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Rockwell Automation Expands Predictive Maintenance Offerings with Two New Condition Monitoring Modules

October 192004
Rockwell Automation Expands Predictive Maintenance Offerings with Two New Condition Monitoring Modules
New Allen-Bradley® Entek® XM® Series modules enhance communication capabilities, help prevent downtime and protect critical plant floor equipment

MILWAUKEE, October 18, 2004 – Rockwell Automation has expanded its Allen-Bradley® Entek® XM® Series line of distributed protection and monitoring tools with two new modules designed to help manufacturers achieve and maintain optimum performance of their automation equipment.

Ideally suited for a wide array of specialized applications within the marine, power generation, water/wastewater, petrochemical and other industries with large rotating equipment, the XM Series modules leverage an application’s existing control network to gather and distribute data across the enterprise as part of a strategic predictive maintenance program.

As the industry’s first machine monitoring and protection system that successfully links maintenance tools into the control architecture, the two new XM Series condition monitoring modules — Dual Speed and Aeroderivative — can be deployed on an open standard industrial bus, allowing plant engineering and maintenance personnel to continuously and cost-efficiently monitor and protect critical plant floor assets.

“The new XM Series modules broaden the range of applications that can take advantage of the technology as part of a predictive maintenance strategy,” said Ralph DeLisio, business manager, Integrated Condition Monitoring, Rockwell Automation. “By integrating maintenance into the control design and engineering environment, organizations can achieve greater return on investment over the life of the equipment.

Information gathered by the modules allows maintenance personnel to identify developing faults and correct problems before downtime events occur, helping to prevent impacts to production and safety. Because the XM Series leverages the plant’s existing control architecture, users are able to reduce wiring by as much as 80 percent.

The XM-220 Dual Speed module is a highly accurate and configurable solution for monitoring machine speed and related parameters, such as direction of rotation and acceleration. Ideally suited for rotary equipment such as centrifuges and turbines, the module measures speed — rotor acceleration and peak speed — and is capable of detecting zero speed, locked rotor and reverse rotation.

The XM-123 Aeroderivative module is designed with the flexibility to meet the monitoring requirements of the majority of engines on the market, including gas turbine designs, which have typically required specialized solutions to address the inherent noise these machines generate. The wide compatibility of XM-123 allows customers to purchase and support just one monitor for all of their aeroderivative machine monitoring applications.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is a leading global 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 services, Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, Reliance® motors and drives, and Rockwell Software® factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the Allen-Bradley Entek XM Series distributed protection and monitoring product line, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1645.

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