InFusion Collaboration Wall, a new concept in human interface, can also be used to provide plant operators, maintenance technicians, engineers, and managers with a shared view of process control, maintenance, performance, and business application displays to encourage and facilitate creative collaboration.</p>
<p>For more information:</p>
<p>Ng Kim Meng (03) 9589 9202 or 0418-697 804</p>
<p>Keith Marriner (03) 9589 9222 or 0407-487 032</p>

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