Automation System Integrates Process Control and Process Safety
Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System has new capabilities, including integration of ICS Triplex Trusted SIL 3 triple modular redundant (TMR) technology and the scalable AADvance process safety systems. These capabilities are said to help users avoid unplanned incidents and hazards that pose risk to personnel, assets and the environment.
The new integration allows process control and process safety systems to communicate directly with each other and share important data, such as diagnostic information, system status, alarms, events and other critical information, according to the company. This helps improve productivity, minimize troubleshooting time and provides faster recovery from interruptions without compromising safety or security.
“The comprehensive PlantPAx solution is the result of significant investments Rockwell Automation has made in process technologies,” sats Art Pietrzyk, critical process control and safety segment manager, Rockwell Automation. “This most recent expansion gives users more efficient choices to meet their safety requirements. They can choose the level of integration they want while using technology that precisely matches the SIL level and fault tolerances they need.”
The common data infrastructure allows the sharing of alarms and data over a single EtherNet/IP network while allowing for a common HMI to display the events and information across the enterprise. Based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), EtherNet/IP communicates with other CIP-based networks to provide a seamless data path from the plant floor to the IT level. With tighter integration on a common open network, EtherNet/IP helps reduce the typical network installation and support costs by up to 50%, according to the company.
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