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Rockwell Automation releases PlantPAx 5.0 DCS

The company informs that with new process functionality native to controllers, cyber-secured architectures, and improved system availability and workflows, it unlocks value and reduces overall costs at all phases of the plant lifecycle for hybrid and continuous process industries

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Rockwell Automation recently released the PlantPAx 5.0 distributed control system (DCS). This latest DCS version from Rockwell Automation helps industrial producers positively impact the lifecycle of their plant operations with plant-wide and scalable systems to drive digital transformation and operational excellence.

“New system capabilities help digitally transform operations by introducing process functionality native to the controller, improving the availability of system assets driving compliance in regulated industries, while enabling the adoption of analytics at all levels of the enterprise. Intuitive workflows and the use of industry-leading cybersecurity standards will help teams design, deploy, and support a DCS infrastructure which reduces time-to-market and helps plants realise profit at a faster rate,” informed the company through a statement.

“We’re excited to bring PlantPAx DCS 5.0 to our customers. New system features are step changes in helping our customers lower the overall costs to design and commission. The functionality improves the overall effort to integrate the process control layer to the enterprise. By reducing the lifecycle cost of the system and lowering operational risks, we are continuing to find innovative ways to bring more value to end-users,” said Jim Winter, Global Process Director, Rockwell Automation.

The company also informed that process end users desire a system that offers the benefits of a modern experience without the burdens that come with a traditional DCS. Therefore, the new 5.0 release innovates the modern DCS in the following areas:

  • Reduced footprint
    • This release introduces new process controllers and extends the Logix family with cutting-edge processing power and capacity to reduce the complexity of PlantPAx architectures. This footprint reduction reduces total cost of ownership of the system throughout the lifecycle.
  • Project consistency
    • With native process instructions embedded in the controller firmware, project teams can adopt approaches to control strategies that drive consistency for individual projects or multi-site deployments. Consistency simplifies the lifecycle management of deployed systems as teams modernise their automation infrastructure. Co