GE Enables Real-Time Control, Simple Interoperability and High Performance for Control Systems with Distributed I/O Needs
GE Intelligent Platforms has launched PACSystems with integrated real-time PROFINET, a global open protocol over standard Ethernet. This new product combines open standards into a solution that creates value in reliability, connectivity and performance. PACSystems with PROFINET provides flexible deployment that minimizes hardware and configuration issues, improves application uptime with minimal costs and satisfies user demand for high performance, distributed systems.
PACSystems with PROFINET is made for businesses moving from centralized control systems to Ethernet based distributed structures. A high speed network with the ability to drop large amounts of I/O without compromising performance, PACSystems with PROFINET can operate in high-noise areas and cover large distances in real time with a redundancy capability to maximize uptime.
Utilizing PROFINET combined with PACSystems, GE is providing all of the benefits of an Ethernet system without the complexity. Name-based configuration enables solutions in a shorter time. Built-in switches with a choice of copper or fiber cable types for direct connection means that no extra hardware is needed for connectivity, allowing long distances between I/O nodes and increased reliability. The adoption of MRP (media redundancy protocol) in a ring topology allows customers to take nodes offline for maintenance without ever shutting the application. In the event of a wire cut, the system redirects traffic in as low as one millisecond without disrupting I/O. PACSystems is known for its high availability offering and the PROFINET extensions add to that capability.
Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group, commented,. "Multi-disciplined automation platforms require real-time, open standards-based connectivity, not only to devices on the plant floor, but also to production management systems that share data and information throughout the enterprise. PACSystems with integrated PROFINET appears to fulfill this market requirement by providing a plug-n-play solution to deploy real-time industrial Ethernet-based communications at all levels of the manufacturing enterprise, utilizing TCP/IP along with open IT standards."