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News Release - March 2008

ISaGRAF 5 now fully supports the popular INtime RTOS

Montreal, Canada– March 13, 2008 - ICS Triplex ISaGRAF Inc., the leading automation software technology partner, announced today that their ISaGRAF 5 control software now fully supports TenAsys’ INtime real-time operating system (RTOS). INtime provides deterministic, hard real-time control, leveraging the powerful capabilities of Intel® Architecture processors.

“Our ability to dedicate one core of a multi-core processor exclusively to the INtime kernel and ISaGRAF runtime engine, while the remaining cores run Windows, is unique,” said Kim Hartman, TenAsys VP Sales and Marketing. “It provides ISaGRAF developers with a reliable and deterministic Windows platform for microsecond level accuracy and repeatability.”

Using the ISaGRAF Development Toolkit with INtime enables high volume equipment manufacturers to build robust embedded systems. They can transform controllers into a top of the line PLC, DCS or RTU. They also have access to useful features such as data quality, millisecond time stamping, event sequencing, trending, alarming, processor synchronization, GPS support and redundancy.

About INtime

INtime is a leading RTOS for the application of real-time on Microsoft® Windows® platforms. Field proven in hundreds of applications running millions of flawless execution hours, it provides reliable deterministic control in a wide array of mission critical applications. Using INtime to implement real-time Windows applications reduces software complexity, removes redundant hardware costs and speeds time-to-market.

The INtime kernel supports a range of inter-process communication and synchronization mechanisms that fulfill the high-end real-time needs of the most demanding embedded applications.

About ISaGRAF 5

ISaGRAF 5 is an IEC 61131 / IEC 61499 automation software environment that enables the creation of local or distributed control systems. It offers a combination of a highly portable and robust control engine and an intuitive application development environment.

ISaGRAF 5 is the world’s first commercially-available IEC 61499 automation software. It offers unparalleled functionality and benefits by incorporating both the IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499 standards. Using ISaGRAF 5, any field device manufacturer has the ability to turn their equipment into an IEC 61499 product. For example, intelligent flow meters can act as a regulator and control a valve while being part of an integrated distributed control system.

ISaGRAF’s IEC 61499 functionality enables users to build traditional control systems where the interactions between devices are automatically regulated and synchronized by the IEC 61499 function block diagrams rather than through the use of manually implemented algorithms.

About IEC 61499

Developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), IEC 61499 presents guidelines for the use of function blocks to control and manage distributed industrial process, measurement and control systems. The IEC 61499 standard provides a number of significant benefits to distributed applications including:

  • the regulation of the flow of control decisions for an interacting distributed control system
  • providing for the consistency of data
  • providing a means to ensure synchronous operation between devices
  • eliminating the need to have separate synchronization schemes
  • easing the development and maintenance of robust control systems
IEC 61499 also has the ability to encapsulate automation functionality such that machine builders can create IEC 61499 function blocks for different components of the machine and only need to assemble them to achieve the desired operation. It provides the benefits of object-oriented programming in an environment accessible to automation engineers.

About ICS Triplex ISaGRAF

ICS Triplex ISaGRAF 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, as confirmed by TÜV Rheinland, and can be used to build a variety of automation products including embedded µcontrollers, PAC, PLC, DCS, RTU, CNC 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 Rockwell Automation Company.

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