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With Eye on Smart Manufacturing, Rockwell Automation Introduces New IIoT-driven Solutions

By CIOReview | Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Rockwell Automation, an industrial automation company, expands its next-generation Integrated Architecture portfolio to help users leverage the value of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and take a step forward in making the vision of ‘Connected Enterprise’ a reality. The new additions include an Allen-Bradley controller, graphic terminal, servo drive and distributed I/O system, as well as the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 and FactoryTalk software.

The emergence of the IIoT and advances in cutting edge technologies including data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility has triggered the framework for ‘The Connected Enterprise’ that offers opportunities through greater connectivity and information sharing. The information-enabled Connected Enterprise helps operations managers manage and improve manufacturing and industrial processes, reduce network complexities and exposure to information security risks and share productivity-improving information to the workers across the organization in a context that is meaningful for each role.

Studio 5000

The Studio 5000 software combines engineering and design elements into one standard framework to enable optimized productivity and reduce commissioning time. Its new version incorporates three new applications along with the Studio 5000 Logix Designer application to simplify and boost manufacturing systemdevelopment.Theneww applications include:

Studio 5000 Architect: An integrated engineering environment to streamline the time required to build Logix and FactoryTalk View automation system, reuse of content and provide seamless exchange of data between with engineering tools.

Studio 5000 View Designer: Being a part of the Studio 5000 environment, View Designer offers enhanced integration with Logix to improve operator performance.

Application Code Manager: It is a new design tool that allows leveraging of re-usable content for increasing deployment efficiency, accuracy and overall cost savings.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer: It delivers standardized framework for discrete, process, batch, motion, safety and drive-based systems to help in saving programming time. 

The new Allen-Bradley offerings include:

ControlLogix 5580 Controller

By providing increased performance, capacity, productivity, and security, ControlLogix 5580 Controllers cater to the increasing demand of smart machines and equipment for manufacturing. Using the Studio 5000 Automation Engineering & Design Environment application and Motion over EtherNet/IP, the Allen-Bradley controller provides increased capacity of up to 45 percent for applications requiring high-performance communications, I/O, and motion control of up to 256 axes.

Kinetix 5700 Servo Drive

With the Kinetix 5700 servo drive, use of multiple servo drives for large custom machines with high axis-count and power requirements not only reduces storage space requirements but also lowers down wiring requirements by about 60 percent.

Bulletin 5069 Distributed Compact I/O system

The key features of Distributed Compact I/O system include: built-in power input with field power to I/O modules; support for 31 local I/O modules including high speed counter, digital input, digital output, analog output, isolated relay output, and address reserve; support for 1 GB embedded switch technology; high-speed backplane for faster transfer rates; and improved status indicators for information module health.

PanelView 5500 Graphic Terminal

The PanelView5500 Graphic Terminal helps in building modern applications with high-speed HMI buttons for jogging applications, scalable vector graphics, and a pre-configured system banner that provides diagnostic information. During the entire automation design, engineers need to enter the configuration details only once that makes the process of designing faster and easier.

“We’ve invested significantly in the Integrated Architecture portfolio to help our customers prepare their production environments for future growth, and help machine builders simplify machines and get them to market faster. With this new portfolio and our ongoing collaboration with our PartnerNetwork members, customers have the tools to more easily design, operate and maintain smart, high-performing systems,” says Dan DeYoung, market development director, Integrated Architecture, Rockwell Automation.

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