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Schneider Electric released PlantStruxure PES V4.2, integrating new hardware with capabilities from the company’s Modicon M580 ePAC family.

Built for Industrial Internet of Things applications, the addition of Modicon M580 redundant controllers delivers plant and asset availability for critical continuous process operations, helping to improve overall business performance. The release ended up unveiled at CONNECT 2016, Schneider Electric’s annual, four-day automation conference in New Orleans.

Today, 50 percent of PlantStruxure PES projects require at least one pair of redundant controllers within the configuration. PES V4.2 meets the next generation of requirements with the M580 ePAC and the ability to lock down ports within a single configuration environment. With cyber security enabled, PES V4.2 ensures nearly 100 percent uptime for customer systems.

“As IT and OT converge, we need solutions that boost plant connectivity and security,” said Chris Lyden, senior vice president of strategy, Schneider Electric’s Process Automation business. “PlantStruxure PES enhances the ability of plant operators, engineers and managers to take better advantage of process and energy management data, which better enables them to improve maintenance, increase asset reliability and uncover additional operational efficiencies, all in a more secure environment.”

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A core feature of the Modicon M580 ePAC is its Ethernet-based architecture. Integration into the PES solution improves system management and provides customers with a level of standard communication, guaranteeing a future-proof system. Additionally, new services will be available for engineering and commissioning, which will make navigating a control program easier, as well as improve performance when making project changes. PlantStruxure PES V4.2 is also equipped with ready-to-use application and industry libraries, allowing systems to be built more quickly and with lower engineering costs.

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