Rockwell Automation introduces Allen-Bradley GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers | Automation.com

Rockwell Automation introduces Allen-Bradley GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers

Rockwell Automation introduces Allen-Bradley GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers

April 16, 2018 — Rockwell Automation introduced the Allen-Bradley GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers, which can be scaled from safety system levels SIL 2/PLd to SIL 3/PLe. This scalability can help engineers optimize a safety system design, while adhering to the latest machine safety regulations.

The controllers can also help engineers consolidate the number of controllers they use in complex machines. Having a single controller for both standard and safety control can help improve productivity and reduce the system’s complexity and cabinet size.

Embedded gigabit Ethernet on the GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers provides communications capacity to support the growing number of smart devices. This can help engineers meet data-intensive smart-manufacturing goals without adding extra hardware. It also can help future proof machines for end users that may someday need to collect and share more data.  
 
The controllers, when used with the Studio 5000 integrated development environment and Kinetix 5700 servo drive, support new safe-stop, safe-speed, safe-position and other safe-monitoring functions. These safety functions can create more flexibility in safety system operations, for example, slowing down a machine instead of stopping it when a worker approaches. TThese new functions are implemented using built-in safety instructions available in the Studio 5000 software.

Engineers can also use the safety functions to support applications like collaborative robots. If a human comes too close to the robot, the system can detect their presence and either slow down or stop the robot’s motion. 

The GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers are TÜV certified for functional safety.

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation is dedicated to industrial automation and information, making its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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