Phoenix Contact and ECT Implement Strategic Partnership
Brookfield, WI, September 17, 2003, ECT International, the market leader in electrical design software, has implemented product changes in a strategic partnership with Phoenix Contact Inc., a market leader in electronic components and connection systems. The partnership is designed to provide greater convenience and increased product access for customers of both companies.

ECT's promis•e® electrical design software now ships with a parts database that includes over 600 Phoenix Contact electrical/electronic DIN-rail mounted products including terminal blocks, relays, signal conditioning modules, input/output modules, transient protection devices, power supplies, and distributed automation I/O systems. A library of related symbols is also included. The database and symbol library will be circulated on the Number 2 CD-ROM to all existing users of the design software package. The Phoenix Contact parts data and symbols also will be available as a download from both companies' web sites and new parts drawing requests will be added as ongoing updates. The new database will be demonstrated jointly by both companies at the ISA Show in Houston, TX from 21 to 23 October.

"The addition of the Phoenix Contact parts data and symbols are a great convenience to users of our software," said Arthur Sawall, President of ECT International. "By providing a ready-to-use database and symbol library for such widely used products, we save the user from having to enter this information. This can save hundreds of hours of data entry and symbol creation time."

"This partnership will allow our customers to work more efficiently and effectively with our many innovative products and provide tremendous savings in time and resources in electrical and automation designs. With features like error checking, automatic Bill Of Material creation, wire numbering, and ongoing enhancements, the promis•e software is well suited to supporting the sales and marketing activities of Phoenix Contact," states Arnold Offner, Product Marketing Manager at Phoenix Contact.

ECT International, Inc. is a developer of control system design software located in Brookfield, WI. Phoenix Contact Inc. is a leading manufacturer of electronic components and connection systems, with U.S. headquarters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario and world headquarters in Blomberg, Germany. Phoenix Contact serves a wide variety of customers in the process, machine tool, automotive, industrial controls and material handling industries