Automation Fair demonstrates Integrated Architecture

  • November 14, 2007
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Rockwell Automation
  • News
CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2007 — At the annual Automation Fair event taking place this year in Chicago, Rockwell Automation is diving deep into helping end users and OEMs achieve an advanced level of integration, which allows for optimal information-sharing from production through the rest of the enterprise. Unlike many control and information solutions that consist of loosely-integrated technologies, the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture uses a system approach that helps lower integration costs, improves manufacturing agility, and helps end users to make faster, better business decisions. “Looking beyond the functionality and value of the individual technologies that make up an integrated environment – control, networking, visualization and information – a comprehensive system can exponentially help enhance a manufacturer’s factory performance and lower the total cost to design, install, operate and maintain machinery,” said Ken Deken, Logix/NetLinx vice president, Rockwell Automation. “With the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture, end users can leverage many advantages, such as a common database, tag-based memory, library of faceplates and a single communications protocol and operating environment, to help improve the user’s experience.” Cement machine builder, FLSmidth Inc. implemented a networked control solution from Rockwell Automation to help increase communications and diagnostic capabilities on its DOCKSIDER barge unloading system. The improved capabilities saved FLSmidth and its customers hours of phone troubleshooting and potential downtime. Furthermore, the ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) allows FLSmidth customers to store diagnostic data and use it as trending information, enabling predictive maintenance practices down the road. Automation Fair is the premier industry event focusing on advanced automation products, integrated control and information architecture, value-add services and solutions. At the event, Rockwell Automation will provide visitors to the Integrated Architecture Booth – number 339 – with a first look at the newest technologies, including: Controllers Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L2x – An extension of the cost-effective CompactLogix Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) family, the new CompactLogix L2x series helps to provide a variety of base packages with built-in discrete and analog I/O, high speed counter, and RS-232 and Ethernet ports. The series also adds flexibility to expand the system up to 96 I/O using popular 1769 Compact I/O. The CompactLogix L2x series can handle many applications that traditionally called for larger, more expensive controllers, and provide machine builders the connectivity, features and performance advantages of the Integrated Architecture in a lower price package. Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L45 – The Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L45 controller offers expanded scalability and integrated motion control capabilities to the Logix Control Platform. Controlling up to eight axes of motion, the L45 is ideal for OEMs, machine builders and end users with small- to mid-range applications. Additionally, the programmable automation controller supports use of multiple network cards, including DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP, enabling a seamless interaction and flow of information from the smallest device up through the enterprise business system. Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L32E and L35E: Marine Certified – The Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L32E and L35E controllers are now marine-certified to help meet the unique operational challenges associated with automation equipment in these environments. These controllers were tested to evaluate their performance in high humidity, extreme hot and cold temperatures, vibration and electromagnetic compatibility. Each was also evaluated to help ensure that radio frequency emissions do not exceed the established marine industry standards for interference with a ship’s electronic devices. Shipbuilders and other manufacturers operating in marine-related environments now can select a powerful control system with high-performance features, exceptional scalability and proven reliability. Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000 Programming Software: New Versions – The latest versions of RSLogix 5000 software include more than 30 product enhancements that help users simplify programming and configuration, and ease maintenance and troubleshooting of control and information systems. Key features include: user-defined add-on instructions to help improve standardization and code reuse; integrated drives configuration for faster setup and easier maintenance of drive systems; FuzzyDesigner, which helps users create advanced control strategies for Logix family processors; Kinematics geometry extensions for delta robots to help reduce integration and control system costs, and provide a common hardware and software architecture for packaging applications; and alarm instructions which helps to simplify programming, reduce network bandwidth usage, increase time stamping accuracy and most importantly, integrate with a full suite of visualization alarm management and logging capabilities provided with the new FactoryTalk View SE. Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Communication Modules – A new ControlLogix DeviceNet communication module (1756-DNB/C) provides 1 MB of user memory, allowing for ADR backup of a full network. The 1756-DNB/C is ideal for laptop PC users with USB access to the DeviceNet network and controller. Also available is the new ControlLogix ControlNet communication module (1756-CN2R/B), which doubles the number of connections and helps to provide increased capacity for I/O applications using unscheduled messaging. The 1756-CN2R/B is ideal for laptop PC users with USB access to the ControlNet network and controller. Automation Fair Integrated Architecture-Control Solution Tour Networks Rockwell Automation and Cisco Modular Managed Switches – This Rockwell Automation and Cisco co-branded industrial managed switch line is the first of its kind. It includes features optimized for both IT and manufacturing environments, combining the best of Cisco and Rockwell Automation in an industrial product line. The switch line uses the current Cisco operating system, feature set and user interface, making IT professionals feel at home. At the same time, it helps provide easy setup and comprehensive diagnostic information from within the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture. It uses CIP tags and configuration screens in RSLogix5000, and diagnostic faceplates for FactoryTalk View, which is the preferred way for controls and automation professionals to integrate networked devices for controls. Modular and industrially rated, the product line scales from six to 26 ports with options for copper and fiber to meet a variety of applications. Fixed Managed Switches – Featuring simple setup and default configurations for EtherNet/IP, this line of fixed managed switches is designed to help ease deployment of Ethernet on the plant floor. It integrates setup and diagnostic information into Logix using CIP. The small, fixed form-factor provides four or eight copper ports with an option for a fiber uplink to higher level networks. It is perfect for OEM machinery as well as for applications with small or highly distributed networked devices. Embedded Switch Technology for Linear & Ring Topologies – Rockwell Automation embeds Ethernet switch technology directly into end devices to help enable greater topology configuration choices for EtherNet/IP applications, such as daisy-chain and ring. The technology allows for high performance ring capability (make/break < 1ms), complete with diagnostics. The hardware embeds popular switch features useful in high performance applications without the need for configuration. These features include IEEE-1588 time synchronization, QoS (prioritization), SFTP for ring configurations (fault-tolerance), IGMP snooping and cutthrough. A standalone three-port module is available with the initial release of products and will allow one-port Ethernet devices to participate in the new topologies. This technology is openly available to third parties. Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) – In addition to its expanding portfolio of switches, Rockwell Automation continues to extend its family of CIP-based automation controls. CIP is an application layer shared by DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP that helps to provide a set of common services for control, configuration, collection and sharing. This standard, media-independent layer offers numerous benefits to automation users: low costs, ease of use, simple product and network integration, and multi-vendor interoperability. Motion Allen-Bradley MP-Series Integrated Linear Stages – Rockwell Automation has introduced a new line of linear stages that can help OEMs reduce the time and costs associated with machine design, programming and commissioning. The Allen-Bradley MP-Series Integrated Linear Stages helps to eliminate the need to combine separate components from multiple suppliers, and consequently, also helps to eliminate the related assembly labor. Available in both direct drive and ballscrew versions, these linear stages feature full setup and programming support through RSLogix 5000 software, providing seamless integration into the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture. The linear stages also offer quick change exterior cable track and an IP30 environmental rating. Allen-Bradley Enhanced TL-Series (TLY) Servo Motors – With the recent launch of the new Allen-Bradley TL-Series (TLY) servo motors from Rockwell Automation, customers will continue to enjoy all the benefits of the original TL-Series motors along with some important added features. Motor enhancements include more robust connectors, grounding and shielding enhancements, RoHS compliance as well as brake leads incorporated into the power connector (brake versions only). Teamed with the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 2000 servo drive and CompactLogix Programmable Automation Controller, these new motors help provide customers with a cost-effective integrated motion solution which is ideal for small- and mid-sized OEMs. Bradley Motion Analyzer 4.4 – Rockwell Automation is announcing an updated version of Motion Analyzer – a well-established software tool that uses machine design data to recommend the best suited motor-drive combination for a customer’s application. The new Motion Analyzer 4.4 provides customers with additional capabilities which help to enhance machine performance, optimize system selection, decrease time to market, and reduce the risk of design errors and machine failure. By using optimization, simulation and performance prediction tools, Motion Analyzer can help machine builders condense their design cycle and optimize their motion control system cost and size. Motion Analyzer is available as a free download at:" Integrated Kinematics – The integrated kinematics capabilities of the Allen-Bradley Logix Control Platform within the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture allows users to use the same hardware and software architecture to help control the discrete, motion, safety and robot sections of their packaging lines. Support is provided for a broad range of robot types including Cartesian, SCARA, Delta and Articulated Arm. Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. The company brings together leading global brands in industrial automation which include Allen-Bradley controls and services and Rockwell Software factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., the company employs about 19,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. Learn More

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