Ever wonder how manufacturers manage their factory operations? Wonderware, an operating unit of London-based
, provides industrial automation software used to collect, display, and manage information from the factory floor in order to optimize production processes. Its products include a graphical interface to display operations data and allow plant operators to control process equipment. The company also offers simulation software that allows plant managers to test new processes and configurations. It serves a wide range of industries including oil and gas, pharmaceutical, energy, manufacturing, and chemicals. Clients have included
Royal Dutch Shell
and Canadian nuclear power company Bruce Power.
Wonderware is part of Invensys' software business, which includes SimSci (process design, simulation and optimisation software) and Avantis (asset management software).
Wonderware has core domestic operations in California, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Another 15 international offices are located in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.
Sales and Marketing
Wonderware sells directly to manufacturers that embed its software in their industrial machinery. The company also works with a network of 150 resellers and supports partnership programs for independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators.
Many of its 40,000 global customers include
, and PVC Compounders. Altogether the company claims about 35% of the world's manufacturing plants use Wonderware software.
Inspired by an early computer game called Pinball Construction Set, software designer Dennis Morin started Wonderware in 1987 to design automation tools that had the flexibility and ease of use of a computer game.