System 800xA version 6.1 provides significant innovations to the entire system architecture and introduces key technologies that shorten project execution time, facilitate late changes and enhances the scalability of the system bringing substantial value to capital projects.
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The Select I/O is an Ethernet based single channel I/O that is designed with parallel project execution in mind. Together with the new concept; xStream engineering it will reduce the project time by “de-coupling” automation tasks from each other. Two independent teams can work in parallel and then bind together with precision and efficiency later. This reduces the impact of changes during the project and effectively reduces the commissioning time. Testing efforts and the hardware footprint are considerably reduced as well.
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The new System 800xA Industrial Ethernet I/O Network brings the remaining hardwired I/O into the system via a standard and future-proof ethernet network. All available I/O options, including fieldbus technologies, serial protocols and hardwired I/O, work together seamlessly in a single control system communicating to all types of devices smart or not.
While fieldbus technologies have long enabled online configuration, provided access to diagnostic data and supported “soft” marshalling and late binding, the new System 800xA single channel Select I/O brings these same benefits to hardwired I/O. This includes utilizing the same ethernet I/O network to seamlessly integrate traditional S800 I/O.
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