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Control.com Partners with SCADAware to Develop Series of Fully-Supported Open Control Systems

Open systems overcome limitations of closed, proprietary architectures; provide increased performance, programming flexibility

Houston, TX (September 10, 2001) - Control.com Inc., the global online community for control professionals, today announced at ISA/2001 in Houston, Texas, that it is partnering with SCADAware, Inc. to develop a new series of open systems for industrial automation and control. The new open control systems will provide manufacturers with a powerful set of modular components that can be mixed and matched to solve a variety of data acquisition, process control, and motion control applications. Control.com will provide the open systems technology, including hardware, software, and compatibility testing, while SCADAware, a leading control systems integration firm, will provide on-site, applications-level development and support.

"Control.com and SCADAware are joined by a common philosophy of multi-vendor open control," stated Ken Crater, CEO of Control.com. "The long-standing limitations of the PLC's proprietary architecture have left today's control engineers facing innumerable problems. Open control is the answer for delivering increased performance, communications, programming flexibility, and capacity. Our goal is to transform the controls industry from its current moribund state to something approaching the dynamism of the computer and software industries."

The Open Imperative

Control.com and SCADAware will deliver truly open systems, as measured by manufacturers' business requirements. All open control systems will provide:

  • Wide array of popular interfaces
  • Compatible environment for commercial off-the-shelf software
  • Multi-vendor control architectures
  • Rapid adaptation of business protocols and communications standards

Such systems, based on open-source standards, reduce the user's risk when purchasing any one component as many plug-compatible and software-compatible equivalents will be available. This frees the user to select best-in-class components in each product category and opens the market to new suppliers offering better products.

"Control.com and SCADAware are of one mind when it comes to open control and we practice what we preach," said Rick Caldwell, President of SCADAware. "Control.com supports the open systems paradigm through its Web-based community of control engineers and the new Open Control Laboratory. SCADAware is putting open control to work in many industries, such as our recently completed installation at Caterpillar, Inc. Using a variety of open hardware components and an underlying real-time kernel with PC-based software, we have developed sophisticated cell control systems that interact with and provide high-level control to local machine controllers, bar-code readers, even articulated parts-handling robots. This is open control in action."

Open Control Laboratory

All systems development efforts will be performed in conjunction with Control.com's Open Control Laboratory. The Lab will test, characterize, and integrate open control products from many different suppliers to assess their ability to operate together in an open control environment. The Lab will determine how hardware and software components operate with other products and systems, and establish standards for performance and ease of integration. Once this determination has been made, Control.com and SCADAware will use the highest rated components as part of their customers' open control systems.

About SCADAware

Since 1994, SCADAware (Bloomington, IL) has specialized in PC-based systems integration. The company delivers turn-key control systems that use a variety of high performance technologies, including PC-based control, fieldbus I/O, client-server SCADA, custom communications drivers, PLC controls, and enterprise-wide data acquisition and reporting. Clients include such industry leaders as Caterpillar, Mitsubishi Motors, US Steel, General Tire, Continental Grain, NASA, and Williams Natural Gas Pipelines. The company can be reached at +1 309-665-0135 or at http://www.SCADAware.com.

About Control.com

Control.com is the largest online community of control engineering professionals. Home to the Open Control Laboratory, the Automation ListÔ, and the PLCArchive™, the company hosts a growing technical knowledge base and variety of peer-to-peer forums that provide numerous opportunities for interchange in the control community. The company is advancing the industry toward the open control paradigm, where interoperability among different vendors' products allows designers to create control systems with the products that work best for their applications. Control.com plays a key role in the establishment of open control as the norm, through the integration, supply, service, and support of open systems and their components. For more information, visit http://www.control.com.

Contact information:
Steve Harr
Director of Business Development
Control.com
134 Flanders Road
Westborough, MA 01581
+1 508-621-3618, Fax: +1 508-621-3614

Rick Caldwell
President
SCADAware, Inc.
1602 Rhodes Lane
Bloomington, IL 61704
+1 309-665-0135, Fax: +1 309-665-0975

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