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Series 90-70 Modernization FAQs and Appendix A
Since 1989, GE Intelligent Platforms’ Series 90*-70 family of programmable controllers has delighted customers with reliable uptime and high performance. It has been an exciting journey over the past two decades, and we are proud of this history. As we continue to innovate to solve your toughest challenges, our commitment to delivering you with outstanding performance and value into the future remains steadfast.

Below are some FAQs related to our Series 90-70 Modernization.

Q. How do I know if my Series 90-70 component has been discontinued?
A. In January 2009, GEIP notified our channel partners and customers that certain part numbers in the Series 90-70 family were maturing, based on limited component availability, which adversely affected production. These products that have been discontinued are listed in Appendix A (see below).

Q. Why is GE making this announcement now?
A. Per our Life Cycle Policy, we committed to provide these products for a minimum of two years once we announced mature status, after which time, we would discontinue selling new parts. As of July 1, 2011, we have reached a point where we are unable to manufacture and sell the 90-70 products listed in Appendix A.
As our products mature, we communicate our hardware life cycle plans to keep you informed and help you develop modernization contingency plans going forward with the right tools, products, and resources.

Q. Can I still receive Series 90-70 product support?
A. To support our customers after the July 1, 2011 discontinuation date, we are still offering repair services for up to seven years. This will allow you some time to work with us to develop a solid transition plan to the newer PACSystems products.

Q. What product can I upgrade to?
A. We encourage you to take full advantage of the latest technology of our PACSystems controllers. Enabling improved efficiencies and flexible deployment, it delivers increased application uptime, lower operating costs, and higher performance in a single platform.

Q. Why should I upgrade to PACSystems controllers?
A. PACSystems offers many features and benefits, including:
  • Easy program conversion through direct importing and conversion of existing logic programs
  • Protection of your existing intellectual property
  • Minimized conversion downtime
  • Improved performance driving plant profitability
In addition, our flexible hardware and software platforms allow for simple changeovers with more predictable budgets and succinct implementation timelines.

Q. How can GE help me with my modernization plan?
A. We understand the unique needs of our customers. We are offering a solid roadmap that outlines spare parts inventory and includes modernization plans, which will help mitigate risk and allow you to achieve higher success rates.

If you need help defining a detailed modernization plan to PACSystems, please contact Kerrco Automation office or email us at info@kerrcoautomation.co.uk. We can help you define a detailed action plan with our engineers who are locally located and have vast experience in converting from the Series 90-70 systems to PACSystems.

Q. Are Genius and GMR still available for purchase?
A. Yes, you can still purchase these products as we anticipate having the Genius and GMR products available for sale until the end of 2013. We will strive to secure components to meet this date; however, this date may move based on global availability of components.
As a reminder, we initially announced that Genius and GMR Systems were moving to mature status in January 2011, and we will keep you updated with any changes to their status.

Q. What if I need a Series 90-70 product that has been discontinued?
A. If you immediately require a product listed in Appendix A (see below), please email us at info@kerrcoautomation.co.uk; we may be able to assist you in sourcing these items.

Q. Who can I contact if I have other questions?
A. We are excited to help you with the modernization of your incumbent control and process systems. If you have an immediate need or question, please email us at info@kerrcoautomation.co.uk
Thanks for your continued support of GE Intelligent Platforms products.

Appendix A Analog

Status Part Number Description
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
IC697ALG230
IC697ALG234
IC697ALG320
IC697ALG324
IC697ALG440
IC697ALG441
IC697ALG444
IC697ALG445
Analog Input, Voltage/Current, 8 Channels
Analog Input, Voltage/Current, 8 Channels gold plated terminal
Analog Output, Voltage/Current, 4 Channels
Analog Output, Voltage/Current, 4 Channels gold plated terminal
Analog Input Expander, Current, 16 Channels
Analog Input Expander, Voltage, 16 Channels
Analog Input Expander, Current, 16 Channels gold plated terminal
Analog Input Expander, Voltage, 16 Channels gold plated terminal

Communication

Status Part Number Description
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
IC697CMM711
IC697CMM712
IC697PCM711
Communications Coprocessor, CCM, RTU, SNP, and SNPx Protocols
Serial Communications Module for State Logic
Programmable Coprocessor

CPU

Status Part Number Description
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
IC697CGR772
IC697CGR935
IC697CPX772
IC697CPX782
IC697CPX935
IC697CPX928
Hot Standby Genius Dual Bus CPU, 486DX4, 2K I/O, 512K, Flt. Pt
Hot Standby Genius Dual Bus CPU, 486DX4, 12K I/O, 1M, Flt Pt
CPU, 96 MHz, 2K Discrete I/O, 512K byte fixed user memory
CPU, 96 MHz, 12K Discrete I/O, 1M byte fixed user memory
CPU, 96 MHz, 12K Discrete I/O, 1M byte fixed user memorynels
CPU, 96 MHz, 12K Discrete I/O, 6M byte fixed user memory

Discrete I/O

Status Part Number Description
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
Discontinued
IC697MDL240
IC697MDL241
IC697MDL250
IC697MDL251
IC697MDL252
IC697MDL253
120 VAC Isolated Input (16 Points)
240 VAC Isolated Input (16 Points)
120 VAC Input (32 Points)
120 VAC Input (16 Points) Non-isolated
12 VAC Input (32 Points)
24 VAC Input (32 Points)

Documents

Legacy_Controller_Migration FAQ.PDF
Legacy_Controller_Migration.pdf
Legacy_Software_Migration.pdf
Life_Cycle_HW_SW_Current_092210.pdf
GFA-1878_Modernization_6pg_brochure_MECH_REV.PDF
Series_9070_Discontinued_Announcement_2011.pdf
Series_9070_Discontinued_FAQ.pdf
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