Shrink-wrapped auto software goes bundled

An industry shake-up looks likely following Wonderware’s announcement that it’s bundling its complete family of Windows-based automation software products into just two integrated shrink-wrapped packages for Windows NT v4.0 – and radically changing its pricing. Dubbed FactorySuite and FactorySuite Plus, both are on CD-ROM with full development and run-time versions, plus electronic tutorials and documentation. […]

An industry shake-up looks likely following Wonderware’s announcement that it’s bundling its complete family of Windows-based automation software products into just two integrated shrink-wrapped packages for Windows NT v4.0 – and radically changing its pricing.

Dubbed FactorySuite and FactorySuite Plus, both are on CD-ROM with full development and run-time versions, plus electronic tutorials and documentation. Don Allen, director of corporate relations, said: `The move mimics Microsoft’s Office and BackOffice bundled offerings. Now, manufacturing engineers will have integrated application development tools covering the entire spectrum of plant floor usage’.

FactorySuite includes: Wonderware’s InTouch SCADA (v5.6 and 6.0 for 95 and NT, plus the FactoryFocus view node); InControl soft logic; IndustrialSQL Server; Scout remote Internet/intranet visualisation tools; and the full range of drivers.

FactorySuite Plus adds the InBatch 4.2 flexible batch management system and InTrack production management and tracking. Pricing is £10,500 and £12,500 respectively. As you configure applications, you simply buy any extra run-time products you need – costing £500-£2,000.

Users with InTouch PDK will automatically get the FactorySuite package. Also you can upgrade any InTouch development system to the new suite for £2,450. There’s also a new licence manager which gets rid of the old dongle nuisance.

Shipping is scheduled for next month. More information on http://www.wonderware.com. To download Internet products go to http://scout.wonderware.com.

* Wonderware is setting up in the UK next month on its 10th anniversary. The company, located in Guildford, will handle distribution support for the UK (via Pantek), Scandinavia and NW Europe; its Amsterdam office is being closed. Munich, Germany will run central Europe support; Italy will cover Southern Europe.