ABB releases next generation of its System 800xA High Integrity safety system

2009-01-15 - Uniquely integrated system provides superior protection while it optimizes process efficiency and cost

Wickliffe, Ohio, January 15, 2009 –ABB recently released its next generation System 800xA High Integrity safety system. This SIL 3 rated Safety Integrated System (SIS) provides the highest level of integration of safety and control on the market today; its controller received its SIL 3 certification from TÜV in November 2008. System 800xA High Integrity provides superior protection of the process, plant, personnel, and the environment while it optimizes overall process efficiency and cost.

“This next generation safety system offering is a continuation of our ongoing commitment to help our customers operate more safely and efficiently, to protect their vital assets while they improve their productivity and maximize uptime,” said Kristian Olsson, manager of ABB’s Safety Center of Excellence. “The latest version of System 800xA High Integrity provides the highest level of safety and process integration available in the marketplace; it harnesses the benefits of the 800xA environment to ensure significant savings across all stages of the system lifecycle. It complements ABB’s robust portfolio of leading edge safety solutions, products and services.”

The new version of System 800xA High Integrity is the latest addition to ABB’s comprehensive safety portfolio. The company has been at the forefront of safety system development and delivery since 1979, when it commissioned the first emergency shut down system on the Statfjord B offshore oil platform in the North Sea. ABB is commemorating its 30 years of extensive safety experience in 2009; these solutions have protected literally generations of personnel and processes.

System 800xA High Integrity leverages System 800xA’s common engineering tools, human system interface, historian, audit trail, asset and device management applications to improve the overall integrity and reliability of process control and SIS operations. This environment offers safe, instant, interaction between applications; leading to a host of benefits, from easier handling, through better technical solutions, to lower costs.

System 800xA High Integrity is available up to and including Quad configuration to allow end users to tailor their safety system solutions to specific process requirements to optimize efficiency and cost while protecting the process, personnel and the environment.

First released in 2005, System 800xA High Integrity offers the flexibility of hosting both safety and process critical control applications in the same controller, providing logical separation of control and safety functions. This revolutionary “same yet separate” architecture protects personnel, the plant and the environment while proving significant operating efficiencies. ABB worked closely with customer Dow Chemical to develop this system and make it available commercially, as Dow had experienced tremendous benefits from this approach in their own proprietary system.

The latest version of the modular, scalable System 800xA High Integrity SIS includes several new features designed to augment safety integrity. While it has the highest hardware commonality on the market, System 800xA High Integrity utilizes embedded hardware and software diversity in the logic solver and I/) subsystem, with diverse execution paths to detect any potential random failures. It includes additional SIL 3 libraries for shut-down applications, and provides combined non-SIL, SIL 2 and SIL 3 applications for increased safety protection and process efficiency.

While embedded safety and control is one option offered by System 800xA High Integrity, the customer can also deploy it in several other possible configurations. The system was designed at the outset to be able to operate as a stand-alone safety system, or can also be integrated with the process control system while it maintains physical separation of control and safety functions. All of these configurations provide superior protection of personnel, plant and the environment while offering various levels of operational efficiency improvements.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.

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