National Instruments and Siemens Announce Cooperative Initiative; Companies To Work in Unison to Develop Measurement and Automation Solutions

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Instruments

    AUSTIN, Texas, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) and the Automation and Drives Group of
 Siemens AG (NYSE:   SI) today announced a cooperative effort to develop
 measurement and automation solutions for a wide range of applications
 requiring precise measurement and control of manufacturing processes.  The
 announcement was made at the annual industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
     The working relationship brings together Siemens strength in manufacturing
 automation and control with the leadership of NI in automated test and
 measurement.  Officials from both companies said that this initiative is aimed
 at enabling engineers to make more sophisticated measurements on their
 processes and to feed that information back to their control systems.  In
 turn, they can make more informed decisions that ultimately improve overall
 manufacturing quality and efficiency.
     "For many years, NI has embarked on a strategy of taking measurement
 technology to more diverse applications and industries," said John Graff, NI
 Vice President of Marketing.  "Now, engineers in industries ranging from
 semiconductor to automotive can improve their overall manufacturing efficiency
 using these well integrated solutions from Siemens and NI."
     Siegfried Oblasser, Siemens Vice President of SIMATIC Systems added,
 "together, we can offer well integrated industrial measurement solutions to a
 broad array of industries that already benefit from Siemens control systems."
     The initiative begins with integration of National Instruments PC-based
 industrial measurement products and Siemens leading SIMATIC WinAC PC-based
 manufacturing automation systems.  With time, NI and Siemens plan to develop
 higher-level measurement and automation solutions that span the entire length
 of a factory floor or other production facility.
     With the first step of this cooperative initiative, engineers can use
 WinAC with NI measurement and signal conditioning hardware to create
 higher-speed control applications that monitor the condition and performance
 of factory floor equipment.
     Using WinAC control software with standard PCs, industrial computers, or
 PXI(TM) systems, engineers can use Siemens STEP 7 programming software to
 develop control applications that run on a PC with Windows NT.  STEP 7 is the
 standard software environment used for programming all Siemens SIMATIC
 hardware, including PLCs, PCs, and operator panels.
     NI also is developing an application for its LabVIEW(TM) graphical
 development environment to communicate with Siemens WinAC control software.
 LabVIEW is among the world's most innovative software for measurement
 applications.  Engineers using WinAC now can integrate advanced, high-speed
 measurements from LabVIEW into their control applications.  With WinAC for
 control and LabVIEW for higher-speed measurement and monitoring, such as
 vibration analysis, engineers can perform machine control and monitoring in a
 more integrated fashion.
     For more information about the cooperative initiative between NI and
 Siemens, visit ni.com/siemens.  NI and Siemens are demonstrating on Monday how
 their products work together at Hannover Messe, which includes a world fair
 for mechanical and electrical engineers working in factory automation.  As
 many as 185,000 people from around the world were expected to attend the fair.
 
     About NI
     NI leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers
 and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation
 solutions.  Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 2,600 employees
 and direct sales offices in more than 35 countries.  NI is increasing the
 productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-
 integrate software and modular hardware.  In fiscal year 2000, NI recorded its
 24th consecutive year of double-digit growth with net revenue totaling
 $410 million.  For the past two consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named
 NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
     NI investment information may be obtained from the Company's Investor
 Relations Department on the Web at ni.com/nati, by sending e-mail to
 nati@ni.com, or by calling (512) 683-5090.
 
     About Siemens A&D
     The Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D), Nuremberg/Erlangen,
 Germany, is the leading manufacturer in this field worldwide.  Products
 supplied by Siemens A&D include standard products for the manufacturing and
 process industries and for the electrical installation industry, as well as
 system solutions, for example for machine tools, and solutions for whole
 industries such as the automation of entire automobile factories or chemical
 plants.  Supplementing this range of products and services, A&D also offers
 software tools for linking production and management (vertical IT
 integration).  A&D employs 54,000 people worldwide and in fiscal year 2000 (to
 September 30) earned a pre-tax profit of 872 million Euro on sales of
 7.9 billion Euro and orders of 8.2 billion Euro.
 
     Product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their
 respective companies.
 
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                        National Instruments      Siemens
                        (512) 683-5731            (770) 751-2241
 
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    AUSTIN, Texas, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) and the Automation and Drives Group of
 Siemens AG (NYSE:   SI) today announced a cooperative effort to develop
 measurement and automation solutions for a wide range of applications
 requiring precise measurement and control of manufacturing processes.  The
 announcement was made at the annual industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
     The working relationship brings together Siemens strength in manufacturing
 automation and control with the leadership of NI in automated test and
 measurement.  Officials from both companies said that this initiative is aimed
 at enabling engineers to make more sophisticated measurements on their
 processes and to feed that information back to their control systems.  In
 turn, they can make more informed decisions that ultimately improve overall
 manufacturing quality and efficiency.
     "For many years, NI has embarked on a strategy of taking measurement
 technology to more diverse applications and industries," said John Graff, NI
 Vice President of Marketing.  "Now, engineers in industries ranging from
 semiconductor to automotive can improve their overall manufacturing efficiency
 using these well integrated solutions from Siemens and NI."
     Siegfried Oblasser, Siemens Vice President of SIMATIC Systems added,
 "together, we can offer well integrated industrial measurement solutions to a
 broad array of industries that already benefit from Siemens control systems."
     The initiative begins with integration of National Instruments PC-based
 industrial measurement products and Siemens leading SIMATIC WinAC PC-based
 manufacturing automation systems.  With time, NI and Siemens plan to develop
 higher-level measurement and automation solutions that span the entire length
 of a factory floor or other production facility.
     With the first step of this cooperative initiative, engineers can use
 WinAC with NI measurement and signal conditioning hardware to create
 higher-speed control applications that monitor the condition and performance
 of factory floor equipment.
     Using WinAC control software with standard PCs, industrial computers, or
 PXI(TM) systems, engineers can use Siemens STEP 7 programming software to
 develop control applications that run on a PC with Windows NT.  STEP 7 is the
 standard software environment used for programming all Siemens SIMATIC
 hardware, including PLCs, PCs, and operator panels.
     NI also is developing an application for its LabVIEW(TM) graphical
 development environment to communicate with Siemens WinAC control software.
 LabVIEW is among the world's most innovative software for measurement
 applications.  Engineers using WinAC now can integrate advanced, high-speed
 measurements from LabVIEW into their control applications.  With WinAC for
 control and LabVIEW for higher-speed measurement and monitoring, such as
 vibration analysis, engineers can perform machine control and monitoring in a
 more integrated fashion.
     For more information about the cooperative initiative between NI and
 Siemens, visit ni.com/siemens.  NI and Siemens are demonstrating on Monday how
 their products work together at Hannover Messe, which includes a world fair
 for mechanical and electrical engineers working in factory automation.  As
 many as 185,000 people from around the world were expected to attend the fair.
 
     About NI
     NI leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers
 and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation
 solutions.  Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 2,600 employees
 and direct sales offices in more than 35 countries.  NI is increasing the
 productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-
 integrate software and modular hardware.  In fiscal year 2000, NI recorded its
 24th consecutive year of double-digit growth with net revenue totaling
 $410 million.  For the past two consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named
 NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
     NI investment information may be obtained from the Company's Investor
 Relations Department on the Web at ni.com/nati, by sending e-mail to
 nati@ni.com, or by calling (512) 683-5090.
 
     About Siemens A&D
     The Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D), Nuremberg/Erlangen,
 Germany, is the leading manufacturer in this field worldwide.  Products
 supplied by Siemens A&D include standard products for the manufacturing and
 process industries and for the electrical installation industry, as well as
 system solutions, for example for machine tools, and solutions for whole
 industries such as the automation of entire automobile factories or chemical
 plants.  Supplementing this range of products and services, A&D also offers
 software tools for linking production and management (vertical IT
 integration).  A&D employs 54,000 people worldwide and in fiscal year 2000 (to
 September 30) earned a pre-tax profit of 872 million Euro on sales of
 7.9 billion Euro and orders of 8.2 billion Euro.
 
     Product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their
 respective companies.
 
      Editor Contacts:  Kathleen Fisher           Marc Marton
                        National Instruments      Siemens
                        (512) 683-5731            (770) 751-2241
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X42192288
 
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