AspenTech Selects SL-GMS J/Developer and Custom Editor for its Manufacturing Suite

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CORTE MADERA, CA – February 12, 2001 – SL Corporation, a provider of software and service solutions for the development of real-time graphical user interfaces, today announced that Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) has chosen SL Corporation’s dynamic graphics technology for integration into the company’s Aspen Manufacturing Suite. SL Corporation’s SL-GMS J/Developer and Custom Editor, two segments of the SL-GMS line of unified graphical solutions, were selected because they enable the creation of advanced diagramming functionality and deliver leading customization flexibility for dynamic graphic displays for Web applications. The capability to import graphics from existing Aspen Manufacturing Suite applications was also a key element in the decision. Customers will be able to leverage existing technology investments and Web-enable their manufacturing applications.

“SL Corporation has been providing AspenTech with graphical technology solutions for more than two years, so it was a natural transition to use the company’s customizable graphical interface solution for our Manufacturing Suite,” said Steve Williams, vice president of technology and products for AspenTech. “The Java-based functionality found in SL-GMS J/Developer complements our overall goal to help companies Web-enable their entire enterprise and provides our customers with the ability to quickly prototype and deploy applications to support their e-business initiatives.”

The Aspen Manufacturing Suite is comprised of three product families that provide improved operations workflow, optimization and automation of plant processes. AspenTech is incorporating the SL-GMS J/Developer and Custom Editor into its Manufacturing Suite to allow the development of specific interface screens that will enable operators to view and control plant data from any location.

“SL Corporation is very excited to be part of a new era that combines the traditional manufacturing process with Web-based ebusiness,” said Tom Lubinski, founder and CEO of SL Corporation. “We look forward to being an integral part of AspenTech’s eBusiness initiatives that enable enterprises in the process industries to integrate, automate, and optimize their strategic business processes using the Internet.” SL-GMS J/Developer delivers a comprehensive solution set for creating state-of-the-art graphical interfaces and consists of a variety of components, including the SL-GMSDraw Dynamic Graphic Editor, SL-GMS Code Generator and Run-Time Library for Java™, application framework, industry-specific application examples and tools for Java. For added versatility, SL-GMSDraw enables AspenTech to assign graphical dynamic behaviors to its application-specific, customized icons instead of vendor-limited graphic libraries.

About AspenTech
Aspen Technology, Inc. is the leading supplier of integrated software and solutions that enable process manufacturers to automate and optimize their plants and extended supply chains, while enabling e-business. With deep process knowledge, best-in-class technology, and strategic alliances with leading business and technology partners, AspenTech offers the industry’s broadest family of scaleable solutions, allowing our customers to be successful in the Internet economy. AspenTech’s Plantelligence™ solutions automate and optimize critical business processes at the plant level. AspenTech’s Enterprise Optimization™ solutions extend the scope of optimization across the enterprise and extended supply chain. AspenTech eSupply Chain solutions enable manufacturers to link seamlessly to customers, suppliers and on-line trading exchanges, creating a collaborative, flexible extended enterprise. AspenTech employs more than 1,800 people worldwide.

About SL Corporation
Founded in 1983, SL Corporation (Sherrill-Lubinski Corporation) provides software and service solutions for the development of real-time graphical and user interfaces. SL-GMS (Graphical Modeling System) is embedded by OEMs and integrators in systems for Network Operating Centers (NOCs) and Advanced Control Rooms.

Since its launch in 1985, SL-GMS has been proven in a range of highly interactive and event-driven environments. Platforms supported include nearly all varieties of UNIX, WIN32, RedHat Linux and OpenVMS operating systems. UNIX platforms include Solaris, HPUX, SGI Irix, Compaq Tru64, AIX, SCO UNIX, SGI, and the QNX realtime operating system. OpenVMS platforms include OpenVMS on both Alpha and VAX workstations. WIN32 platforms include Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows 2000 on Intel workstations.

SL-GMS has licensed over 40,000 applications worldwide and is utilized throughout the process control, telecommunications network management, transportation control, energy management, satellite telemetry and aerospace industries. Seven of the top ten process automation companies use SL-GMS, including ABB, Invensys and Honeywell-Hispec. Other Customer implementations of SL-GMS technology include Harris Corporation (NYSE-HRS), Objective Systems Integrators (OSI) (NASDAQ:OSII) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). These customer collaborations also serve to stimulate the development of new functionality and enhancements to the evolving line of SL-GMS solutions. For additional information, contact SL Corporation, 240 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Phone: 415.927.8400; Email: Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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