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Rockwell Automation Combines Architecture, Technology and Expertise to Meet Demanding Motion Control Needs

November 152005
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 16, 2005 — Design engineers are meeting motion control demands with greater ease, as integrated motion control solutions are more flexible and precise than ever before. Integrated motion refers to the tight coordination of controllers, servo drives, servo motors and actuators. Integrated precisely, OEMs and end users save time and benefit from better machine performance, which equates to higher productivity and lower total cost of ownership. With Kinetix Integrated Motion, Rockwell Automation engineers directly address the need for a single, integrated control architecture, bringing unmatched flexibility to machine design, and unprecedented efficiency to the manufacturing floor.

Machine flexibility is exactly where traditional motion control systems have fallen short. Traditional solutions typically employ a dedicated controller for logic and I/O control, and a second controller for motion, making machine programming, synchronization, product changeovers and maintenance more challenging. Integrated motion control, meanwhile, puts increased focus on the entire application and its relation to other plant-floor activities.

“An integrated motion solution can help users significantly lower system costs, simplify installation and ease maintenance,” said Mike Miclot, marketing director, Automation Control and Information Group, Rockwell Automation. “It offers OEMs an economical solution, from basic motion through the highest performance segments of the motion control market.”

To further improve motion integration, Rockwell Automation will add to its portfolio four new Allen-Bradley products at Automation Fair 2005. They include the CompactLogix 1768-L43 controller, Kinetix 6000 Servo Drive now with GuardMotion, Kinetix 7000 High-Power Servo Drives, and the MP-Series Integrated Linear Actuators.

CompactLogix 1768-L43. Performance and cost-efficiency are in perfect balance with the new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 1768-L43 controller from Rockwell Automation. Controlling up to four axes of motion, the CompactLogix 1768-L43 controller is ideal for material handling, packaging, metal forming and other applications requiring speed, motion synchronization and information-sharing capabilities – all in a small, modular footprint.

As an addition to the Rockwell Automation Kinetix Integrated Motion offering, the controller combines motion and sequential control into a single, integrated multitasking platform. CompactLogix 1768-L43 will offer 38 embedded motion instructions and support a full range of networks, including DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP, enabling a seamless flow of information from the smallest device up through the enterprise business system. CompactLogix also leverages the same Logix control engine, motion, networking technology and communications services as the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and SoftLogix controllers, making it part of a complete, scalable control architecture. The CompactLogix 1768-L43 controller will be available in January 2006.

Kinetix 7000 and Kinetix 6000 servo drives. To support applications with the highest power requirements, such as Web handling, printing and converting, Rockwell Automation has expanded its family of servo drives with the new Allen-Bradley Kinetix 7000 drive. With a power output of 15 to 150 kilowatts, this new high-power servo drive extends the benefits of Kinetix to an even greater range of applications. The Kinetix 7000 high-power drive supports 3-phase AC input power (380-480VAC) as well as DC input for common bus applications. The initial release of the product line handles applications with power requirements of 22 -112 kW (30-150 HP). A future release of the Kinetix 7000 will expand the power range to 150 kW (200 HP).

The Kinetix 7000 servo drives, as well as the Kinetix 6000 drives, will feature GuardMotion technology. GuardMotion is the basis for safety innovations integrated into Kinetix motion control products. The new safe torque-off capability integrated in these drives can increase productivity by allowing manufacturers and machine builders to implement machine solutions that provide safety and maximum machine availability. Tasks such as machine setup, cleaning, removal of jams and other typical maintenance tasks that previously required power-down conditions, can now be accomplished without removing power from the entire machine. With the safe-off capability, the drive output is safely disabled to eliminate motor torque. As a result, users enjoy faster machine restart and shorter machine downtime.

With the same I/O connections, wiring, status codes, displays, SERCOS interface and GuardMotion safety functionality, customers who use Kinetix 6000 and Kinetix 7000 servo drives will also have maximum commonality across machines at any power range.

MP-Series Integrated Linear Actuators. OEMs and end users seeking a compact, efficient and cost-effective alternative to pneumatic, hydraulic actuation or component¬based servo actuator solutions can benefit from the new Allen-Bradley MP-Series Integrated Linear Actuators. This new addition to the MP-Series servo motor line from Rockwell Automation is a rod-style, electro-mechanical actuator that combines the motor, long life ballscrew actuator, and a high-resolution absolute feedback device into a single unit, reducing mechanical complexity and assembly requirements.

With upcoming enhancements to RSLogix 5000 programming software, users will have a built-in menu for selecting and configuring actuators for their application, as well as built-in tag diagnostics for monitoring actuator status. The built-in diagnostics can be used to provide information regarding lubrication intervals, maintenance tasks and actuator operation needed for maximum uptime and machine OEE. The MP-Series Integrated Linear Actuators will be available in early 2006.

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 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on Kinetix Integrated Motion solutions from Rockwell Automation, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800-223-5354, ext. 1883.

Visit their website at www.rockwellautomation.com.
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