Invensys Joins Intergraph SmartPlant AllianceJune 3, 2009
The technology firm will integrate its software with the alliance's engineering solutions to improve project execution and process operations.
PLANO, TX -- Invensys Process Systems (IPS), a global technology, software, and consulting firm, has joined Intergraph's SmartPlant Alliance, integrating its software with Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise engineering solutions to enable highly automated project execution and improve the transfer of data from engineering, procurement, and construction companies (EPCs) to plant owner operators.
"Aligning with SmartPlant Enterprise will help IPS meet our objective of changing how control system engineering is approached," said Neil Holden, IPS Vice President of Global Processes and Systems. "By compressing design and build schedules to make critical data available whenever it is needed, we can help improve our clients overall manufacturing, installation, construction, commission, and training operations."
As a SmartPlant Alliance technology member, IPS has developed complementary interfaces between Intergraph's SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID, and SmartPlant Foundation with IPS' industrial automation solutions. These include Foxboro field devices and control systems, Triconex critical safety systems, SimSci-Esscor simulation software, Avantis enterprise asset management software, and the "world's first truly open enterprise control system, InFusion." IPS engineering solutions are interfaced with SmartPlant Enterprise to offer a unique approach to design, installation, and the commission of control systems that reduce costs, schedule timelines, and risks.
Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise is an integrated suite of solutions for EPCs and owner operators to design, construct, safely operate, and maintain a plant throughout its entire life cycle. The interfaced IPS and Intergraph solutions will enable all parties to work with a common engineering solution to better manage plant information for enhanced plant safety and efficiency from design through decommissioning. The two solutions are ideal for ongoing maintenance operations, as plants and assets are continually changing and being revised after handover to the owner operator.
"Many of our customers have standardized on SmartPlant Instrumentation and SmartPlant P&ID as their single environments for managing field instrumentation and process layout," Holden said. "The combination of IPS technology and SmartPlant Enterprise offers a unique and powerful solution, and SmartPlant's intelligent, rule-based design capabilities make project execution much faster and efficient. This complementary interface enables our clients to access valuable information quickly and easily, helping them to reduce downtime, optimize operations, and improve their overall return on plant assets."
Patrick Holcomb, Executive Vice-President, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine, said, "We are pleased to welcome IPS to the SmartPlant Alliance and to offer our customers new and innovative solutions that improve their productivity and competitive edge. This alliance will significantly shorten the engineering cycle, provide consistent data, and enable owner operators to execute plant control modernization projects faster and with less risk."
Intergraph Corp. is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses, and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company's spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph's customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships, and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Invensys Process Systems, headquartered in Plano, TX, is a global technology, software, and consulting firm, leading significant change in process manufacturing, plant optimization, business operations, and enterprise performance. IPS clients are some of the world's most important industrial organizations—companies that operate large oil refineries; plants that process chemicals, gas, LNG, power, pharmaceutical, and minerals; and pulp and paper mills. IPS solutions, used at more than 50,000 locations around the globe, include field devices and controls from Foxboro and Triconex, advanced applications from SimSci-Esscor, operations management from Avantis, and the "world's first truly open enterprise control system, InFusion."
The company's approximately 7500 employees integrate these capabilities to create solutions that impact and increase efficiency, boost productivity, and accelerate performance. These results help industrial companies run safer, operate more efficiently, and extract useful knowledge from their operations to make faster, better decisions.
Invensys, Avantis, Foxboro, I/A Series, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex, InFusion, Eurotherm, Wonderware, and the IPS logo are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries, or affiliates. Intergraph and SmartPlant are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corp. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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