Rockwell Automation announces new version of PlantPAx distributed control system

Rockwell Automation announced the latest release of the PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS). The system capabilities include a design and the ability to see contextualized information from plant assets. This system release leverages enabling technologies to eliminate a complexity barrier for small to mid-sized operations seeking to implement a DCS. By consolidating servers into a single machine, applications can implement the full functionality of a modern DCS. The modern DCS also features an expanded library that supports electrical protection devices, leveraging both EtherNet/IP and IEC-61850 standards. Connecting electrical functions with control extends plant-wide integration, resulting in better plant control. The system features an expanded library of process objects the handling of alarms and abnormal situations. The library also features historian templates to optimize the display of event information with real-time and historical data. With the PlantPAx DCS, users can now define access rights both by role and area, providing security through authentication and access privileges. The system release also expands network availability for I/O communications. About Rockwell Automation Rockwell Automation is dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.