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GE Fanuc acquires MOST product lines

01 May 2008

GE Fanuc has acquired the assets of the MTL Open Systems Technology (MOST) product lines including the MTL8000 general purpose I/O, intrinsically safe I/O, SafetyNet system, and process control technologies. The product lines include general purpose I/O, intrinsically safe I/O, a safety networking system and process control technologies. Allowing the I/O to be mounted directly in Division 2/Zone 2 or Division 2/Zone 1 hazardous areas provides a cost-effective intrinsic safety solution.

“This acquisition illustrates GE Fanuc’s commitment to the process market segments,” said Bill Estep, Vice President of GE Fanuc’s Control Systems Business. “Customers with the need for intrinsically safe field mounted I/O will benefit from this new offering.” With the addition of a line of redundant capable SIL2 Certified controllers and intrinsically safe I/O to its Process Solutions, GE Fanuc is now able to fully address the safety system needs of key process industries.

The MTL8000 I/O and its proven technologies are deployed around the world by process system OEMs, system integrators, and end users to solve their most demanding process control applications. It is built to withstand the extremes of temperature and vibration as well as the hazardous and corrosive gases that rule out the use of conventional I/O in unfriendly environments.

Included in this product line is a comprehensive solution for safety-related applications, including process shut down (PSD), emergency shut down (ESD) systems and burner management systems. It is a SIL2 safety system in compliance with IEC 61508 and is built on the same platform that is already widely used in process control applications.

“When GE Fanuc launched its Proficy Process Systems last year, we took an open approach toward supporting fieldbus technology and I/O,” said Steve Ryan, Director of Process Solutions for GE Fanuc. “The addition of the MTL8000 line of I/O re-emphasises our commitment to providing our customers with the freedom to choose the I/O, Safety and process control strategy that best meets their needs.”


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