Download: Invensys' Triconex Enters Strategic Relationship With Matrikon to Provide OPC Information Connectivity

Irvine, Calif., Nov 7, 2001 -- Triconex, a unit of Invensys Process Systems, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Matrikon Inc. (Toronto: MTK), to jointly market Matrikon's OPC Server in conjunction with Triconex's TRICON(TM) and Trident(TM) controllers. Triconex is the world leader in safety systems and critical control applications. Matrikon is the market leader in OPC (OLE for Process Control) technology.

"We chose Matrikon's OPC server because their OPC expertise is unmatched today," said Bill Chiles, Triconex product manager. "Trident and TRICON users will benefit from fast, reliable and robust connections to other equipment and applications and access to value-added OPC products such as data management and redundancy tools."

Matrikon's OPC Server enables communication between the TRICON or Trident controllers and any OPC client. The OPC Server supports both OPC Data Access and OPC Alarms and Events specifications and provides complete redundancy and fail-over capabilities.

Based on Microsoft technology, OPC is a protocol designed to bridge Windows(R)-based applications and process control hardware. It is an open standard that permits a consistent method of accessing field data from plant floor devices. OPC technology enables end-users to choose the software and hardware that meets their primary production needs without having to consider the availability of proprietary drivers.

About the TRICON and Trident products

The TRICON fault-tolerant control system is used for emergency shutdown, burner management, turbomachinery control, and fire and gas systems. Use of TRICON control continues to expand into new industries and applications as customers require increased safety and/or high availability in their systems. Today, Triconex has installed TRICON systems at customer sites in 50 countries.

The Trident controller is designed to fit smaller applications where, until now, price concerns have kept processes tied to the operating restrictions of dual and simplex architectures. The Trident controller breaks through this barrier and provides customers with a powerful, cost-effective solution and an alternative control strategy to maximize both high reliability and high availability applications.

About Matrikon

Matrikon ( is the global leader in interface development for the process control industry. With a collection of over 400 interfaces and OPC servers, Matrikon provides open connectivity to every major control system on the market.

Founded in 1988, Matrikon is a leading supplier of industrial IT solutions specializing in Web-based products and optimization software and services to deliver agility to the manufacturing industries. Matrikon is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, with offices throughout North America and employs over 350 people.

Invensys Process Systems is part of the U.S.-based Software Systems division of Invensys plc. Invensys Process Systems' automation solutions provide measurable performance improvements across a broad spectrum of customer industries. Invensys Process Systems includes focused business units such as Invensys Process Solutions, plus well-known brands such as APV, Esscor, Foxboro, Simulation Sciences, Triconex, Walsh Automation, and Wonderware.

Invensys plc ( is a global leader in the Automation and Controls industry. With its head office in London, England, it operates in all regions of the world through four focused divisions -- Software Systems, Automation Systems, Power Systems and Control Systems. With almost 80,000 employees, the company's products and services range from advanced control systems and networks for automating industrial plants and controlling the environments of buildings to electronic devices and controls found in residential buildings and light commercial applications. In addition it provides complete power systems for the telecommunications and information technology industries.

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