Reduce DCS System Complexity with a Modern I/O Solution

August 28, 2020

Plant operation teams want a simplified approach to their control system strategy that enables productivity gains in all areas of the plant. Traditional systems limit the scope and available support of their products which results in higher overall costs.  What is needed is a plant-wide approach that scales from skids to large operations that is easy to support while providing actionable information to all parties. With PlantPAx®, distributed control system, Rockwell Automation offers a gateway DTM for FLEX 5000™ HART enabled I/O Modules that enhances process instrument management capabilities.

FLEX 5000™ I/O is a reliable and flexible distributed I/O solution, that allows you to choose your I/O to meet your operational needs. The platform offers the convenience to mix and match standard and safety I/O modules in one rack. Additionally, communication is optimized with 1 Gb EtherNet/IP™ connectivity, offering higher speed, increased bandwidth and the options of multiple network architectures and topologies.

To help reduce downtime and get your plant up and running quicker than before, easy access to additional process diagnostics is achieved with HART Premier Integration in Studio 5000 Logix Designer® software. Furthermore, features like auto discovery of HART devices and PlantPAx DCS predefined HART data types are available to simplify workflows and reduce engineering time.

The following FLEX 5000™ HART modules are available:

  • 5094-IF8IH – Analog 8 input isolated HART
  • 5094-OF8IH – Analog 8 output isolated HART
  • 5094-IF8IHXT – Analog 8 input isolated HART (Extreme environment)
  • 5094-OF8IHXT – Analog 8 output isolated HART (Extreme environment)

View a complete list of Flex 5000 I/O modules.

Figure 1: FLEX 5000™ HART Premier Integration within Studio 5000

Engineers and maintenance technicians can now use the new FLEX 5000™ HART Channel DTM together with the FactoryTalk® Linx™ CommDTM to connect remotely to various sub-networks across any facility size. The Gateway DTM allows you to connect all eight channels on a 5094 HART input or output module and supports auto discovery as well. Together with an FDT compatible FRAME application like Endress+Hauser FieldCare you have full access to commission, maintain or monitor the NAMUR NE107 health status of your process instrument. This not only improves transparency, but also reduces maintenance costs while increasing plant availability.

Figure 2: HART Channel DTM within the FDT FRAME application Endress+Hauser FieldCare SFE500

Simplify your control system strategy with a plant-wide approach and enable productivity gains in all areas of the plant. A modern DCS will enable enhanced process instrument management capabilities with  FLEX 5000™ HART enabled I/O Modules.

To download the latest FactoryTalk Linx CommDTM or the latest HART I/O Gateway and Channel DTMs, please visit our Product Compatibility and Download Center (PCDC) click on “Find downloads” and search for “DTM”.

Article authored by Frank Schirra – Architect, Strategic Process Solutions Rockwell Automation

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