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ExperTune Offers No-Cost Upgrade to Rockwell's RS Tune and RS Loop Optimizer

ExperTune Inc is offering a no-cost upgrade for existing users of Rockwell RSTune® and RS Loop Optimizer®. The transition is simple because ExperTune is the developer of the RSTune and RSLoop Optimizer software.

ExperTune's PID Loop Optimizer software provides a direct replacement for the Rockwell products, with many feature upgrades included. Users also have the option to step up to a multi-platform version of PID Loop Optimizer. This system can connect to over 700 industrial control algorithms, including PLC and DCS systems beyond the Rockwell family.

Users who upgrade can make use of ExperTune's features, including fast loop tuning in either Auto or Manual operation, instrument and valve analysis, process modeling, choice of tuning criteria, simulation of new tuning, and automated reporting.

ExperTune has been supplying controller tuning software to the automation industries, including Rockwell, for over 25 years. John Gerry, President and Founder of ExperTune, comments "Controller tuning is our core business. We have continued to develop and evolve these tools, far beyond the original software provided to Rockwell. Those who upgrade will be delighted to see these new capabilities."

Users who wish to upgrade should visit: http://www.expertune.com/freeUpgrade.aspx.

RS Tune®, RS Loop Optimizer®, and the RSTune and RSLoop Optimizer logos are registered trademarks of Rockwell Automation.

About ExperTune
For 25 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software now running in thousands of plants world-wide.  ExperTune’s PID Loop Optimizer is the industry-leading control loop tuning software, having won dozens of awards over its history. PlantTriage® Control Performance Monitor software oversees the optimization of an entire plant, including equipment, operations, and controls.  The PlantTriage suite of optimization tools are designed to increase the efficiency of processes.  The tools include swing or oscillation detection and elimination, interaction analysis, modeling, robustness, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency response, and PID tuning tools. ExperTune is a member of the OPC Foundation.  PlantTriage also seamlessly integrates with the ProcessApex Unit Operations Evaluator. For more information, set your browser to www.planttriage.com.

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PlantTriage Automatically Finds Root Cause of Upsets

ExperTune's PlantTriage software now automatically finds the root cause of process upsets. The latest advance, "Root Cause Finder", automates the in-depth analysis that was previously performed by an experienced engineer.

The new technology works by evaluating correlations between instrument readings throughout an entire manufacturing facility. Upsets that start in one part of the plant are reflected in the data patterns from other parts of the plant. By evaluating the correlations between these patterns, and the time-shift from one to the other, PlantTriage is able to determine the most likely sources of process variation.

George Buckbee, Vice President of ExperTune, comments "Process plants can be very complex, and root cause can be difficult to find. Our clients have been able to uncover the root cause of many difficult problems, often within minutes. This is a real 'needle in a haystack' type of tool."

Using advanced mathematical techniques, the Root Cause Finder works without requiring any process models or other prior knowledge of the process. Root Cause Finder results are displayed graphically, at the top of PlantTriage's “Process Interaction Map”. This display also shows other affected process areas. The color-coded results show the extent and the time-lag of the cause.

John Gerry, President and Founder of ExperTune, adds "Our clients have seen literally millions of dollars in savings from people using PlantTriage Interaction Analysis. With Root Cause Finder, the average plant engineer can look like a genius.”

For more information about PlantTriage, visit: http://www.planttriage.com

About ExperTune’s PlantTriage®

For 25 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software now running in thousands of plants world-wide.  PlantTriage® Control Performance Monitor oversees the optimization of an entire plant, including equipment, operations, and controls.  The PlantTriage suite of optimization tools are designed to increase the efficiency of processes.  The tools include swing or oscillation detection and elimination, interaction analysis, modeling, robustness, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency response, and PID tuning tools. ExperTune is a member of the OPC Foundation.  PlantTriage also seamlessly integrates with the ProcessApex Unit Operations Evaluator. For more information, set your browser to www.planttriage.com

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PlantTriage Diagnostics Automatically Initiate Work Orders

ExperTune's PlantTriage can now share information with maintenance planning and other enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools. PlantTriage's diagnostics can be used to initiate work requests for instrument repairs, control tuning, and valve replacements.

Proven in hundreds of plants worldwide, the PlantTriage control performance monitoring system automatically diagnoses and prioritizes process, control, and instrumentation problems, 24 hours a day. Integrated analysis and tuning tools improve plant results by focusing effort on the most critical issues.

"PlantTriage contains tremendous knowledge of the process and the equipment. Now, users can fully integrate that knowledge into their ERP system workflow." says George Buckbee, ExperTune's Vice President of Product Development.

The new integration tools can be applied to any of the 20 "Problem-Solver" reports that come with PlantTriage. Beyond that, users can design custom reports to pass any set of PlantTriage information, directly from a web browser interface. A flexible XML intermediary language enables users to further customize the information being passed. This new approach complements the existing capability to share data via OPC, email, and export to Microsoft Excel and Word.

John Gerry, President of ExperTune, adds, "One key to delivering bottom-line results is to use control performance data in the daily workflow at each plant. These tools streamline the workflow process, accelerating the pace of improvement."

The new tools are included in the version 10 release of ExperTune's PlantTriage software. More details can be found at http://www.planttriage.com.

About ExperTune's PlantTriage®
For 25 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software now running in thousands of plants world-wide.  PlantTriage® Control Performance Monitor oversees the optimization of an entire plant, including equipment, operations, and controls.  The PlantTriage suite of optimization tools are designed to increase the efficiency of processes.  The tools include swing or oscillation detection and elimination, interaction analysis, modeling, robustness, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency response, and PID tuning tools. ExperTune is a member of the OPC Foundation.  PlantTriage also seamlessly integrates with the ProcessApex Unit Operations Evaluator. For more information, set your browser to http://www.planttriage.com

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