ArmorStart Distributed Motor Controllers

Our ArmorStart® Distributed Motor Controllers are a cost-effective, simple solution to your on-machine architecture. These controllers use quick disconnects for I/O, communications, motor, three-phase, and control power while offering several communication options. These controllers provide a solution integrated into EtherNet/IP™ and DeviceNet™ networks and options for safety installations. ArmorStart controllers are ideal for automotive, material handling, and packaging applications.

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ArmorStart Distributed Motor Control Solutions Brochure ArmorStart Distributed Motor Controllers Selection Guide ArmorConnect Power and Control Media Selection Guide


  • Offers EtherNet/IP™ or DeviceNet™ communication capabilities and Embedded Switch Technology
  • Offers local disconnecting means, embedded field I/O, and local logic that uses DeviceLogix® software
  • Offers LED status and diagnostic indication
  • Includes a hardened, wash-down rating with the ability to mount the device near the motor or machine, which provides shorter cable runs
  • Allows the ability to choose factory installed options for specific applications
  • Is suitable for group installations with high short circuit current rating
  • Available for use with round quick connect power media or fixed pipe and wire

Product Comparison

ArmorStart LT
ArmorStart ST
Models 290, 291, 294 281, 284
Starter Power Range 0.37...2.2 kW 0.37...7.5 kW
VFD Power Range 0.37...1.5 kW 0.75...3.3 kW
VFD Control V/HZ SVC
High Fault SCCR up to 10 kA up to 65 kA

EtherNet/IP and/or

Logix AOP Configuration X X
DeviceLogix X X
Auto-device Configuration X X*
Dual-port Ethernet Switch X X
Hardwired Safety Option   X
Embedded Safety I/O Integrated Safety   X*
Embedded IO 6 configurable 4 in/2 out
ArmorConnect® Compatible X X
UL Group Motor Listed X X
Enclosure Rating IP66/Type 4/12 IP67/Type 4/13
Construction Single Box Two Box
*Integrated safety version only    

Additional Information


  • Learn more about the ArmorConnect® media options through the following overview videos:
    • Auxiliary Power Media
    • Control Power Media
    • Three-phase Power Media
    • Industrial Ethernet Media
    • Motor and I/O Cabling System
  • Watch and learn more about the benefits of our On-Machine™ design philosophy.
  • See if the ArmorStart Distributed Motor Controller is the right fit for your application.
  • The ArmorStart Virtual Demo explains the benefits of the ArmorStart® Distributed Motor Controller family, including:
    • Product positioning within the product family
    • Potential savings when using the On-Machine solution
    • DeviceNet™ and EtherNet/IP™ network solutions
  • Protect your people, productivity, and environment with our Safety Components and integrated Safety Solutions. We understand your factory floor challenges and can help you meet your goals with one of the broadest safety portfolios in the industry.

Product Selection




Note: Certifications and standards vary by ArmorStart Distributed Motor Controller type. See the listed specification publications for details.

  • cULus — File No. E477761; Guide Nos. NLDX, NLDX7
  • cULus — File No. E59272; Guide Nos. NMMS, NMMS7


Standards Compliance

  • CCC
  • CE Marked per Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC and EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • CSA C22.2, No. 14
  • C-Tick
  • EN/IEC 50178
  • EN/IEC 60947-4
  • EN/IEC 60947-4-1
  • EN/IEC 60947-4-2
  • EN/IEC 61800-3
  • EN/IEC 61800-5-1
  • ODVA for EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet
  • UL 508
  • UL 508C
  • TÜV
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Resource Publication Number Language
ArmorStart Distributed Motor Control Solutions Brochure 280-BR001
ArmorStart Distributed Motor Controllers Selection Guide 280-SG002
ArmorConnect Power and Control Media Selection Guide 280PWR-SG001
ArmorStart ST Distributed Motor Controller Specifications 280ES-TD001
ArmorStart LT Distributed Motor Controller Specifications Technical Data 290-TD001
ArmorStart and ArmorStart LT Connectivity Quick Reference Guide 280-CL002
ArmorStart Connection System Quick Reference Guide Collection 280-CL003
ArmorStart and ArmorStart ST Connectivity Quick Reference Guide Collection 280ES-CL001
Group Installation Listing Requirements for Drives and Contactor-based Motor Controllers 280-WP001
Bulletin 280, 281, 283, 284 ArmorStart User Manual 280-UM002
Bulletin 280D, 281D, 284D ArmorStart Safety User Manual 280-UM004
Bulletin 280E, 281E, 284E ArmorStart with EtherNet/IP User Manual 280E-UM001
Bulletin 280ES ArmorStart ST Motor Controller User Manual 280ES-UM001
ArmorStart ST Motor Controller with Integrated Safety User Manual 280ES-UM002
Bulletin 290E, 291E, 294E ArmorStart LT Distributed Motor Controller with DeviceNet User Manual 290D-UM001
Bulletin 290E, 291E, 294E ArmorStart LT with EtherNet/IP User Manual 290E-UM001
Applying More Than One ArmorStart Motor Controller in a Single Application Guide 280-AT003
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Our ArmorStart™ controllers are suitable for many applications that include:

  • Material handling applications such as food processing, beverage industry, automotive industry, distribution warehouse centers, and airport baggage handling systems
  • Mining applications such as conveyor belts, pumps, and compressors
  • Petrochemical applications such as pumps, fans, and compressors