Listen in: 100 innovative years, Invensys celebrates Foxboro

Invensys Process Systems (IPS) is honoring 100 years of Foxboro innovation in a June 24 celebration at the IPS manufacturing plant in Foxboro, MA. Timeline, soundbite, photos, future visions ....


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Foxboro, MA– Invensys Process Systems (IPS) is honoring 100 years of Foxboro innovation in a June 24 celebration at the IPS manufacturing plant in Foxboro, MA. At that Neponset Street location, brothers E.H. and B.B. Bristol started Foxboro in 1908, moving three businesses to an empty factory there.

Paulett Eberhart, IPS president and chief executive officer

Listen in: Paulett Eberhart, IPS president and chief executive officer, tells Control Engineering about the importance of history for the present and the future of process control. (MP3 audio file run time: 3:21.)
More than 1,000 employees, retirees, and other dignitaries and guests are expected to participate in festivities. IPS offers consulting, services, and a proven portfolio of specialized offerings from the legacy brands of Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, and Avantis, Eberhart noted, praising employees, current and former. The company unveiled a a more unified online presence for the brands, effective June 1, 2008.
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Jack Souza, IPS vice president, directs manufacturing and operations in Foxboro

Jack Souza, IPS vice president, who directs manufacturing and operations in Foxboro , says, “Foxboro automation has been setting the industry standard for 100 years and our experts have contributed numerous innovations to the industry. Now with more than 50,000 customers worldwide, the Foxboro brand and our people are known throughout the world for quality, reliability and innovation. We should also be very proud that the technology and innovation that started here are playing an important part in the long-term success of IPS and Invensys as a whole.”
Excerpts from Foxboro history include the following.
1908 Brothers E.H. and B.B. Bristol began as the Industrial Instrument Co. and renamed the company Foxboro in 1914.
1909 First multiple pen temperature recorder.
1910 First shipped products include round case pressure gauges and temperature recorders.
1915 Buick, Edison, Ford, Firestone are among customers.
1920s First direct set pneumatic controller and
1930s Pyrometer controller and Verigraph, Rotax electromechanical contact control, and flowmeters proliferate in gas fields of Southwest.
1940s First direct-reading dewpoint temperature recorder, and home-grown Dynalog for low electomotive force measurements. Company helped with WWII torpedo mechanisms.
1950s First successful magnetric flowmeter, controller with derivative action, all solid state electronic controller.
1960s M9700 process computer, first feedforward control installed to refinery distillation colmn, first direct digital contol system, bumpless/balanceless transfer between manual and automatic.
1970s First true distributed control system, Spec 200; Fox 1 computer offers variable function keyboard; Nitinol motor provides closer view of process; Ferrograph measures bearing oil online to predict failures and wear.
1990s I/O replacement cards end need for rewiring; Foxboro and SAP certify first interface to an ERP system. In 1990 Siebe plc buys Foxboro, and in 1999 Siebe and British Tire and Rubber merged to form Invensys plc.

Invensys Process Systems employees John Biagioni and Mike Godek give IPS president and CEO Paulett Eberhart with a golden transmitter in honor of 100 year anniversary of the Foxboro brand.

2000-08 Next generation I/A Series workstation; first Coriolis mass flow system for two-phase gas/liquid flows; InFusion, first Enterprise Control System; and the
Near vision of future : Enhanced real-time HMI, immersive 3D environments enhance visibility and understanding; semiconductors create electricity directly from processes waste heat; nanotechnologies enhance distributed sensing, batteries, and wireless control.
And beyond : Interstellar manufacturing will include virtual participation, electromagnetic freeways, radiation-free fusion electricity generation; fully automated, diagnosing and self-repairing process manufacturing.
Invensys formed IPS by combining Avantis, Foxboro, Triconex, and SimSci-Esscor businesses. IPS works with clients to integrate automation, simulation and operations management technologies that help clients execute business strategies. IPS, based in Plano, TX, has nearly 7,000 employees and is part of Invensys, which employs about 25,000. For fiscal year 2006-2007, IPS reported sales of approximately $1.6 billion, about 30% of total Invensys sales.
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