GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms , a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, have announced the availability of a new Profibus-DP Bus Interface Module for their line of 8000 general purpose and intrinsically safe I/O.
Jim Leatherby, Product Manager, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms said that the new Profibus Bus Interface Module (BIM) provides the interface between a Profibus-DP master and up to 32 8000 process I/O modules. It is designed to the Profibus DPv1 standard, which supports both cyclic and acyclic communications, and a pair of BIMs can be used in a redundant configuration providing for increased reliability and uptime.
Dave Reynolds, Product Marketing Manager, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ Process Solutions said that the Profibus BIM is about the size of an I/O module, reducing the overall footprint of the system and saving customers on cabinetry and installation costs.
The new Profibus BIM supports the pass through of HART variable and status data with 8-channel HART AI or AO modules. Communications to instrument management software, including AMS and FDT- based packages, is over Ethernet. The FDT applications are supported through DTM software provided by GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. Through this interface, access to all of the smart features of HART devices, calibration and maintenance history for individually addressable devices, and an instrument database, are available to instrument management software packages.