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Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System Registered as FOUNDATION Fieldbus Host

Share This Host profile 61b provides PlantPAx process automation system users new level of interoperability in multivendor fieldbus environments

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 29, 2012 Rockwell Automation announced today that its PlantPAx process automation system is now registered as a FOUNDATION Fieldbus integrated host system. The PlantPAx system with EtherNet/IP and ControlNet network connectivity passed tests for “61b,” the Fieldbus Foundation’s most demanding host profile. Host profile 61b helps ensure interoperability among multivendor environments, making it easier for users to configure and maintain fieldbus devices.

“This distinction further solidifies the status of Rockwell Automation as a leader in FOUNDATION Fieldbus technology,” said Steve Pulsifer, director of Process Market Development, Rockwell Automation. “Meeting the Fieldbus Foundation’s interoperability standards demonstrates the ability of the PlantPAx process automation system to help manufacturers address production issues with real-time, plantwide intelligence.”

The Fieldbus Foundation created its Host Registration Program to benefit both end users and automation suppliers by establishing standards in the multivendor FOUNDATION Fieldbus environment. To register under process 61b, the Fieldbus Foundation requires the following mandatory host features:

  • Block installation
  • Multiple capability levels
  • Enhanced function block
  • Profiled custom function blocks
  • Configuration of scheduled control function blocks
  • DD V5.1 device-level access

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System Registered as FOUNDATION Fieldbus Host