Alcan Selects I/Gear

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 31, 2004— I/Gear Corporation is pleased to announce that Alcan Aluminum Corporation, Primary Metal group, has acquired an enterprise site license for I/Gear DTU and I/Gear WebFramework software products for its Sebree, KY casting facility. Alcan selected I/Gear to automate the manufacturing systems of its Sebree facility. Alcan's decision supports I/Gear's approach of developing off-the-shelf integration software tools to enable customer specific solutions. While much of the manufacturing software industry strives to create an elusive one-size-fits-all offering, I/Gear continues the development of building block products that allow customers to maximize their existing control and business application investment, adding connectivity, data transport, and analysis capabilities to produce more realistic and cost effective solutions.

"I/Gear's technology is at the core of Sebree's Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Phase I provided Alcan with production monitoring including: Escalation Notification, Process Alarms, Product Genealogy and Integration of Quality Data. In addition, I/Gear is being used as a tool for Alcan's Lean Six-Sigma Continuous Improvement initiative. Phase II is presently under design," Brad Ditter, Senior Engineer/Green Belt, Alcan.

"Alcan represents another distinguished, global enterprise that has elected to utilize I/Gear's suite of products to greatly enhance their plant floor and enterprise automation," Don Korfhage, President I/Gear, Inc. I/Gear's resumes of other World Class clients include UPS, International Paper, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Dana Corporation, Delphi Corporation, Cooper Tires, The Budd Company, Accuride, and Toyota.

About Alcan

Alcan is a multinational, market-driven company and a global leader in aluminum and packaging, as well as aluminum recycling. With world-class operations in primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum as well as flexible and specialty packaging, aerospace applications, bauxite mining and alumina processing, Alcan is exceeding its customers' needs for innovative solutions and service. Alcan employs 88,000 people and has operating facilities in 63 countries.

About I/Gear DTU

I/Gear DTU enables movement of data between various systems based on time or event. DTU interfaces seamlessly with plant floor systems such as PLCs, databases, spreadsheets, ERP systems, marquees, email servers, pagers, RFID and barcode scanners, HMIs, and many other serial, Ethernet, OLEDB, ODBC and OPC compliant devices and systems.

About I/Gear WebFramework

Web Framework software converts raw plant floor data to usable information in real-time for analysis and reporting purposes. Information is presented via web browser at various levels of granularity in chart, graph, and grid formats.

About I/Gear, Inc.

Louisville, KY based I/Gear, Inc. produces software to meet varying customer needs with a common approach to connectivity, data transport, and data presentation. I/Gear products enable the deployment of various manufacturing solutions to include build-to-broadcast, error proofing, visual communication, advanced notification, traceability, and manufacturing intelligence, each based on reliable, real-time movement of data. I/Gear, Inc. is privately held.

I/Gear Corporation, Louisville
Don Korfhage, 502-423-0999 ext. 105
Fax: 502-423-8252

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