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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announces PAC8000 controllers

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions,announced the availability of its PAC8000 controllers. Proficy ProcessSystems with PAC8000 controllers presents customers with a DistributedControl System (DCS). With a broad process control function blocklibrary, peer-to-peer communications between controllers, the abilityto handle program and I/O changes on the fly, HART pass through, andredundancy, the controllers provide the ideal platform for acontemporary DCS solution.

Process industries such as oil & gas, petrochemical, biofuels,and power demand systems that offer high availability control, assetmanagement solutions and intrinsically safe I/O for hazardous areaneeds and provide an integrated solution for both process automationand functional safety needs. The PAC8000 controllers provide all ofthis capability, and when combined with GE Fanuc's breakthrough processsolution, Proficy Process Systems, will provide customers with a ruggedDCS system with unmatched flexibility and an ability to tailor acontrol solution to their specific application requirements.

The PAC8000 controllers provide for tight control loop response andhave a broad process control function block library available. They areopen controllers allowing customers the flexibility to create processsolutions.

In addition to the new PAC8000 controllers, GE Fanuc also introducedProficy Process Systems ” Premier Edition and Proficy Process Systems “Standard Edition. The Standard Edition provides a robust processcontrol system that is both cost effective and leverages GE Fanuc'scontemporary technology. The Premier Edition provides full DCS controland optimization capability such as change management and advancedhistorization and analytics.

PAC8000 controllerscan be field mounted and subjected to extremes, including thefollowing:

  • -40°C to +70°C operating range
  • ISA Level G3 corrosion
  • 30G shock and 5G vibration
  • Operation in Class I, Division 2 and Zone2 hazardous areas with field wiring extending into Division 1 and Zone1/0 areas

PAC8000 controllers can pass HART information from smart field devicesto a computer running device asset management software, allowing forremote maintenance and calibration. HART data and diagnostics can alsobe used directly in control applications.

Application availability is improved with controller redundancy andredundant controllers are housed in the same carrier for a smallerfootprint. Redundant controllers operate in parallel, checking statusmultiple times throughout the processing loop, enabling the backupcontroller to continuously monitor the health of the master controller,thereby assuring a rapid and bumpless change over, when required. Aredundant controller is also capable of receiving a firmware upgrade inthe field.

Network redundancy helps assure stable and consistent communications.The controller has two high-speed Ethernet ports that use faulttolerant ethernet for redundant communications. Each port can beconnected to an independent LAN and is continuously monitored for itsintegrity. If the primary port detects a network failure, traffic isswitched to the other LAN to maintain communications.

The PAC8000 workbench contains engineering tools that provide anintegrated project development environment coupled with developmentmodules, tools, and a comprehensive set of diagnostic utilities. Thisdevelopment environment centralizes project engineering including I/O(Instrument Index) and control strategy configuration. A comprehensivefunction block diagram library for addressing advanced process controlrequirements is provided. And, all five IEC 61131-3 programminglanguages (ladder logic diagram, structured text, instruction list,sequential sunction shart and function block diagram) plus flow chartare supported.

For more information: www.gefanuc.com/process.

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