GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms , a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, have announced that GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ PAC8000 SafetyNet has been approved by TUV for applications requiring the handling of safety and process control data in the same controller.
In addition, the availability of a new 24V DC power supply extends the locations where SafetyNet systems can be implemented. According to Dave Reynolds, Product Marketing Manager, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, the customers are under ever-increasing pressures to comply with safety regulations to protect themselves, their plant assets and their communities.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms have heard from customers who have smaller scale applications that require an emergency shutdown system along with a limited amount of process control as well. This new release of PAC8000 SafetyNet allows those customers to handle safety and process control data in a single controller for SIL2 applications.
The cost of using two controllers, one for safety and one for process control, raises project costs. To address this, GE Fanuc have obtained approval for SafetyNet to be used in applications with safety and process control data. A safety engineer should evaluate the application and assess that the use of process control data in the SafetyNet controller does not impact any of the safety functions. PAC8000 SafetyNet offers static analyser tools to identify all instances of the use of non-safety data in the safety controller, helping the safety engineer complete their review.
Functional safety systems are sometimes required in remote applications where standard 115/240V AC power may not be available. To address this need, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms have released a TUV-approved 24V DC power supply for SafetyNet enabling the system to be easily used in applications where AC power is not available, including remote shipboard and offshore applications. The power supply is intended for rugged environments where temperatures can range from -40°C to +70°C, is Class 1, Division 2 and Zone 2 rated. It contains two isolated 12V outputs for redundant applications, and provides for surge and transient protection.