The Neles ValvGuard VG9000F for Foundation Fieldbus is claimed to be the first TÜV-approved (SIL3) Foundation Fieldbus (FF) safety valve controller to appear on the market. It combines the benefits of FF communication with the Neles ESD valve range to provide a new level of integrity and safety.
Rockwell Automation has introduced I/O modules equipped with Ethernet/IP connectivity - the CompactBlock Guard I/O on Ethernet/IP series
As end users discover the benefits of fieldbus with their process automation systems, many are beginning to wonder why they haven't been able to enjoy similar benefits with their safety instrumented systems (SIS)
Omron's NE1A safety DeviceNet controller is claimed to be the world's first programmable safety controller with a built-in DeviceNet safety interface.
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has added an optical remote control function to the ProSafe-RS, enabling integration of the instrument panel rooms and safety systems in large plants. Compatibility with Yokogawa's Centum CS3000 R3 Integrated Production Control System is also improved for greater usability.