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Rockwell Automation Expands FLEX™ Family of I/O Products with Diagnostic Capabilities and Design Options

May 062004
Providing Customers with New Diagnostic Capabilities and Design Options

MILWAUKEE, May 6, 2004 - Rockwell Automation today announced it has expanded its Allen-Bradley FLEX family of modular I/O products, giving system designers and end users improved diagnostic capabilities, greater design flexibility and a broader selection of cost-saving I/O options. Designed for distributed, in-cabinet applications, the line expansion features new digital diagnostic modules, 32-point I/O modules and an Intrinsically Safe (IS) coax barrier for the ControlNet network.

"As OEMs and end users look for more options and functions from I/O modules, we continue to meet their evolving needs by investing in and expanding the FLEX I/O family," said Pat Moyer, product marketing manager, Rockwell Automation. "These recent additions offer valuable features and capabilities to help designers and end users build smarter, more flexible and cost-effective systems."

1794-IB16D and 1794-OB16D
The new digital diagnostic modules - 1794-IB16D and 1794-OB16D - allow control systems users to quickly identify conditions that may result in system failure, improving troubleshooting speed and accuracy and helping prevent downtime. The modules can detect open wire, short circuit and reverse polarity of external power. When a fault is detected, the module reports the error to a specified device, such as a human machine interface.

1794-IB32 and 1794-OB32P
The 32-point I/O modules, 1794-IB32 and 1794-OB32P, add new capabilities to the FLEX I/O family by providing a cost-effective solution for I/O installations where more than 128 I/O points are required in a single location or panel. For users with a large number of I/O points, these additions save panel space by reducing the number of modules required. The 1794-IB32 is a 24 VDC sink input module, and the 1794-OB32P is a 24 VDC protected source output module.

1797-BCNR
The 1797-BCNR is a FLEXEx ControlNet coax barrier module that allows users to connect to FLEXEx ControlNet adapters in hazardous areas via coax directly from the safe area without having to convert to fiber media and hubs. This gives users architectural flexibility and a more cost-effective method for using FLEXEx in intermediate point count applications.

All five of the FLEX I/O family additions are now available.

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 latest extension to the FLEX family of I/O products, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1714.

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