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The newest version of ABB’s Industrial IT Extended Automation System 800xA is suited for use in process industries, electric and water utilities and alternative energy production.

It includes enhancements to improve overall system performance and usability, a reduced physical footprint, increased operator effectiveness, and deeper integration with smart devices and electrical systems.

System 800xA 5.1 includes advanced alarm-management capabilities designed to help users implement successful alarm-management strategies, as well as provide operations personnel with better control of responsibility between control rooms and other operating locations.

New Alarm Shelving and Alarm Analysis features have been added to the system’s alarm-management capabilities, in order to help keep alarms in check.

The new release also includes a Point of Control feature that improves coordination of operators during critical periods such as shift change, providing a safer, more secure operating environment.

It includes multiple engineering improvements, such as simplified bulk data handling when engineering Foundation Fieldbus projects and an improved batch procedure editor.

The Task Analysis Tool lets the user evaluate how their application will be executed based on the current task rates assigned prior to downloading.

The Detailed Difference Report provides a way to easily see changes made in control applications and graphics, and provides a report of exactly what has been modified, added or removed on a user interface.

Several performance enhancements make System 800xA’s robust control and I/O offering even more versatile, flexible and scalable.

With three times the clock speed (450Mhz) and four times the memory of its predecessor, the PM891 – part of the AC800M controller range – helps customers do more with less, as they need fewer controllers to maintain processing requirements for complex applications.

This controller is also designed to perform 1-1 controller evolution projects for previous-generation ABB and third-party controller platforms.

The latest version of System 800xA supports virtualisation to reduce the physical number of PCs required for installations by as much as 75 per cent, reducing energy consumption and maintenance requirements.

Improvements made to System 800xA’s Foundation Fieldbus architecture have reduced the infrastructure requirements for its High Speed Ethernet (HSE) network approach, increasing the number of devices that can be connected to one node by 400 per cent.

Based on user-centred design practices, the newest version of System 800xA includes a System Administration Console and a Security Update Tool to help keep the system running securely and at an optimum level.

The Security Update Tool will allow users to download Security Patches from Microsoft and cross match that to ABB’s qualified list.

The user can then create a loadable set of supported, tested security updates that can be rolled out to System 800xA.

This helps the user to save time and effort while providing a more robust, secure system.

The System 800xA portfolio of communication interfaces has been enhanced to help users further leverage its integration capabilities.

These include new communication interfaces for Profinet, Devicenet and Wirelesshart.

System 800xA’s Foundation Fieldbus interfaces also support EDDL.

These interfaces make it easier for customers to access and use diagnostic data from smart instruments, regardless of manufacturer or physical device location.

System 800xA’s IEC61850 Communications Interface capability has been enhanced by increasing the number of supported Intelligent Electrical Devices (IEDs) per communication interface card, and improving alarm and event support.

By integrating power and process systems on the common 800xA platform, customers optimise the design and performance of their electrical and automation systems, and see additional benefits in reduced maintenance, engineering and overall lifecycle costs.

According to ARC, typical savings can result in a 20 per cent reduction in capital and operating expenditures by integrating these two, usually separate, automation infrastructures.

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