JANUARY 27, 2009/PLANO, TEXAS – Invensys Process Systems (IPS), a global technology, software and consulting firm, today announced that it is hosting an international meeting of enterprise integration standards experts at its headquarters in Plano, Texas, January 27-30, 2009. At the annual review meeting, the SP95 Standards committee of the International Society of Automation (ISA) gathers with representative of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Organization for Standards (ISO) joint committees to develop global industry specifications for manufacturing operations management systems, including manufacturing execution systems (MES), laboratory information management systems (LIMS), warehouse management systems (WMS), and maintenance management systems (MMS).
The ISA-18 Standards for universal enterprise/control system integration have become the industry benchmark for integrating corporate IT systems with manufacturing and shop floor IT systems. In concert with the ISA-18 committee, the IEC and ISO groups are jointly developing the international version of the ISA-18 Standards.
“IPS is pleased to sponsor this important group meeting to further the integration of information and control systems within the enterprise,” said Don Clark, vice president of Global Industry Solutions for IPS and a long-time contributor to the ISA-18 Standards effort. “As a leader in integrated systems for overall business performance success, IPS is invested in methods and systems that make it easier for manufacturers to implement integrated systems and experience how improving plant or factory control can enhance their bottom line.”
The meeting will focus on standards for business-to-manufacturing transactions, key elements of enterprise integration. These standards define the business-level transactions that enable real-time exchange of critical manufacturing instructions and information between business logistics systems and shop floor control systems.
Since 2006, IPS has helped clients achieve control and business system integration with its InFusion™ Enterprise Control System technology. The InFusion platform combines industry-leading capabilities from across IPS with advanced enterprise information and integration technologies from both Microsoft and SAP, allowing dramatic reductions in integration costs