GE Intelligent Platforms has released its PACSystems High Availability with Profinet System to enable customers to configure, maintain and run mission critical facilities or operations easily.
Expanding the company’s high availability control platform, the new system provides a single point of connect for system configuration, while all remote input/output nodes can be configured from one central location, regardless of their distance from the computer processing units (CPUs). The system can be used by companies across a broad range of industries including the power, transportation, water and wastewater, mining, and oil and gas sectors.
“In today’s connected world, companies must increasingly rely on automation architecture that is redundant, flexible, operates in remote configurations and provides for information insight to boost reliability,” said Bernie Anger, general manager for GE Intelligent Platforms Control and Communications Systems. “With PACSystems High Availability with Profinet, we have dramatically simplified the complexity and reduced the cost involved with a high availability control solution. This helps companies achieve new levels of performance and confidence in the continuous operation of critical facilities and processes.”
The PACSystems High Availability with Profinet System has built-in Ethernet switches and media converters to provide point-to-point plug-in connectivity, while the customer can use their cable of choice on a node-by-node basis based on the environment and distance. In addition, users can set up a system, replicate it with a command to the second CPU and start using it. This lowers costs and reduces setup time.
Anger said: “With fewer external devices to purchase, fewer external devices to configure and fewer spare parts to maintain, this can eliminate up to 30% of the cost of the installation with recurring savings throughout the solution’s lifespan.”
The standards-based systems also provides multiple levels of real time control and delivers coverage for discrete and process applications. It has a high speed failover feature, which helps to improve production quality by ensuring the user is running on the latest system inputs.
In addition, users can conduct system maintenance or schedule device checking without taking the system offline, saving time and money. Flexible diagnostics also supply important data about the network topology and the status of all devices to facilitate cross-vendor, location-specific diagnostics.
“Connected machines, connected data and insights, and connected people are must-haves today,” said Anger. “The industry has to support this shift from hardwired legacy systems to a streamlined architecture that is easier to use and maintain, provides greater insight and ultimately delivers more value.”
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