New Photoelectric Sensor from Rockwell Automation Built for Demanding Applications
High-performance sensor offers long-distance detection and increased environmental tolerance for industries such as food and beverage, material handling and packaging
The new Allen-Bradley 42AF RightSight M30 photoelectric sensor from Rockwell Automation is the latest addition to the smart sensing portfolio. Built with improved environmental resistance and long-distance detection in a mid-sized, right-angle housing, the RightSight M30 smart sensor offers the flexibility and performance required for a wide range of high-demand applications.
“Our new photoelectric sensor was developed to help increase reliability in harsh environments where dirt or undesired particles could accumulate on the sensor lens,” says Adonis Evangelista, product manager, Rockwell Automation.
Built with IO-Link capability, the sensor easily integrates into The Connected Enterprise by delivering data and diagnostics from the sensor directly into a control system to help minimize downtime and increase productivity. With this capability, the sensor provides information such as signal strength, location, proximity alarms and timing functions that help create operational efficiencies and streamline troubleshooting. The 360-degree high visibility LED power and status indicators further assist in setup, monitoring and troubleshooting.
The durable, right-angle housing offers a universal 30 mm nose and 18 mm base mount for fast, flexible installation and replacement. The IP67/IP69k/1200 psi rated housing is fully sealed, enabling the RightSight M30 to withstand tough industrial environments, including those involving high-pressure and high-temperature wash-downs. Featuring multiple sensing modes, the sensor is also available in easy-to-apply, adjustment-free models and teachable versions that adjust sensitivity and output configuration at the push of a button.
High Performance Color Sensing
The new Allen-Bradley 46CLR True Color Sensor from Rockwell Automation is a high-performance color-sensing solution. Suitable for a wide range of industries including food and beverage, automotive, manufacturing and consumer electronics – the sensor features patent pending distance correction technology that delivers consistent color detection at ranges up to 65mm.
Additional features include internal storage of up to seven colors when operating in color match mode, and embedded IO-Link functionality for enhanced diagnostics and linkage to The Connected Enterprise.
Next Generation Medium Voltage Soft Starter
The Allen-Bradley Bulletin 1560F/1562F Medium Voltage Soft Starter Controller offers enhanced modes of operation to meet various application needs with advanced diagnostic and metering functionality, including: Motor and Controller Protection; Power and Energy Monitoring; Trending and Performance Diagnostics; ‘Snap Shot’ Diagnostics and Fault and Alarm Event Logs.
The Bulletin 1560/1562F next generation Medium voltage soft start controller features SMC-50 Advanced Smart Motor Control module. This controller is designed for flexibility – offering a distinct differentiation in market through its flexible modes of operation and advanced diagnostic capabilities.
The soft start controller also features a built-in commissioning wizard, auto-tuning capabilities, torque control start and is equipped with pump Control Mode.
Combine Process and Safety with AADvance-Trusted SIS Workstation Software
The Rockwell Automation AADvance Safety System is a scalable Safety Instrumented System (SIS) that provides flexible controller redundancy – allowing you to apply different levels of module redundancy as required by specific parts of your application. This solution enables you to specify the level of safety integrity and availability you need throughout your plant.
The latest AADvance-Trusted SIS Workstation software is combining two tools into one: AADvance Workbench and Trusted Toolset. Featuring faster development and compilation time, you no longer have to learn, install and maintain separate tools for your various process safety needs.
This redesigned development environment supports the latest Windows versions, offers an intuitive and natural methodology of creating your safety applications and complete migration of your existing AADvance and Trusted applications.
Latest FactoryTalk Warehouse Management Improves Material Handling
The efficiency and reliability of material handling automation systems often determine the productivity and profitability of a warehouse or distribution center. Manufacturers want to produce and ship product to customers faster, cheaper and with increased quality. Smart manufacturing enabled by The Connected Enterprise is driving new opportunities for end-users to optimize their production and supply chain
The latest FactoryTalk Warehouse Management provides the capability to control logistical processes and operations in a warehouse. It provides full inventory transparency and permits increasing warehouse efficiency by: Reducing the material handling steps; Reducing material logistics errors; Controlling inventory more tightly; Improving inventory accuracy and Tracking inventory.
In addition, the pharma industry will benefit from seamless integration with PharmaSuite which greatly simplifies handing material to production and accepting product into the warehouse.
Software Reduces Development Time for Standalone Machines
Machine builders can maximize design productivity and get standalone machines to market faster with the latest release of the Connected Components Workbench Software. Offering controller programming, device configuration, and integration with HMI editor as one package.
Simplify your standalone machine development for multiple industries and reduce development time with Version 12 that includes Logix theme for a more comfortable Logix user experience. Shorten your programming process with sample code, user-defined functions, and user-defined function blocks. Controllers and applications can be easily scaled with the convertor tool and copy and paste feature.
In addition, the latest Connected Components Workbench Software supports device communications to FactoryTalk Linx for enhanced security. It also includes Micro850 48-pt controller simulator with EtherNet/IP and simulated digital and analog I/O with Micro800 plug-in and expansion I/O modules.
The latest version also includes enhancements to PanelView 800 DesignStation, to help reduce programming time. It also supports Micro870 24-point controllers with 120V AC inputs, E200 electronic overload relays and provides trending for monitoring PowerFlex drives, including the 755T AC drive.
Micro870 Controller Delivers Advanced Scalability and Flexibility
Machine builders and end users who look for customizable, cost-effective and space-saving solutions with just the right performance often choose the Micro800 controller family. The all-new Micro870 controller offers a higher level of scalability, flexibility and customization.
With double the memory of the Micro850 controller and supporting up to eight expansion I/O modules – the Micro870 controller brings the benefits of Micro800 controller platform to your larger and more complex standalone applications. The Micro870 controller is now available with 120V AC input type.
Extended Line of Thin Clients Help Increase Flexibility Across the Enterprise
VersaView 5200 thin client portfolio from Rockwell Automation helps simplify management of devices and users
With many applications on multiple displays throughout a plant floor, manufacturers struggle to manage numerous sources of content. The newly expanded portfolio of Allen-Bradley VersaView 5200 thin clients from Rockwell Automation using ThinManager software helps manufacturers more easily manage their applications.
“The latest additions to the VersaView 5200 portfolio allow end users to choose a single display or multiple displays with a variety of resolution options,” said Matt Hansen, product manager, Rockwell Automation. “Customers leveraging ThinManager software can now match the right thin client hardware to their specific application needs.”
The expanded VersaView 5200 portfolio includes five thin clients: single display, dual display, dual 4K display, multi 4K display and integrated display. The multi 4K is the first in the industry to offer seven displays and is exclusively supported by ThinManager software.
The new thin clients each offer unique benefits. The single display offers a compact design, with a single DisplayPort video output. The dual 4K display includes a high-performance quad core Intel Atom CPU for more demanding applications. The multi 4K display offers a high-performance quad core Intel i5 CPU for applications requiring multiple displays.
The VersaView 5200 non-display thin client options are ideal for use with VersaView 5100 monitors. This two-piece solution separates the monitor and thin client, so either can be replaced independently.
The VersaView 5200 thin clients are designed to be used exclusively with ThinManager software. The software centrally manages content and visualization for every aspect of modern industrial operations. It can help reduce downtime and maintenance by simplifying the management of all devices and users. The location-based Relevance technology from Rockwell Automation can deliver targeted content based on role and location.
When used with the ThinManager software, the VersaView 5200 thin clients can start receiving information as soon as they are plugged in. Device configuration is not needed, resulting in faster device replacement. Information is stored on a server to help protect sensitive information. The ThinManager software also provides multifactor user authentication, including biometric authentication using fingerprint scanning.
New Allen-Bradley Controller Steers Operators to Better Production Decisions
Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5480 controller combines Logix control and Windows-based computing in one platform
Industrial workers can strengthen their grasp of production and make more informed operating decisions with the new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5480 controller by Rockwell Automation. The controller marries a Logix control engine and the Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system in a single platform, allowing workers to view machine information at its source.
“The controller can collect raw machine data and reveal it to workers as useful information, right at the machine level,” said Jason Shaw, global product manager, controllers, Rockwell Automation. “Providing these insights close to where they’re produced allows workers to make smarter and faster operating decisions. As a result, they can better react to issues and ultimately increase productivity in a Connected Enterprise.”
The controller can reduce latency by performing real-time data collection at the machine level. Users can view control information at its source, and other information can be sent upstream to the enterprise or cloud. The ability to run Windows applications on-premises can also reduce the need for a separate PC on the plant floor and shrink a machine’s footprint.
“Companies deploying Industrial IoT technologies no longer have the luxury of choosing between cloud or on-premises architectures – they need both,” said Matthew Littlefield, president and principal analyst, LNS Research. “The ability to access control-system data at the machine level and access insights from the cloud can deliver the agile decision-making that many companies desire.”
The CompactLogix 5480 controller can support applications with up to 150 axes of motion. This makes it ideal for large packaging and converting, printing and web applications that would benefit from a simplified architecture and smaller footprint. The controller also provides faster scan-time execution and motion-loop updates to help improve machine throughput.
The controller incorporates multiple security functions, including user authentication and authorization, role-based access and digitally signed encryption. And because the Windows operating system runs independently from the control engine, any disruptions to the operating system will not affect machine or line control.
Compact GuardLogix 5380 Safety Controller
Optimized for faster safety reaction time to reduce safe distance and risk of injury
Manufacturers are continually looking for control solutions that adhere to the latest global safety standards while dealing with competitive pressures to reduce costs and improve productivity. The latest addition to the CompactLogix 5380 family of controllers – the Compact GuardLogix 5380 safety controller – delivers integrated control and safety capabilities.
Providing increased performance, capacity, productivity and security to help meet the growing demands of smart machines and equipment, the Compact GuardLogix 5380 safety controller is ideal for small to mid-size applications that require low axis motion and I/O point counts. It is also available in conformally coated formats for harsh environments.
The latest Compact GuardLogix controller provides a single controller for standard and safety control with a single network and programming environment for both standard and safety control functions. In addition, the controller has networked safety functions with drives and motion.
Delivering the foundation to drive plantwide optimization efficiently and effectively, the Compact GuardLogix 5380 safety controller provides scalable options for high performance and integrated safety.