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Form Automation Solutions Expands Distribution Network: Gray Matter Systems expects strong demand for AuditMatic

DALLAS, Dec. 10, 2008 – Gray Matter Systems, a leading value-added reseller of GE Fanuc and other factory automation solutions, has been selected as a distributor for AuditMatic™ -- the mobile worker data-collection software from Form Automation Solutions, Inc. (FAS).

Gray Matter, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, has a significant market presence in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Florida, and in all of Canada. It will be the primary sales outlet to the industrial marketplace for FAS in those five states and Canada, said Stephen Woram, founder and president of FAS.

AuditMatic replaces the traditional clipboard-and-pen data-gathering tools used by production workers who are not tethered to a computer at a fixed location. AuditMatic software runs on hand-held computers and smart phones based on the Windows Mobile operating system. It is designed to provide mobile workers with contextual decision support and new data collection options such as photo and location capture while they perform their data collection rounds.

Data collected using AuditMatic can be shared with HMI, DCS and other back-end systems to eliminate the costs, errors, and delays inherent in transcription of paper forms. First introduced in 2006, AuditMatic has been adopted by a wide range of manufacturing companies.

“We are pleased to announce our alliance with FAS because AuditMatic fills a critical need in the marketplace for manufacturing automation solutions,” said James Gillespie, president of Gray Matter. “The human element is and will continue to be critically important in all manufacturing and utility operations. AuditMatic helps companies gain maximum value and productivity from their front-line workers as they make their rounds and collect data from non-instrumented equipment. With AuditMatic, FAS is well-positioned as manufacturing companies and utilities intensively look for opportunities to automate processes and do more with less.”

“We are proud to be associated with Gray Matter,” Woram said. “With a solid sales team and knowledgeable technical support engineers, Gray Matter is exactly the type of organization best suited to offer the AuditMatic product. We look forward to a great relationship.”

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About Form Automation Solutions, Inc.
Form Automation Solutions, Inc. is focused on automation of mobile worker data collection and task management. Its flagship product, AuditMatic™ is a unique and innovative solution for replacing traditional paper-based data collection and reporting using mobile computing technology. Founded in Dallas in 2004, FAS helps companies lower labor and operational costs while providing mobile workers with comprehensive decision support tools to ensure best practices are followed in the field. For more information, visit www.auditmatic.com.

About Gray Matter Systems
Gray Matter Systems is a Sales, Support, Engineering and Educational Service Company. Its solutions automate manufacturing and utility operations and deliver real-time plant production data to other systems. Gray Matter bridges the gap between real-time-data manufacturing systems and transactional business information systems. Gray Matter solutions are based on commercially available, off-the-shelf software and hardware, which it augments with partners and services based on the particular customer requirement. For more information, visit www.graymattersystems.com.
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