Device Integration Tools Reduce Project Life-Cycle Costs
Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser are introducing new tools that allow faster system engineering, reduced risks and protection of plant assets. The integration between Endress+Hauser field devices and the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx process automation system uses open, standard technology at every level. For the controller-level network, Common Industrial Protocol (CIP)-based networks, such as EtherNet/IP, are used to provide enterprise connectivity, while process device communication protocols such as HART, Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus PA deliver device intelligence. This preferred integration allows for the creation of a cost-effective and scalable process control solution for a variety of industry applications.
Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation have invested in preferred integration by collaborating in the creation and testing of device integration tools. The tools include pre-engineered controller code, pre-configured operator faceplates and integration documentation.
The benefits of device integration tools are evident throughout the project life cycle. The time required to engineer a system is reduced to a matter of minutes with the device integration tools. Implementation is supported with step-by-step guidance on connectivity, configuration and commissioning of Endress+Hauser instrumentation in the PlantPAx system. Deploying proven device integration eliminates many requirements for special training to perform system setup. The tools provide access to instrumentation diagnostics that have always been available on the instrumentation level, but seldom used due to heavy engineering requirements. With extended diagnostic capabilities, operations and maintenance personnel are better able to monitor device performance, identify faults and take corrective actions for increased operational performance.