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News Release - December 2005

ICS Triplex ISaGRAF Officially Releases the Award-Winning ISaGRAF Version 5.0 Software Solution

– ICS Triplex ISaGRAF Inc., the leading automation software partner is pleased to announce the official release of the IEC 61499 compliant ISaGRAF version 5.0. Users can now design powerful automation controllers and devices that meet the IEC 61131 and IEC 61499 standards.

The unique technology offers all the components to rapidly prototype and create a high quality control product. It provides a combination of the field-proven control engine software used by most PLC, DCS and RTU manufacturers worldwide; a toolkit to adapt it to any hardware platform and operating system; and an IEC 61131 and IEC 61499 programming environment that makes the automation solution easy to use for all engineers.

IEC 61499 redefines the way to configure and program automations systems and is a natural complement to the IEC 61131 methodology. The IEC 61499 standard is the result of 10 years of work by the IEC standards organization and defines the means to design and implement robust and efficient cooperating systems.

“Our aim has always been to provide the market with open, flexible and quality automation software technology that allows our partners to accelerate application development, speed time-to-market and create competitive differentiation,” states Julien Chouinard, ICS Triplex ISaGRAF Managing Director. “ISaGRAF 5.0 truly delivers on these goals, allowing engineers to develop best-in-class control solutions while saving time and money.”

About IEC 61499

The IEC 61499 standard defines a model for splitting different parts of an industrial automation process or complex machinery control into functional modules. These modules are graphically represented as Function Blocks of a shape unique to the IEC 61499 standard. The scope of the resulting Function Block Diagram spans over multiple resources (programs) on a controller or over multiple controllers or devices (valves, meters etc.). These Function Blocks can be supplied by multiple vendors.

IEC 61499 also has the ability to encapsulate automation functionality such that machine builders are able to 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.

With IEC 61499, legacy central control architectures are replaced by self-regulated networks of intelligent controllers, sensors and actuators; reducing complex control systems to simple and intuitive cooperating sub-systems.