Bedrock Advantage

The Bedrock™ universal control system is capable of supporting all traditional PLC and DCS applications with a five year warranty and a fully compliant and cyber secure IEC61131 development environment that ships free with every controller.

Simple:
Engineer any automation solution with less than a dozen part numbers including a universal magnetic backplane, universal analog, discrete and fieldbus I/O, universal smart coupled power, one universal extreme controller, and just one universal system cable. Couple that with a powerful, easy-to-use software environment compliant with IEC 61131-3, and a supporting OPCUA to interface to any compatible SCADA package.

Scalable:
Bedrock’s solution offers unlimited scalability from tens to tens of thousands of I/O with an ultra-fast 4GB magnetic backplane to support software selectable I/O functionality and redundancy, and universal Control and Power to support any system of any size.

Secure:
Get transparent instant cyber security that works 24/7. Black Fabric™ Cybershield is Bedrock’s embedded deep trust cyber defense using patented processor, memory, communications, inter-connections, backplane, and packaging technologies to integrate cyber security into every module at birth and cyber protection of the applications performed by the modules throughout their operational life cycle.

Cost:

 

Bedrock’s solution significantly reduces lifecycle costs in all areas including system engineering, installation, commissioning, maintenance, and the emergent cost of cyber security. As the designer and manufacturer of virtually all of our own active silicon components, Bedrock can offer non-obsolescence of the system and singularly eliminate the most expensive aspect of lifecycle cost.

Security:

 

Bedrock has layered and embedded cyber security that begins at the transistor level with secure microcontrollers and memory, hardware accelerators, and true random number generation. This is the foundation of our secure platform and any system without this embedded security is inherently vulnerable.

System software is another core tenet. Bedrock’s controller is built upon the world’s most safe and secure RTOS. This means it will continue operating even while facing persistent attacks.

Physical protection is critical to cyber security and Bedrock has that covered. The Black FabricTM communication with no I/O pins enables strong anti-snoop protection while sealed all-metal modules keep cyber predators at bay. The only way to open a controller module is with a metal saw which would trigger the casing sensors to destroy the memory and keep IP safe.

The supply chain is also secured via a proven Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) system. This enables all hardware and software used in the control system to be authenticated. This platform cryptography can then be extended and authenticated to third-party software and applications. This is security done right, from the inside out.

Reliability:

 

Pins are the leading cause of functional failures in industrial control systems (ICS). Bedrock’s system has zero I/O pins and instead utilizes a never-before-seen electromagnetic interconnection for both power and communications.

Cables with connectors are another leading ICS failure mode. Bedrock’s system utilizes electromagnetic interconnect and Black Fabric™ communications to eliminate system cables with a single universal cable to connect the system to all field I/O. The cable design includes a patented strain relief knuckle to assist in optimal installation practices and extended life. Reducing virtually all cables, except one, dramatically improves system run time reliability.

Bedrock’s system provides inherent extreme galvanic isolation that allows reliable operation in even the harshest electrical environments. With Class 1, Division 2 certification and an operating temperature range of -40C to +80C*, virtually no application or location is too harsh.

Bedrock’s smart universal power supply is backplane-coupled and cyber-enabled, providing advanced operational awareness and diagnostics to minimize maintenance and avoid downtime. It also has no fans and utilizes all-metal construction which, coupled to the metal backplane, enables efficient heat management to ensure reliable, long-term operation.

At Bedrock we obsess on Zero, including the quest for zero defect by design. This quest gives us the confidence to offer a full five year warranty.

Examples of how we get there include:

  • Unify and Simplify: Minimized modules and components, patented highly integrated digital and analog ASICs, patented single universal field cable supporting all I/O.
  • Eliminate Failure Modes with patented design solutions: Address the top failure modes by eliminating them, including backplane pins, module pins, board interconnects, cabling and an advanced technique we call “component thermal unity.”
  • Advanced Patented Mechanical Design: Precision machined, all aluminum, all metal construction with zero plastics, FIP140 compliant sealed anti-tamper module construction.

*Requires 24V DC power – see data sheet for specifications.

Performance:

 

Bedrock’s system is architected on a patented 4GB backplane. Combined with unparalleled computing power in every system module, all I/O is refreshed at a fixed rate independent of system size. This kind of unprecedented performance enables ease of use, higher process yields, and more precise control. Patented I/O module circuits enable truly universal, software-configurable analog and discrete I/O. This enables automation solutions engineered with just three I/O module types.

Using patented deep submicron transistor designs, the Bedrock Controller system combines ARM Cortex multi-core CPU with over 20 additional custom computation engines to manage backplane communications, cryptographic computation, block processing, and interlink redundancy. This patented digital architecture is supported by 512MB of DDR3 RAM for programs and 8GB of Flash for data. All this technology delivers a Universal Secure Controller for nearly all control types including Discrete, Batch and Continuous.

Open System:

Advantages of the Bedrock open system include:

  1. Open I/O to any legacy and future systems
  2. Open controller to any legacy and future systems
  3. Open through OPCUA to any SCADA/HMI software solution
  4. Designed to run any OEM SCADA and control software package
  5. Crypto tools for third-party applications
  6. Perpetual “Best of Breed” technology available