ClassicAutomation opens first independent market venue for control system parts and support

Rochester, NY, May 8, 2003 – ClassicAutomation has launched a collaborative market and support site dedicated to helping the automation community lower total cost of ownership, extend system life, and manage the migration to new technology.

“Supporting legacy control systems is a crucial issue among today’s automation end users who are trying to drive more out of existing assets in the plant. Control system replacement is hard to justify. Usually, lower TCO and better ease of use do not justify replacement, and there is an increasing need for cost effective sources of legacy system replacement components,” states Larry O’Brien, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group.

ClassicAutomation serves the $65 billion (ARC estimated) global installed base of older automation systems. ClassicAutomation addresses:

“- The necessity for automation system users to get the most out of their maintenance budgets, especially in tough economic times.
“- The limited availability of replacement parts for older systems from traditional sources.
“- The need for parts and support service providers to reach the worldwide market in a cost effective manner.

Fritz Ruebeck, a former global Vice-President of instrumentation and control product service for a major automation vendor founded ClassicAutomation. The site includes an international guide of organizations that can provide support for specific systems, web log message boards on each major control system vendor, and information on maintenance and migration. “Our mission is to meet the needs of the classic automation community. We will continue to add functionality and content to the site to meet community needs. We welcome feedback on how we can improve,” said Ruebeck.

To bring users the best in collaborative market technology, ClassicAutomation has partnered with PLANGlobal, a division of Empire First. PLANGlobal’s technology enables efficient buying and selling within a specific business community. The technology provides secure transactions, buyer protection and the market features needed by the automation community such as being able to use purchase orders and search by part number.

About ClassicAutomation:
ClassicAutomation (Rochester, NY) is a division of Marula LLC. It provides a worldwide automation market and support venue to lower total cost of ownership, extend system life, and manage the migration to new technology.

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