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CONTROLLER EQUIPMENT NEWS Add GPS, Time Stamping to Remote Fieldbus Modules

FOXBORO, Massachusetts Foxboro Automation Systems, a unit of Invensys, has two new high-performance, optionally r...


FOXBORO, Massachusetts Foxboro Automation Systems, a unit of Invensys, has two new high-performance, optionally redundant/fault-tolerant controllers for Invensys’ flagship automation platform the I/A Series system. The new Series ZCP270 controllers fit in rack room mounts or they can support up to 120 remote-mounted Fieldbus (I/O) modules.

The field-mounted controller features extra rugged and compact design. It fits in dedicated slots on field-mounted base plates adjacent to the I/O modules. The base plates can be located in sealed enclosures close to the process. Each FCP270 controller can support up to 32 modules.

Both new controllers connect to the high-availability/high-performance (1 Gbps between switches) I/A Series process control network via standard fiber optic 100 Mbps Ethernet. Both controllers utilize Foxboro’s well-proven integrated (regulatory, advanced regulatory, logic, sequential) control package.

The new controllers provide users many important new features.

GPS time stamping, with one millisecond accuracy, is available for alarm messages, historical values, and new sequence of events (SOE) and transient data analysis (TDA) features. Discrete SOE data are time-stamped and sent to the workstation on a change basis. Analogue TDA points are time stamped and sent to the workstation every 10 milliseconds.

On-line software upgrades in both simplex and high-availability, redundant/fault-tolerant configurations.

At least twice the application performance of previous I/A Series controllers to support even more sophisticated unit or plantwide control strategies.

Enhanced support for PLCs and other third-party Ethernet- and serial-connected devices that communicate via Modbus, ControlLogix, OPC, or other protocols.

Enhanced support for Foundation Fieldbus field devices.
Enhanced support for HART and FoxCom field devices via open FDT (field device tool) technology.

Learn more about what the I/A Series system can do for you or buy on-line at www.foxboro.com.


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