EPSG openSAFETY now available for PROFINET

  • December 16, 2010
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December 16, 2010 - The Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) announces that the openSAFETY standard is now available for PROFINET. Thus, openSAFETY is now available for all major real-time Ethernet protocols, covering 91% of the Industrial Ethernet market. With its openSAFETY solution, the EPSG is the only provider of a ready-to-use safety technology running on all transport protocols. openSAFETY has been developed independently from all fieldbus organizations.Since the development of safety-oriented technology is very cost-intensive and carries a high investment risk, the automation industry has been calling for a global standard for safety systems for a long time. By introducing openSAFETY, the first completely open safety-oriented data transfer protocol for all automation applications, the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) has laid the foundations. The protocol, which has been certified by German testing authorities TÜV Rheinland and TÜV Süd, allows for communication cycles at the microsecond level, thus ensuring very fast reaction times as well as optimal safety. It is suitable for use in systems with safety requirements up to SIL 3.EPSG supports usersThe EPSG actively supports the use of openSAFETY with any transport proto-col, providing support for certification and conformance tests. openSAFETY is a technically and legally open solution: the protocol is available as an open source software that can be downloaded free of charge. Its BSD license and independence from fieldbus systems ensure optimal investment safety for all users, and considerably reduce development efforts for manufacturers and plant operators. Company backgroundThe Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG) is an independent organization founded in 2003 by leading companies from the drive and automation industry. Its aims are the standardization and further development of POWERLINK, which was first introduced by B&R in 2001. The high-performance real-time communication system is a protocol extension of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard, designed to ensure real-time data transfer on the microsecond level. EPSG cooperates with leading standardization organizations, such as CAN in Automation (CiA) and the IEC. Anton Meindl, Business Manager Controls at B&R, is the EPSG’s CEO. Learn More

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