New Motor Protection Circuit Breakers Offer Space, Time and Cost Savings
Engineers can use the new Allen-Bradley 140MP Motor Protection Circuit Breakers from Rockwell Automation to simplify motor protection.
The circuit breakers, also known as motor-protective switching devices, can be mounted on Allen-Bradley 100-C or 100-K contactors to create a two-component motor starter. The devices provide magnetic short-circuit protection and thermal-overload protection up to 32 A, and interrupting ratings up to 100 kA at 400 V.
The circuit breakers are enabled by UL approval for use in group installation. This type of installation can reduce panel space, installation and wiring time, and overall costs by eliminating the need for individual branch short-circuit protective devices for each motor circuit.
Outside North America, these devices meet the IEC 60947-4-1 requirement for motor protective switching devices. They also meet the IEC 60947-2 requirement for circuit breakers.
New PUR and PVC Single-Cable Options Ease Installation, Maintenance
Industrial operators can speed up installation times and reduce parts inventories by using a single cable to provide both power and feedback between drives and motors. And now, operators have more single-cable options at their disposal with the release of new Allen-Bradley 2090 single cables that include halogen-free PUR and PVC options.
The halogen-free options are ideal for applications like food and beverage, where users want to reduce exposure to toxins, and for applications looking to meet IEC 60754-1.
The cables are designed for systems that use Kinetix 5500 and 5700 servo drives, Kinetix VP-Series servo motors and Kinetix VPAR electric cylinders. The cables also have a smaller bend radius for continuous-flex and static applications and are available in a wide range of cable AWGs, types and connector options.
New Signaling Devices Meet Global Ratings, Certifications for Hazardous Locations
New Allen-Bradley 855X Hazardous Location Signaling Devices can help industrial operators meet the latest global hazardous-location ratings and certifications. The signaling devices include horns, beacons and combination horn-and-beacon units.
In most cases, these new 855X devices (Series B) are drop-in replacements for the original 855X devices (Series A). However, the redesigned portfolio also offers additional advantages:
- Triple certification in a single unit: The new 855X products are all cULus, ATEX/IEC EX and Class/Zone certified, so they can be applied globally.
- Easily customizable to application needs: The new 855X products feature two conduit entry options for flexibility in power connections to suit the application requirements. The beacon’s color can be changed quickly and easily in the field by simply replacing the beacon lens with the desired color, without affecting the device’s ingress protection rating.
The new 855X stand-alone multifunction LED beacon and combination radial sounder/LED beacon feature rugged yet lightweight, corrosion-free construction. They also have ingress protection certified to UL Type 4/4X/13, IP66/67, making them suitable for wet and harsh industrial environments in the oil and gas, food, paper, mining and wastewater-treatment industries.
New Electronic Overload Relay Helps Prevent Motor Damage, Downtime
The new Allen-Bradley E100 Electronic Motor Overload Relay can help industrial companies better protect their motors and avoid unplanned downtime. As the next generation of Allen-Bradley electronic overload relays, it more accurately measures a motor’s current load, models its temperature and shuts the motor off when it’s in danger of damage due to overheating.
Options are available to immediately detect jams and ground faults, enabling faster responses to these specific conditions. A remote reset option is also available for customers to remotely reset the overload.
The E100 overload relay comes in basic and advanced configurations. The basic model has two user-adjustable trip-class settings of 10 and 20. The advanced model has four trip class settings: 10, 15, 20 and 30. Above a sensing range of 100A, the advanced model can use external current transformer configurations to achieve a maximum rating of 800A.
The E100 overload relay is part of the Rockwell Automation integrated motor control system. It can mount directly to bulletin 500 NEMA contactors and 100-C IEC contactors up to 100A.
Simplify Smart Machines in Harsh Applications with New ArmorBlock I/O Modules
Manufacturers can now realize the design and productivity benefits of On-Machine I/O modules on smart machines used in harsh applications.
The new Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock I/O modules can operate in a wide range of temperatures and offer up to IP69K protection in applications like automotive, material handling, packaging and welding.
The new ArmorBlock I/O options can be mounted anywhere on a machine for shorter cable runs and lower wiring costs. They use nickel-plated zinc die-cast housing, have QuickConnect functionality and offer diagnostics in an EtherNet/IP universal digital I/O block to reduce commissioning and troubleshooting times.
Three IO-Link hub blocks help reduce design complexity by allowing more devices through the IO-Link master. And an M12 L-coded power connector on selected blocks supports higher current, allowing more blocks to be daisy-chained and resulting in lower wiring and installation costs.
For companies with separate I/O blocks for digital input and output, the ArmorBlock I/O modules are an ideal choice. They provide 16-channel self-configurable digital I/O with flexibility to be used as the digital input or output depending on the application needs.
Rockwell Automation Helps Secure Industrial Operations by Earning New Certifications
Rockwell Automation continues to add to its list of achievements in industrial cybersecurity to help industrial companies focus more on transforming their business and worry less about potential cybersecurity risks. The company recently received ISA/IEC 62443-2-4 certification, which defines security requirements for service providers.
The certification shows that the security capabilities Rockwell Automation uses when quoting, designing, integrating and maintaining automation systems meet the standard’s requirements. ISA/IEC 62443 is the world’s only consensus-based cybersecurity standard for industrial control applications.
Rockwell Automation also received a maturity-level increase in the ISA/IEC 62443-4-1 certification it obtained last year for its Security Development Lifecycle, showing the company meets the standard’s security requirements in the way products are produced and supported. In addition, this shows the company has mature processes to handle vulnerability disclosures and work transparently with customers to help manage their risk.
The new certifications were independently performed by TÜV Rheinland and add to a growing list of ongoing Rockwell Automation achievements as the company helps customers strengthen cybersecurity.
“Industry needs partners that can help them use technology to expand what’s possible in their operations while protecting what matters most to them,” said Blake Moret, CEO, Rockwell Automation. “When companies work with us, they can take comfort knowing we provide products and services built with security in mind. The security requirements in ISA/IEC 62443 aren’t a mere checklist for us, they’re embedded in our everyday work.”
Earlier this year, Rockwell Automation introduced the first industrial controller certified to ISA/IEC 62443-4-2, with more products to follow. Rockwell Automation is also a founding member of the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance, a coalition of industry, government agencies and others working to help secure manufacturing and critical-infrastructure operations.
Rockwell Automation is also working to expand the use of the ODVA CIP Security protocol, which helps make sure only authorized devices are connected in industrial operations. It also helps prevent tampering or interference with communications between those devices. Rockwell Automation released the ControlLogix EtherNet/IP communication module earlier this year and is planning to introduce new technologies to expand CIP Security protection to legacy and non-CIP Security devices in the coming year.
In addition, the upcoming release of the PlantPAx 5.0 distributed control system is expected to include ISA/IEC 62443-3-3 certified architectures to help users deploy appropriate control system security levels.
“Leading industrial companies have put digital transformation at the top of their agenda for the competitive advantages it presents,” said Matt Littlefield, president and principal analyst, LNS Research. “Unfortunately, legacy automation and control systems are not inherently secure. Rockwell Automation has a strong track record in digital transformation and in embracing the processes, procedures, products and services that support strong industrial security.”
PowerFlex 525 AC Drives
PowerFlex 525 AC Drives feature an innovative, modular design to support fast and easy installation and configuration. This next generation of compact drives offers embedded EtherNet/IP communications, USB programming, and standard safety features.
PowerFlex 525 drives, which offer a power rating of 0.4...22 kW (0.5...30 Hp) with global voltage classes of 100...600V, provide a variety of motor control and flexible mounting options. PowerFlex 525 AC drives operate at temperatures as high as 70 °C (158 °F), and they are ideal for applications such as conveyors, fans, pumps, and mixers.
PowerFlex 525 drives now have the option of permanent magnet motor control that can help improve energy efficiency and reduce related costs. The higher power density provided by permanent magnet motors often results in a motor size reduction while maintaining the same output torque.
New Fanless Kinetix VPC Servo Motor Delivers Energy Savings
Printers and other industrial operators can improve their energy efficiency and reduce machine complexity with a new fanless version of the Allen-Bradley Kinetix VPC continuous-duty servo motor from Rockwell Automation.
The new motor uses the same interior permanent magnet technology as the original fan version to help operators achieve better performance and higher energy efficiencies.
The new motor achieves IE5 energy efficiency ratings. Additionally, by removing the fan the motor further reduces wiring and components, saves even more on energy costs, and is ideal for applications like printing that are sensitive to airflow disturbances.
The VPC family of motors reduces torque ripple, which translates into smoother roll-to-roll web-handling processes critical for high-quality printing, tensioning and other application-specific tasks.