Distributed Safety System
By Desgin Engineering staffGeneral Fabrication Safety machine design
GE PACSystems VersaSafe provides SIL3 safety capabilities with high availability.
Charlottesville, VA. — GE Intelligent Platforms introduced its PACSystems VersaSafe machine safety solution, which adds TÜV-certified SIL3 safety capabilities by combining secure network connectivity, certified safety function blocks and a graphical programming environment.
The system combines PROFINET with optional media redundant protocol (MRP) and multiple cable media options, providing the ability to put a machine in a safe state without fully powering down the equipment.
Leveraging PACSystems’ distributed I/O architecture and single point of connect capabilities, VersaSafe enables a single network to carry standard and safety I/O and eliminates the need for a separate safety CPU or controller.
To minimize engineering efforts, GE provides a comprehensive set of tools and services as part of the VersaSafe solution, including a library of certified safety function blocks, the ability to integrate safety and standard capabilities, and a set of integrated development and commissioning diagnostic utilities.