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Agilent Technologies and Shimadzu to Exchange Chromatography Instrument Drivers

  Agilent Technologies and Shimadzu to Exchange Chromatography Instrument
  Drivers

Standardization Will Reduce Costs, Enhance Interoperability, Broaden Customer
                                    Choice

Business Wire

COLUMBIA, Md. & SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- May 29, 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) and Shimadzu Corp. today announced they
will exchange RapidControl.NET (RC.Net) instrument drivers. Shimadzu’s
adoption and support of Agilent’s RC.Net driver standard strengthens RC.Net as
an emerging open industry standard for instrument control across multiple data
systems.

Through this exchange, Shimadzu LabSolutions and Agilent OpenLAB
Chromatography Data Systems will control both manufacturers’ instruments,
providing customers more freedom of choice in instrumentation for their
laboratories, regardless of which CDS they use. In addition, customers can
preserve their investment in workflow definition and supporting operating
procedures.

“At Agilent, we are fully committed to bringing instrument control solutions
for the most popular chromatography instruments into OpenLAB CDS,” said Bruce
von Herrmann, general manager of Agilent Software and Informatics. “Our
agreement with Shimadzu represents the continued cooperation of both
companies. OpenLAB CDS customers will now be able to utilize the features and
functions of their Shimadzu instrumentation on our newest CDS product.”

“At Shimadzu, we are dedicated to providing flexible instrumentation and
software solutions for our customers,” said Masami Tomita, Shimadzu general
manager of LC Business Unit, Life Science Business Department. “We are pleased
to announce that Shimadzu instruments are now able to be controlled by Agilent
OpenLAB CDS. Our collaboration will provide a more integrated solution for
customers who require a single CDS product to provide seamless multi-vendor
control of all instruments in their laboratory. This will allow any CDS which
supports RC.Net to control our instruments. Shimadzu’s adoption and
implementation of the RC.Net standard will also enable Agilent instruments to
be controlled by Shimadzu LabSolutions CDS.”

The new Shimadzu RC.Net drivers will initially support Shimadzu’s Nexera and
Prominence HPLC lines. These drivers will be made available on Agilent’s
OpenLAB CDS later this month. Shimadzu’s LabSolutions CDS will gain the
Agilent HPLC RC.Net drivers, supporting Agilent’s 1100, 1200, 1260 and 1290
series instruments. This integration is expected to occur in August.

For GCs, the new Shimadzu RC.Net drivers will initially support Shimadzu’s
GC-2010/Plus and GC-2014 product lines in exchange for Agilent’s GC RC.Net
drivers supporting Agilent 6890, 7820 and 7890 series instruments. The
expected timing for completing this development is late 2013.

For more information about Shimadzu’s LabSolutions chromatography systems,
visit www.shimadzu.com/an/data-net.

For more information about Agilent OpenLAB CDS, visit
www.chem.agilent.com/en-US/Products-Services/Software-Informatics.

About Shimadzu Corporation

Founded in 1875, Shimadzu Corporation, a leader in the development of advanced
technologies, has a distinguished history of innovation built on the
foundation of contributing to society through science and technology. Shimadzu
maintains a global network of sales, service, technical support and
applications centers on six continents, and has established long-term
relationships with a host of highly trained distributors located in over 100
countries. For more information visit www.shimadzu.com.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company
and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics,
electronics and communications. The company’s 20,500 employees serve customers
in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal
2012. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

Contact:

Shimadzu
Kevin McLaughlin, 800-477-1227, ext. 1861
Sr. Marcom Coordinator
kgmclaughlin@shimadzu.com
or
Agilent
Eric Endicott, 408-553-2005
eric_endicott@agilent.com
 
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