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Invensys boosts Triconex safety offerings with world’s first TÜV-certified alarm and bypass management tool and OPC UA integration

New solutions empower plant workforce to manage operational risk in real time


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Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, has enhanced its Triconex critical control and safety offerings for industrial operations. The new Triconex Safety View solution is the world’s first software for effective alarm and bypass management certified by TÜV Rheinland to IEC61508 Systematic Capability 3 for use in applications up to Safety Integrity Level 3. Additionally, the company’s market-leading Triconex Trident and Triconex General Purpose safety instrumented systems now support OPC Universal Architecture for greater communications connectivity.

“Changing market dynamics and emerging technologies require a fundamental rethinking of how companies will manage their operations today and in the future,” said Gary Freburger, president of the company’s Systems business. “To address these new and ever-more complicated challenges, companies need to become more agile without jeopardizing plant safety. Our new Triconex products provide this agility by reducing risks when bypassing safety systems during startup and shutdown, as well as the risks associated with integrating safety systems across different vendor platforms. In addition, they provide a pathway for modernizing existing plant operations, one that links business processes with production processes; removes traditional barriers to collaboration; and empowers our customers’ most valuable resource - their people.”

Triconex Safety View provides the highest levels of safety integrity for critical alarm management applications. The world’s first TÜV-certified software solution for alarm and bypass management for use in applications up to SIL3, Safety View improves situational awareness and broadens visibility into the risks that come with system startups, shutdowns and other critical process transitions that must be managed by plant personnel. It draws attention to changes in process conditions that require immediate attention, giving operators, maintenance engineers and shift personnel better visibility into the process so they can take actions that reduce risk, optimize total cost of ownership and increase overall asset performance. It is built on the company’s industry-leading ArchestrA System Platform and Wonderware InTouch HMI software, which have been adapted specifically for use in safety applications.

“End users realize that they need new solutions to help them remain agile, particularly as they react to changing business variables and process conditions,” said Barry Young, principal analyst, ARC Advisory Group. “By clearly indicating level-1 alarms to operators, maintenance engineers and shift supervisors, and then showing them all the safety-critical devices that have been placed in bypass, the Triconex Safety View solution reduces the likelihood of unscheduled downtime and subsequent loss of production. And because it provides contextual information in real time, it helps operators and other plant personnel make better decisions.”

Invensys has also embedded OPC UA communications with its industry-leading Triconex Trident and Triconex General Purpose safety instrumented systems. OPC UA maximizes interoperability between systems and streamlines connectivity through open platform architecture and future-proof design. The new communications interface module contains an embedded OPC UA server that supports up to 10 concurrent clients, delivering high performance and secure, reliable communication of real-time data, alarms and historical events.

“The addition of OPC UA communications reinforces our commitment to providing secure, reliable and future-proof communications that seamlessly integrate our market-leading safety systems with various distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers, HMIs and other plant assets,” said Steve Elliott, director of Triconex product management for Invensys. “This freedom of choice allows clients to select the best of the best for their control and safety needs without compromising performance.”

OPC UA provides a single communications solution from the device level to the enterprise level, maintaining platform independence without sacrificing performance. It provides better interoperability (complete with certification); reliability by design; access via firewalls and across the internet; and reduced configuration time with built-in information and security models.

“Over the past several years, safety has become even more critical for our customers,” Freburger said. “These two products, built on our strong heritage as the market-leading provider of safety systems, are an example of how our Triconex offerings are helping clients modernize their plants so that they are no longer just talking about safety. Instead, they are actively taking specific measures to increase the safety of the process and continuously improve their real-time performance. It’s all part of our goal to create the future of industrial automation, enabling our customers to achieve exceptionally strong business performance in real time, particularly when it comes to developing and delivering new, agile control systems.”