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GE enables real-time control, simple interoperability and high performance for control systems with distributed I/O needs

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PACSystems with integrated real-time PROFINET, recently introduced by GE Intelligent Platforms and available through Metromatics is a global open protocol over standard Ethernet.

PACSystems with PROFINET combines open standards into a solution that creates significant value in reliability, connectivity and performance for distributed applications, setting a new standard for integration of open systems, and providing the user clear benefits now and easier migration to new technology in the future.

Companies are constantly looking for solutions that control critical infrastructure and manufacturing operations at high levels of performance. The new PACSystems with PROFINET helps customers increase production uptime, enhance asset performance and improve their reliability.

Made for businesses moving from centralised control systems to Ethernet based distributed structures, PACSystems with PROFINET provides flexible deployment that minimises hardware and configuration issues, improves application uptime with minimal cost and satisfies user demand for high performance distributed systems.

Being 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 an elegant redundancy capability to maximise uptime.

The automation industry has been working for a long time to provide real-time control over standard Ethernet for performance and infrastructure simplification.

To obtain vast adoption of Ethernet as a control network, the connected devices need to act and look like local IO, eliminating the network complexity for setup and making it easy to use everywhere without compromising performance.

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 aims to fulfil 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, utilising TCP/IP along with open IT standards.

PACSystems is all about taking open standards and making them better for targeted applications. Additionally, PROFINET provides higher performance and better access to real time plant floor data taking the worry out of volume, latency and throughput.

Advantages of combining PROFINET with PACSystems:

  • Delivers all the benefits of Ethernet systems without the complexity  
  • Name-based configuration enables solutions in just minutes 
  • Built-in switches with a choice of copper or fibre cable for direct connection eliminates need for extra hardware for connectivity 
  • Long distances allowed between I/O nodes
  • Media redundancy protocol (MRP) in a ring topology allows customers to take nodes offline for maintenance without shutting the application 
  • System redirects traffic in as low as one millisecond without disrupting I/O in the event of a wire cut 
  • Adds significantly to PACSystems’ high availability offering 

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