Triconex's Fault-tolerant Control System Earns Editors' Choice Honors From Control Engineering Magazine

  • January 17, 2005
  • Schneider Electric
  • News
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 17, 2005 -- Triconex, a unit of Invensys Process Systems (IPS), today announced that its Trident fault-tolerant control system has been honored by Control Engineering magazine with an Editors' Choice award. The award recognizes products deemed as the most significant innovations featured in Control Engineering during 2004. Invensys' Foxboro and Wonderware units were also selected to receive Editors' Choice awards for their I/A Series Mesh Control Network and InTouch HMI products, respectively.Triconex's Trident controller garnered honors for its use of an abstract interpretation process, a relatively new method for automatically checking dynamic properties of software applications without actually running any test cases and without having to execute the applications. The Trident system uses abstract interpretation to provide continuous control for safety-critical units in refineries, petrochemical and chemical plants, and other industrial processes."Triconex continues to implement the newest technology capabilities in its existing product line to provide customers with the cutting-edge tools they need to stay competitive and profitable," said Bill Barkovitz, Triconex's vice president of product marketing. "Having earned the recognition of a respected publication validates that the company's innovative technologies are advancing the interests of our customers as well as the safety and critical process control industry."The Trident controller is one of only 40 award winners selected by editors from among all new products featured during 2004 in the print edition of Control Engineering, its online Web site or one of the publication's topical e-mail newsletters. Editors reviewed the complete list of products to select winners based on criteria such as service to the industry, technological advancement and market impact. Triconex is one of the process industry's leading providers of safety and critical control solutions with thousands of worldwide installations. Like its flagship Tricon controller, the, Triconex's Trident controller provides fault tolerance by means of a proven Triple-Modular Redundant (TMR) architecture that integrates three isolated, parallel control systems and inherent diagnostic to assess controller health. The Trident controller is used for safety and critical process control applications requiring both availability and reliability. It is readily available to deliver whenever a process demand requires it without adding complexity to the implementation or maintenance. It can also withstand harsh industrial environments, allow online maintenance without disturbing the process and is optimized for critical applications with small to medium point counts.In addition to highly reliable control platforms, Triconex provides engineering and consulting services that assist customers in meeting the requirements of the international safety standards IEC 61508 and IEC 61511. About TriconexTriconex, a unit of Invensys Process Systems, is a global leader in the supply of products, systems and services for safety, critical control and turbomachinery applications. Since its inception in 1983, the company has installed thousands of control systems solutions in a wide variety of industries and applications worldwide. Triconex products are based on patented Triple-Modular Redundancy (TMR) industrial safety-shutdown technology. Today, Triconex TMR products operate globally in more than 5,500 installations. According to industry research firm ARC Advisory Group, this makes Triconex the largest TMR supplier in the world. For more information, visit the Triconex Web site at Invensys Process SystemsProcess Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimization of industrial process plants. Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world's largest refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, pulp and paper mills, and mineral processing plants.The Invensys Group ( is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. With 35,000 employees operating in 60 countries, Invensys helps customers to improve their performance and profitability, building value for end users and shareholders alike.

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