GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Announces PAC8000 Controllers Providing DCS Functionality and Increased Flexibility of Proficy® Process Systems

Latest addition to GE Fanuc controller family improves performance and productivity in DCS process applications

New Premier and Standard editions of Proficy Process Systems allow customers to design and implement process control to meet their needs

Charlottesville, VA, June 10, 2009    GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, today announced the availability of its PAC8000 controllers. Proficy Process Systems with PAC8000 controllers presents customers with a powerful and flexible Distributed Control System (DCS).   With a broad process control function block library, peer-to-peer communications between controllers, the ability to handle program and I/O changes on the fly, HART pass through, and redundancy, the controllers provide the ideal platform for a contemporary DCS solution. These systems will improve operational performance and productivity and provide customers with a sustainable advantage for their business.
Process industries such as Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Biofuels, and Power demand systems that offer high availability control, asset management solutions and intrinsically safe I/O for hazardous area needs and provide an integrated solution for both process automation and functional safety needs. The PAC8000 controllers provide all of this capability, and when combined with GE Fanuc’s breakthrough process solution, Proficy® Process Systems, will provide customers with a rugged DCS system with unmatched flexibility and an ability to tailor a control solution to their specific application requirements. 
The PAC8000 controllers provide for tight control loop response and have a broad process control function block library available. They are open controllers allowing customers the flexibility to create process solutions. 
In addition to the new PAC8000 controllers, GE Fanuc also introduced Proficy Process Systems – Premier Edition and Proficy Process Systems – Standard Edition.   The Standard Edition provides a robust process control system that is both cost effective and leverages GE Fanuc’s contemporary technology. The Premier Edition provides full DCS control and optimization capability such as Change Management and advanced historization and analytics. 
“When we launched Proficy Process Systems in 2007, we provided our customers with the ability to choose their visualization – iFIX or CIMPLICITY, as well as the ability to choose their fieldbus – Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus, or HART for example. Now we are allowing them to choose their controller,” said Steve Ryan, General Manager for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ Process Solutions. “They can choose among the PACSystems Rx3i or Rx7i which are ideal for process industries that leverage multiple manufacturing disciplines such as food and beverage or the PAC8000 controllers which are ideal for continuous DCS process applications.”
PAC8000 Controllers can go where other controllers often cannot. They can be field mounted and subjected to extremes, including the following:
  •  –40°C to +70°C operating range
  • ISA Level G3 corrosion
  • 30G shock and 5G vibration
  • Operation in Class I, Division 2 and Zone 2 hazardous areas with field wiring extending into Division 1 and Zone 1/0 areas 
PAC8000 controllers can pass HART information from smart field devices to a computer running device asset management software, allowing for remote maintenance and calibration. HART data and diagnostics can also be used directly in control applications, reducing commissioning time, process downtime and loop maintenance costs.
Application availability is improved with controller redundancy and redundant controllers are housed in the same carrier for a smaller footprint. Redundant controllers operate in parallel, checking status multiple times throughout the processing loop, enabling the backup controller to continuously monitor the health of the master controller, thereby assuring a rapid and bumpless change over, when required. A redundant controller is also capable of receiving a firmware upgrade in the field.
Network redundancy helps assure stable and consistent communications. The controller has two high-speed Ethernet ports that use Fault Tolerant Ethernet for redundant communications. Each port can be connected to an independent LAN and is continuously monitored for its integrity. If the primary port detects a network failure, traffic is switched to the other LAN to maintain communications.
The PAC8000 Workbench contains engineering tools that provide an integrated project development environment coupled with development modules, tools, and a comprehensive set of diagnostic utilities. This development environment centralizes project engineering including I/O (Instrument Index) and control strategy configuration. A comprehensive function block diagram library for addressing advanced process control requirements is provided. And, all five IEC 61131-3 programming languages (Ladder Logic Diagram, Structured Text, Instruction List, Sequential Function Chart and Function Block Diagram) plus Flow Chart are supported.
“The release of the PAC8000 controllers adds more capabilities and flexibility to our already innovative Process Solutions offerings, providing a powerful DCS for the process industries,” concluded Ryan.
About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is an experienced high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, and expertise in process 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. For more information, visit
About GE Enterprise Solutions
GE Enterprise Solutions elevates customers' productivity and profitability with integrated solutions using sensors and non-destructive 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.
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