Profinet enabled I/O solutions are built to connect

30 April 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms has introduced PACSystems RX3i, PAC8000 and VersaMax IP Scanners for the Profinet industrial networking platform, ensuring fast, easy to configure connectivity to GE’s PACSystems RXi and RX3i controllers and range of I/O options, enabling scalable machine automation and highly distributed modular machine designs.

Every level of the GE Intelligent Platforms’ control system – from Profinet networked I/O modules to the cloud-based automation development platform – is designed to connect and collaborate. The new scanner enables the I/O to be used easily and efficiently as a distributed intelligent node.

The PAC8000 I/O PROFINET Scanner allows rugged I/O to be used in extreme temperature and corrosive environments. Because the VersaMax I/P is IP67-rated, it can be bolted to the equipment it controls.

GE’s Profinet-enabled automation platform combines PACSystems controllers with Profinet I/O, to offer infrastructure OEMs a possible 25% reduction in implementation footprint as multiple media types and Ethernet switches are integrated directly into the scanners. OEMs can maximise their customers’ uptime by adding just one extra cable to create instant network redundancy. Speeds up to 1Gigabit are available without reducing the bandwidth other networks types might experience.

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