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News Release - December 2006

New advances in the Evolution of Automation Software

Montreal, Canada - December 1, 2006 - ICS Triplex ISaGRAF Inc., the leading automation software partner is proud to announce an exciting development in their award-winning automation software. The ICS Triplex ISaGRAF team has been developing some key enhancements to the popular ISaGRAF 5, the world’s first commercially-available IEC 61499 automation software. The company has released a beta version of ISaGRAF 5.3.

ISaGRAF 5.3 provides a unified development environment for the ISaGRAF installed base. Users will now have the ability to program and support the entire range of ISaGRAF controllers (controllers from ISaGRAF versions 3, 4 & 5) using the same development environment. Now, an ISaGRAF 3 application can be created, compiled, debugged, simulated, downloaded and monitored. No modification to the ISaGRAF 3.x controller is required.

ISaGRAF 5.3 also includes the new µFirmware Development Toolkit to address the microcontroller market.

As with previous ISaGRAF 5 versions, ISaGRAF 5.3 incorporates both the IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499 standards. Users can build traditional control systems where the interactions between devices will automatically be regulated and synchronized by the IEC 61499 function block diagrams rather than through the use of manually implemented algorithms.

The ISaGRAF 5.3 beta version will be initially offered to a limited set of ICS Triplex ISaGRAF partners. Those organizations wishing to take part in the beta testing are invited to contact our applications and support team via email at:

About ICS Triplex ISaGRAF

ICS Triplex ISaGRAF, a privately-held company with offices in Canada, the U.S., and France, is the world’s leading automation software partner. The company’s flagship product ISaGRAF is fully compliant with both IEC 61499 and IEC 61131 industrial standards and can be used to build a variety of automation products including embedded controllers, DCS, PLCs, RTUs, CNCs and motion controllers. ISaGRAF sustains a high level of standardization, integration and communication within modern automation systems, resulting in high-end, real-time open control systems with crash-proof reliability, powerful performance and flexibility.

ICS Triplex ISaGRAF is a subsidiary of UK-based ICS Triplex plc.