The architect of the Tricon was Gary Hufton, who led a small but successful engineering team that built the first Tricon, sold in June, 1986. Soon after, Exxon became a customer and automation giant Honeywell agreed to distribute the Tricon. Among the software engineers who worked for Triconex were Phil Huber and Dennis Morin, who later left the company to found Wonderware, also based in Irvine California which became the world’s leading supplier of Human Machine Interface (HMI).
Triconex system is based on the TMR patented technology that supports up to SIL 3 and is usually used as a safety rather than control system.
Fault tolerance in the Tricon is achieved by means of a Triple-Modular Redundant(TMR) architecture. The Tricon provides error-free, uninterrupted control in the presence of either hard failures of components, or transient faults from internal or external sources. The Tricon is designed with a fully triplicated architecture throughout, from the input modules through the Main Processors to the output modules. Every I/O module houses the circuitry for three independent legs. Each leg on the input modules reads the process data and passes that information to its respective Main Processor. The three Main Processors communicate with each other using a proprietary high-speed bus system called the TriBus. Once per scan, the three Main Processors synchronize and communicate with their two neighbors over the TriBus. The Tricon votes digital input data, compares output data, and sends copies of analog input data to each Main Processor. The Main Processors execute the userwritten application and send outputs generated by the application to the output modules. In addition to voting the input data, the TriBus votes the output data. This is done on the output modules as close to the field as possible, in order to detect and compensate for any errors that could occur between the Tricon voting and the final output driven to the field.
The Triconex system usually consists of the following typical modules:
Main Processor modules (triple).
Communication module(s) .
Input and output modules: can be analog and/or digital and work singular or in hot-spare (standby).
Power supply modules (redundant).
Backplane(s) (chassis) that can hold the previous modules.
System cabinet(s): can compact one or more chassis in one cabinet.
Marshalling cabinets to adapt and standardize interface connections between the field instruments and the Triconex system cabinets.
Human machine interface (HMI) to monitor the events.
Engineering workstation (EWS) for programming. monitoring, troubleshooting and updating.
The Triconex main processors can communicate with the so-called TriStation 1131 application software to download, update and/or monitor programs. These programs are either written in:
Function Block Diagram language,
Ladder diagram language, or
Structured text (Pascal like) Language.
Cause and Effect Matrix Programmable Language (CEMPLE).
Besides, a Sequence of Events (SOE) recorder software and Diagnostic monitor software are implemented.
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–Triconex / Tricon Safety Systems
-Foxboro IA DCS systems.
The Tricon™ platform is the gold standard in safety instrumented systems. Based on industry-leading Triconex™ triple modular redundant (TMR) technology, it has logged more than one billion hours with no failure on demand. The Tricon system is certified by TÜV Rheinland for use in safety applications up to safety integrity level 3 (SIL 3). It is also marine-certified and nuclear 1E-certified.
Safe, reliable, uninterrupted operation
Inherent high integrity and high availability
Low investment and lifecycle costs
Superior total value of ownership
Flexibility to locate I/O where you need it
Refining and petrochemicals
Upstream and midstream oil and gas
Chemicals and specialty chemical
Safety and critical control applications
TÜV-certified for SIL 3 applications to international standard IEC61508: 2010
– Emergency shutdown systems (ESD control)
– Fire and gas systems (F&G control)
– Burner management systems (BMS controls)
– High-integrity pressure protection systems (HIPPS control)
– Turbomachinery control (TMC) and protection systems
Works in both centralized plus distributed and remote I/O applications
Suitable for use in harsh environments
Communications and integration
Online module replacement to ensure continuous operation and plant availability
Integration with Foxboro Evo™ process automation system and all major distributed control systems (DCSs)
Comprehensive family of I/O modules
Up to 254 nodes of peer-to-peer communications
Achilles Level 1 cybersecurity certification
Built-in diagnostics and redundancy management — transparent to user
Easy diagnostics for status and fault analysis
Online modifications and changes, online module replacement and hot spare slot for continuous production without halting operations
Full set of software tools for every step of the safety lifecycle (TriStation™ suite)
Triconex Safety Systems
Safety for life – Safety systems and critical controls
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