GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the PACSystems® control and computing platform designed for the industrial Internet. It incorporates COM Express architecture with multi-core CPUs. The RXi platform offers high-speed interfaces, with multiple gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports. These features are coupled with GE’s PACSystems control engine. The controllers feature built-in redundant PROFINET interfaces, and can run HMI, Historian, and analytics applications at the machine, even in harsh environments.
The platform’s industrial PC (IPC) is rugged and fanless for factory floor computing. The design includes connectors on the controller and IPC so that the two products can be mounted together for cableless communications for applications where both control and computing are desired. The IPC can also be mounted on the back of a series of touchscreen displays creating a family of modular panel IPCs.