GE Fanuc Announces New RTU Controller Platform

Charlottesville, VA -- GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, announced its new PAC8000 RTU (Remote Terminal Unit) controller, a rugged, field-mountable platform. Combined with the 8000 Process I/OTM, it offers flexible system design and high system availability. A PAC8000 RTU Control system can utilize any off-the-shelf HMI package, including Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX and CIMPLICITY.

The PAC8000 RTU controller is ideal for all types of RTU applications, including oil and gas pipelines and wellheads. It is designed for use in the harshest environments, operating over a temperature range of –40°C to 70°C, and is resistant to 30g shock, 5g vibration, and G3 corrosive environments. Access to timely and accurate mission-critical information from fixed assets, such as oil and gas wells, compressor stations, pipelines, fluid storage tanks, and utility meters, can eliminate critical gaps in oil and gas operations, resulting in higher productivity and long-term growth. The PAC8000 RTU's relative low power makes it suitable for applications using solar power.

"With increasing pressure to improve operational performance, meet environmental specifications, and overcome rising energy costs, oil and gas operations must efficiently monitor and control entire processes across local and remote locations," said Jim Leatherby, Product Manager for GE Fanuc's RTU Products. The PAC8000 RTU solution enables oil and gas customers to easily monitor, diagnose, and maintain utility assets, even in the most hazardous environments."

The PAC8000 RTU controller engineering software takes advantage of Microsoft Windows-based object-oriented technology, graphical user interfaces, and easy to learn software solutions to reduce engineering time. It executes control strategies and manages all control activities for the I/O modules, providing a tight control loop response, quickly giving a control output in response to input data. It also incorporates a rigorous redundancy model, HART capability, and a fault-tolerant Ethernet implementation to manage communications on the control network and deliver reliable operation.

The PAC8000 RTU supports the industry standard DNP3 Ethernet communication protocol, as well as fully supports the five IEC 61131-3 automation languages. Any combination of ladder diagram, sequential function chart, function block diagram, structured text, instruction list, plus flow chart can be used to develop, download, simulate, debug, monitor, and edit application programs.

Redundant controllers can be used for critical applications, where the redundant controller pair operates in parallel, checking status multiple times through the processing loop and enabling the backup controller to continuously monitor the health of the master controller. It ensures a rapid and bumpless transfer to the standby controller.

In addition to controller redundancy, the PAC8000 RTU controller has two high-speed Ethernet ports to provide fault-tolerant communication. The RTU supports fault-tolerant communications to the control room SCADA; however, in the event communications are lost, the RTU can continue to operate autonomously or adopt a user-defined safe state. If the RTU continues to operate, data will be logged for transmission once communications have been restored. The control programs are held in nonvolatile memory, so they are retained in the event of a power loss. A new control program can be downloaded to a controller while the existing program is still operating. When the download is complete, the controller will automatically switch to the new program without operation interruption.

The PAC8000 RTU is designed to operate in Class I, Division 2 and Zone 2 hazardous areas and can control I/O modules that have field wiring extending into more hazardous Division 1, Zone 1 and Zone 0 areas.

For more information, visit the company's Web site.

Proficy is a registered trademark of GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About GE Enterprise Solutions
GE Enterprise Solutions elevates customers' productivity and profitability with integrated solutions using sensors and nondestructive testing; security and life safety technologies; power system protection and control; and plant automation and embedded computing systems. Enterprise Solutions' high-tech, high-growth businesses include Sensing & Inspection Technologies, Security, Digital Energy, and GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. The business has 17,000 problem-solving employees in more than 60 countries around the world.

About GE Fanuc
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric C. and Fanuc Ltd. of Japan, is an experienced high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, and expertise in automation and embedded computing. We offer a unique foundation of agile, advanced, and ultra-reliable technology that provides customers a sustainable advantage in the industries they serve, including energy, water, consumer packaged goods, government & defense, and telecommunications. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions.

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