For manufacturers looking to better integrate process control and process safety applications, the 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 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. This helps improve productivity, minimise troubleshooting time and provides faster recovery from interruptions without compromising safety or secu-rity. The integration between ICS Triplex safety platforms(SIS, safety instrumented systems) and the PlantPAx process control system (BPCS, basic process control system) is ideal for petroleum, heavy chemical and other applications that require separation between process safety and process control, but also want to leverage the benefits of a single network, architecture and information platform. 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 per cent. In addition to reduced costs, the seamless CIP integration helps reduce the engineering time and effort it takes to integrate BPCS and SIS by up to two days when compared to traditional methods, such as OPC. With the PlantPAx system software, customers have the additional benefit of device management for sensors, instruments, drives, valves and other assets, which can be configured in minutes.
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