Bedrock Passes EMP Test Protocol

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 01:06 PM gHale


Bedrock Automation’s Open Secure Automation (OSA) platform is in full compliance to Military Standard 461 (MIL-STD-461F) and International Electrical Commission 61000 (IEC 61000) for electromagnetic pulse (EMP) resistance.

Dayton Brown, an independent military and industrial testing firm conducted test RS105 on a fully operational Bedrock system. The test involved repeated 50,000 V/m nanosecond EMP strikes to emulate the energy of a High Altitude Electromechanical Pulse (HEMP), as would be created by an atmospheric nuclear detonation. The Bedrock system performed without error and without consequential damage during and after the test, even after seven complete consecutive test runs.

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“The possibility of an electromagnetic pulse knocking out critical infrastructure is of growing concern to global security experts,” said Bedrock CTO and Engineering VP Albert Rooyakkers. “To ensure that defense technology remains functional in the event of such an attack, the U.S. has long-established rigid design and testing requirements for military electronics and we believe that Bedrock is the first and only industrial control system that meets these specifications.”

Dayton Brown tested the system in a configuration that represents a real use setting. The test system deployed a loaded backplane and Bedrock Secure I/O, Power, and Controller Modules, with copper and fiber optic Gigabit Ethernet communications. Where MIL-STD 461 compliance requires withstanding only 5 blasts, the Bedrock system survived more than 30 blasts without faltering.

Along with cyber security, EMP compliance is also a design aspect of the Bedrock system. Bedrock engineers achieved it by incorporating numerous detailed design elements, including the creation and deployment of a pinless backplane, which eliminates the possibility of pins as antennae to absorb and disperse energy. As a result, EMP protection is standard to every Bedrock control system.

For more information about how Bedrock Automation has incorporated EMP protection into its intrinsic cyber defense, click here to register to download the whitepaper: “OSA White Paper, Chapter Three – Intrinsic Cyber Security Fundamentals.”