Rockwell Automation Expands Allen-Bradley® POINT I/O™ Family with ControlNet™ Network Interface Adapter | Automation.com

Rockwell Automation Expands Allen-Bradley® POINT I/O™ Family with ControlNet™ Network Interface Adapter

New adapter provides cost-efficient connectivity option for distribution of POINT I/OTM

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Mar. 3, 2003 — To provide users with cost-effective, high-speed communications in distributed I/O applications, Rockwell Automation has added a ControlNet™ network interface adapter to its Allen-Bradley® POINT I/O™ product family. The POINT I/O Redundant ControlNet Adapter (1734-ACNR) allows POINT I/O to communicate over the ControlNet network for applications requiring high-speed, deterministic, repeatable data delivery and diagnostic reporting.

“The ControlNet adapter brings powerful capabilities to users with distributed I/O that need to be integrated into a control system,” said Jim Iubelt, POINT I/O product manager, Rockwell Automation. “And with advanced functionality such as the ability to support software configurable I/O modules, the ControlNet network adapter reduces spare parts inventory and makes module replacement easier.”

The POINT I/O family consists of terminal bases with removable terminal strips, 2 and 4-point I/O modules and network interface options – all DIN rail-mounted and snapped together to meet the exact needs of an application.

With this new network adapter, POINT I/O users can tap into the benefits of an open, digital network, with the ability to directly monitor I/O status and diagnostics with an electronic operator interface. The ControlNet adapter offers flash upgradeable firmware for quick and easy field updates and also supports removal and insertion under power (RIUP) of POINT I/O modules, which can reduce costly downtime.

The ControlNet adapter features redundant media ports and supports a high-speed communication protocol with the POINT I/O modules.
The ControlNet interface adapter for POINT I/O is available immediately.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation® solutions, including Allen-Bradley® controls and engineered services and Rockwell Software® factory management software, Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, and Reliance Electric® motors and drives. The company also is a leading provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the POINT I/O ControlNet Adapter (1734-ACNR), please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1608. Or, visit www.rockwellautomation.com.
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