Rockwell Automation displays integrated control and information systems at Promat

Integrated control and information systems from Rockwell Automation on display at ProMat 2007

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 04, 2007 — At ProMat 2007, Rockwell Automation will focus on critical issues facing material handling OEMs and end users including performance, life cycle cost, safety and information integration. The Rockwell Automation exhibit (Booth No. 1523) will showcase the company’s wide range of integrated control and information systems that provide manufacturers with significant productivity and cost savings benefits. ProMat 2007 is scheduled for Jan. 8 through 11 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

“Material handling manufacturers are under a lot of competitive pressure to meet goals that often pull in opposite directions, such as increased performance and lower costs,” said Ken Fry, material handling business development manager, Rockwell Automation. “To achieve these goals, they need an automation supplier like Rockwell Automation that can offer a full range of products and support, but that also has the industry expertise to truly understand their business drivers.”

Rockwell Automation has been a player in the material handling industry for many years. The company’s Integrated Architecture™ leverages that expertise to provide countless benefits to OEMs and end users. These include flexibility, scalability and reduced total cost of ownership. Featured solutions from Rockwell Automation for the material handling industry that will be shown at ProMat include:

Smart Belt Technology is widely used in manufacturing applications to evenly space out products so they are properly fed into a machine such as a flow wrapper or cartoner. Through the use of Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000 programming software, all motor and drive parameters are defined as part of the motion axis configuration and require no secondary software package for the machine or drive setup. A controller, such as the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix programmable automation controller (PAC), automatically configures the drives over the SERCOS interface, allowing the drives to be powered-up right out of the box with little configuration by the user. Programming is simplified as well with the use of global controller tags and local program tags that allow each correction belt to have identical logic yet function separately.

The EWEB module for CompactLogix gives OEMs and end users easier access to machine diagnostics by providing network connectivity and Web capabilities for simplified remote data monitoring, data sharing and troubleshooting. The new module supports EtherNet/IP communications, enabling users to view plant-floor data via Web pages, receive alarm notifications via e-mail, and transmit system data to a variety of external applications using Extensible Markup Language (XML) data. Using Web pages also eliminates the need for any special software to remotely access plant floor data.

DeviceLogix Smart Component Technology integrates logic-solving capability into I/O, motor starters, push buttons and other control components, providing higher-performance and lower-cost distributed control. This ability to integrate computation power in control system components provides OEMs and end users with an increasing availability of components that are capable of performing simple control. Further, since the logic needed to perform an operation resides within the smart device, the time for an input to be sensed and an output to be actuated decreases, significantly improving machine performance.

Rockwell Automation will also showcase its commitment to open networking protocols such as CIP Safety on DeviceNet. As the safety extension to DeviceNet developed by the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA), this digital, open device level network provides connections between simple industrial devices (such as sensors and actuators) and higher-level devices (such as programmable controllers and computers). The safety extension employs the proven Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) to provide the control, configuration and data collection capabilities for industrial devices, allowing safety devices to co-exist with standard control devices on a DeviceNet network. Now, safety sensors can operate alongside variable speed drives and safety controllers can communicate with standard programmable controllers and proximity switches, which provides significant productivity advantages for material handling applications.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), is a leading global provider of automation, power, control, and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A., the company employs about 23,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
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