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SUPPLIERS FORM INTEROPERABLE SYSTEMS PROJECT TO ACCELERATE SINGLE INTERNATIONAL FIELDBUS SOLUTION

 SUPPLIERS FORM INTEROPERABLE SYSTEMS PROJECT TO ACCELERATE
 SINGLE INTERNATIONAL FIELDBUS SOLUTION
 MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Fisher Controls International, Inc.; Rosemount Inc; Siemens AG; and Yokogawa Electric Corporation have announced the formation of the InterOperable Systems Project (ISP). The newly formed, international project is committed to accelerating the availability of interoperable systems and products.
 The product's primary objective is to develop a single international, interoperable fieldbus for integration into process automation solutions. Project members have targeted early 1994 for delivering fully open and interoperable fieldbus products. This project is based on the groundbreaking work of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the Instrument Society of America, Standards and Practices Group 50 (ISA SP-50), and other proven international fieldbus technologies.
 The InterOperable Systems Project's four charter members invite all interested companies to participate in the joint project by developing products based on open, interoperable fieldbus technology. Additional companies that have committed to joining the InterOperable Systems Project will be announced at press conferences at the upcoming INTERKAMA and ISA trade shows.
 Mel O'Donnell, group vice president of Fisher Controls said, "Our emphasis is in providing interoperable products and systems so that users have a choice in building their plant-wide information and control networks. We believe interoperability requires a single, working standard fieldbus. In fact, the next architectural change in process automation has been waiting for a fieldbus standard. Open-system technology to support that architecture change exists today."
 Takashi Yamanaka, president of Yokogawa Electric Corporation added, "In developing the single international fieldbus solution, we are committed to the work of the IEC and ISA SP-50. Through our efforts, we are adopting the IEC/ISA SP-50 fieldbus physical layer specifications and functional subsets of the other IEC/ISA SP-50 layers, including user layer function blocks. In our drive for interoperable, rather than proprietary systems, we are committed to using completed IEC/ISA SP-50 specifications, and to migrating the InterOperable Systems Project solution to the final IEC/ISA fieldbus standard."
 Dr. Hartmut Hecht, executive director at Siemens AG went on to say, "Our four international companies have agreed on the necessity of interoperability. Our companies have demonstrated the ability to work together in team environments, such as the ISA, the HART User Group, and the PROFIBUS User Organization (PNO). We believe that now is the time to move from specifications and standards work to accelerate the development of products and systems. Our contribution to this project will be based on the complete development experience and proven technology of PROFIBUS."
 The InterOperable Systems Project intends to provide a migration path for both FIP and PROFIBUS.
 On their pioneering path to develop open systems and interoperable products, the InterOperable Systems Project will create an infrastructure that will be fully open to process industry suppliers around the world. This infrastructure will include:
 -- Completed fieldbus specifications
 -- Designer workshops
 -- Development and conformance test tools
 -- Silicon for product solutions
 John Berra, president of the Rosemount Group concluded, "We are excited by the added value this underlying fieldbus technology will give to our customers, and we jointly believe that we have reached the point in time when we must collaborate to produce fully open and interoperable products and systems. Customers have been waiting for suppliers to move on this issue and expedite a true, worldwide fieldbus standard. Instead of establishing a four-company group or alliance, our mission is to develop the single international fieldbus and to share this technology with all other suppliers."
 Fisher Controls International, Inc., headquartered in Clayton, Mo., is a leading global supplier of industrial control valves and distributed control systems. Fisher Controls has been an active participant in the IEC/ISA SP-50 fieldbus standard for the past 7 years, is a charter member and serves on the executive committee of the International Fieldbus Consortium (IFC), has participated in the IFC physical layer field trials at Exxon, and has a leadership role in the IFC demonstrations that will be seen at INTERKAMA and ISA trade shows this fall.
 Rosemount Inc., headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn., is a leading global supplier of measurement instrumentation, analytical systems, and distributed control systems. Rosemount has had a leadership role for the past 7 years in the IEC/ISA SP-50 fieldbus standard, where they have led the physical layer development and have a leadership role in the application layer development. Rosemount is a charter member and serves on the executive committee of the IFC, has led the IFC physical layer field trials at Exxon, and is a participant in the IEC/ISA SP-50 demonstrations that will be seen at the ISA trade show this fall.
 Siemens AG, headquartered in Berlin and Munich, Germany, is a leading global supplier of PLCs, distributed control systems, analytical systems, and measurement instrumentation. Siemens has participated in the IEC/ISA SP-50 fieldbus standard and currently leads the development of the application layers. Siemens is a charter member and serves on the executive committee of the IFC, has a leadership role in the FICIM project, holds a key leadership position in the IEC TC65. Siemens has had a leadership role in the development of PROFIBUS, continues to take a very active role in the PROFIBUS User Organization, and is a supplier of PROFIBUS-based products.
 Yokogawa Electric Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is a leading global supplier in distributed control systems and measurement instrumentation. Yokogawa has had an active role in the IEC/ISA SP-50 fieldbus standard effort, is a charter member and serves on the executive committee of the IFC, and is participating in the IFC demonstration at the ISA trade show this fall. Yokogawa is a leading member of the JEMIMA organization in Japan.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Dossing of Fisher Controls, 512-832-3162; Brian Pelletier of Rosemount, 612-828-3280; Thomas Varney of Siemens, 404-751-2255; or Tom Ridgway of Yokogawa Electric, 404-254-0400/ CO: Rosemount Inc.; Fisher Controls International, Inc.; Siemens AG;
 Yokogawa Electric Corporation ST: Minnesota, Missouri IN: CPR SU: JVN


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