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IPS joins forces with Pepperl+Fuchs

19 May 2009

Pepperl+Fuchs’ intrinsically safe I/O interface product lines have been successfully integrated with Invensys Process Systems’ (IPS) I/A Series distributed control system technology, according to a recent announcement.

The integrated modules, designed for mounting I/O modules in hazardous locations, offer built-in barriers and field connections, have a small footprint and are claimed to be easy-to-use. IPS says the solution provides users with a transparent interface from which they can set up, configure and maintain intrinsic safety using standard I/A Series tools. The solution is certified for Zone 1 and Zone 2 hazardous environments.

‘Our clients are looking for proven, cost-effective ways to prevent disasters in hazardous environments, not simply contain them,’ said Betty Naylor-McDevitt, IPS director of DCS Business. ‘Traditional explosion-proof cabinets are too costly to install and maintain, and our clients need reliable equipment that is easier to maintain and has a smaller footprint. This is the perfect solution.’

IPS says because the intrinsically safe modules are hot-swappable without a hot work permit, maintenance is easier and safer and with built-in redundancy in communication modules, power supplies and bus interfaces, availability is high. IPS offers the integrated solution on HART capable modules so I/A series system users can manage intrinsically safe operation of any vendor's HART field devices.

‘We are impressed by how efficiently the IPS and Pepperl+Fuchs teams worked together to create a seamless integration of our products,’ said Karsten Fischer, Pepperl+Fuchs global account manager for Invensys. ‘I/A Series system users will experience and appreciate the ease of setting up and configuring the Intrinsically Safe equipment using standard I/A Series tools. They will incur less CAPEX while experiencing the same superior performance and without jeopardizing safety or needing to invest in expensive explosion-proof cabinets.’

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