Rockwell Automation First to Offer Industrial Operator Interfaces With UL Listings for Hazardous Locations
Allen-Bradley® PanelView displays with UL listings reduce installation time and expense MILWAUKEE, May 22, 2003 To help customers save time and reduce the cost of equipment certification, Rockwell Automation has announced that its Allen-Bradley® PanelView line of operator interface products has received the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listing for Class I Division 2, Class II Division 2, and Class III Division 1 locations in the United States and Canada. As UL-listed products, PanelView operator interfaces meet the United States National Electric Code and Canadian Electrical Code standards of certification for hazardous location equipment installations.The UL-certified Allen-Bradley PanelView line reduces installation time and expense by allowing OEMs and end users to install the operator interface directly into the application and avoid the cost of additional equipment and recertification. For machine builders, OEMs and end users who spend time searching for components with acceptable environmental ratings, having this certification is a significant time- and money-saver, said Clark Kromenaker, marketing manager, Rockwell Automation. Without the appropriate UL listing, companies spend an average of $5,000 to have their installation recertified to meet their hazardous locations requirements. The new hazardous location ratings mean that PanelView products can now be used in industries that were previously off-limits to the operator interface, he said.The PanelView terminals offer a rugged electronic operator interface in a variety of sizes and configurations from stand-alone single systems to multi-layer, enterprise-wide solutions. Each system is capable of providing process information over a variety of communication protocols including DeviceNet, ControlNet, Data Highway Plus, Remote I/O, DF1 (RS-232), DH-485, PROFIBUS, and Modbus. 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 PanelView operator interface, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1615.
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