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Foxboro introduces industry’s first touch-screen LCD monitors for process control applications

Posted: 14 April 2004

New option for I/A Series automation system combines the performance of advanced flat-screen LCD technology with the intuitiveness of touch screen operator interaction

Foxboro Automation Systems, a unit of Invensys, has further enhanced the advanced HMI (human machine interface) capabilities of the company’s flagship I/A Series automation system with new flat-screen LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor options. This includes a new touch screen option for Foxboro’s high-performance 20-inch LCD monitor that combines the benefits of LCD technology with the superior intuitiveness of touch screen operator interaction.

“The latest LCD display technology offers many clear and compelling advantages over conventional CRT display technology for process control applications,” said Steve Young, vice president of Foxboro Automation Systems at Invensys. “LCD displays have been shown to improve visual work performance, eliminate distortion and flicker, and reduce glare and associated eyestrain to help increase operator productivity and well-being. Compared to conventional CRT technology, LCD displays also take up a much smaller footprint in control rooms and use as much as 60% less power. What’s more, unlike CRTs, LCD monitors do not emit electromagnetic interference, a feature that is particularly important in many industrial applications.

“For these reasons and more, Foxboro is moving toward an ‘all-LCD’ monitor offering for the I/A Series system. This includes, what to the best of our knowledge, is the process control industry’s only touch screen option for LCD monitors.“

In addition to being utilized in all new I/A Series systems moving forward, cost-effective upgrade options are available to allow most current I/A Series system users to upgrade their outdated or aging CRT monitors to the latest LCD monitor technology.

‘Foxboro is committed to leveraging appropriate COTS (commercial off the shelf technology) – such as LCD monitors -- to the greatest possible extent to reduce costs for our customers and help improve the performance of their plants,” said Young. “Our recently introduced, self-healing Mesh control network for the I/A Series system is another example. This incorporates commercial switches and fiber optic components in robust and secure industrial configurations to dramatically boost both performance and availability.

“At Invensys, we’re convinced that the intelligent use of appropriate commercial technologies is one of main reasons why we’ve been able to maintain the technological leadership of the Foxboro I/A Series system over time,” said Young.

For more information see www.foxboro.com

About the I/A Series System
Thanks to continuous innovation and a firm commitment to preserving customers’ investment in hardware, software, training, and intellectual property, I/A Series systems and customer applications implemented more than a decade ago are just as viable today as when they were first installed. With thousands of I/A Series systems installed in plants around the world – from small, highly regulated batch plants to the world’s largest power plants, pulp and paper mills, refineries, and petrochemical complexes – the I/A Series system is clearly the most proven, reliable, and extensible continuously supported control system available.

About Invensys
Invensys is a global leader in production technology. The group helps customers improve productivity, performance and profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of their industries and applications.

Invensys works closely with customers to increase performance of production assets, maximize return on investment in production and data management technologies and remove cost from the supply chain. The company includes APV, Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex, Wonderware, and other well-known brands. These businesses address process and batch industries -- including oil and gas, chemicals, power and utilities, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and personal health care products, pulp and paper, metals and mining -- plus the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Invensys operates in more than 60 countries, with its headquarters in London.

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