Micro800 Controllers Deliver Flexible and Scalable Solutions
Machine builders are continually challenged to deliver smart machines and equipment that easily integrate into a facility, provide access to information and enable agile reaction to changing market demands. The Micro800 controller family provides flexible and customizable micro control solutions for your customers' standalone machines.
Available in different form factors, these micro controllers are optimized to deliver a smart, productive, secure solution throughout all phases of the machine lifecycle: design, develop, deliver and engage, all at a micro application level.
The Micro870 controller is the latest addition to the Micro800 controller family and 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 Connected Components Workbench software provides one software package that supports configuration, programming, and visualization of the major control components of a standalone machine including safety and controller simulation.
The latest firmware updates with Connected Components Workbench software allows users to do more with; Micro870 expansion I/O optimization supports scan interval for better program cycle times; Support for Spectrum Controls microSD plug-in module on Micro830, Micro850 and Micro870 controllers to enable datalog and recipe management; Improved controller fault handling with the ability to auto-restart without operator intervention.
Smart machines and equipment can help enhance productivity and profitability. Delivering better performance, with faster program build, the Micro800 controllers can be applied to a wide range of applications including; packaging, material handling, process, heavy industry equipment and manufacturing and assembly.
Latest Kinetix 5700 Servo Drive Delivers Energy Savings
The latest addition to the Kinetix 5700 Servo drive family, the Kinetix 5700 Regenerative Bus Supply, leverages EtherNet/IP to enable monitoring of energy usage. As energy prices continue to rise, the Kinetix 5700 Regenerative Bus Supply provides direct energy cost savings by regenerating excess energy back to the AC power source for plant-wide use. It also has capabilities for CIP security and defense in depth security to address different types of physical and electronic threats.
In addition, the bus offers an integrated LC filter to help reduce installation costs. With a smaller overall footprint, users can expect up to a 70 percent reduction in required cabinet space. The bus supply can assure peak machine production output capability by stabilizing the DC bus voltage by riding through AC input voltage dips. This allows global machine manufactures to ship anywhere in the world and still meet machine output specifications.
Designed for machines with large axis counts and higher power requirements, the Kinetix 5700 Servo drive is available in single- and dual-axis servos with integrated and hardwired Safe Torque-Off and integrated advanced safety capability. With Logix as a single control engine, and one design environment – Studio 5000 – machine builders now have more flexibility to scale, design and control to help meet their needs.
The Kinetix 5700 servo drive can help reduce commissioning time and improve machine performance. It offers the simplicity, power and space savings you need to help get your machine up and running faster – making it the ideal choice for machine builders that have high axis count and higher power requirements.
Bulletin 800G Hazardous Location Push Buttons
Rockwell Automation has expanded the Bulletin 800G portfolio to include a new subset of products for hazardous location applications. The 800G “-EX” product offering has ATEX and IECEx certifications along with other regional certificates for hazardous gas and dust environments around the world.
The enhanced “-EX” product offering is compliant with current EN/IEC 60079 series standards, confirming conformity when designing solutions for Europe, Asia, and other countries. Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 21, and Zone 22 coverage for hazardous gas and dust environments cover most applications across most industrial verticals.
Hazardous location solutions can be purchased as individual components for field-installation. Ten different operator styles are paired with base mount or panel mount contact blocks and power modules. A new panel mount design allows for quick and easy field-installation of a panel mount cover accessory, providing IP66/IP67 environmental ratings when required.
Additional assembled station configurations are available for our “-EX” product offering. Dual push buttons and key-operated selector switches can be selected when configuring a control station. A locking guard can be added over our Emergency Stop push-pull and a locking cover can be selected for push button and selector switch operators. Up to three 800G enclosures can be “ganged” together, providing a command and indication station with up to nine different operator functions.
Nano Signal Conditioners for Precise Process Measurement and Control
Designed to Save Space, Time and Cost while Providing Top Performance
The new Allen-Bradley 931N Nano Signal Conditioners provide optimal signal isolation, conversion and amplification.
Critical process measurements such as temperature, pressure, flow, level, weight, speed, frequency, current or voltage in your continuous or batch production process are exposed to noise and harsh environmental conditions that result in erroneous signal. These Signal Conditioners help protect your measurements and provide a more reliable signal so your processes can run efficiently.
These DIN rail-mounted analog signal conditioners are compatible with all types of integrated PLC and DCS I/O systems. They can also be integrated with PlantPAx DCS to leverage a single control platform for batch, drives, motion control, process and safety.
Signal Conditioners are commonly used in food and beverage production, water treatment, chemical processing, energy and power plants, steel production, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries.
Enhanced Connectivity with new ArmorBlock IO-Link Hub
The ArmorBlock I/O family is a hardened I/O product suitable for On-Machine use. Water-resistant and corrosion-proof, it can mount directly on a machine (without a control cabinet) allowing OEMs and end users to reduce installation and operating costs. It can also mount close to sensors and actuators offering shorter cable runs and reduced wiring costs.
The newest additions to the ArmorBlock I/O portfolio, the ArmorBlock EtherNet/IP Modules and IO-Link Hubs, enhance connectivity, helping to enable The Connected Enterprise. Targeting harsh applications that require a wide operating temperature and nickel-plated zinc die-cast housing, these hubs offer more options for users to optimize their design for each application. The latest ArmorBlock I/O hubs also feature three options for users to optimize IO-Link hubs design: 16 digital input, 10 digital input and 6 digital output, and 16 universal digital input and output. In addition, they also allow more field devices to be connected with M12 L-coded power connector for IO-Link Hub and EtherNet/IP modules.
Rockwell Automation Strengthens Industrial Control System Security
Enhanced products – showcased at Hannover Messe 2019 – provide built-in security to help protect system integrity
Communications between industrial control devices have minimal protection today. This leaves them vulnerable to threats like malicious tampering and incidental system changes that can stop production or injure workers. New solutions from Rockwell Automation deliver built-in security based on globally accepted security standards to protect control-level communications and overall system integrity.
“As the world’s leading company focused on combining industrial automation with digital technology, we’re uniquely positioned to help close security gaps in connected operations,” said Megan Samford, director of product security, Rockwell Automation. “Our new offerings with built-in security deliver the industry’s best available protection of control-level traffic. This can give users confidence that the integrity of their systems and their device-to-device communications are protected from day one.”
The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix EtherNet/IP communication module is among the first industrial devices to use the CIP Security protocol from ODVA. The protocol helps make sure only authorized devices are connected in industrial operations. It also helps prevent tampering or interference with communications between those devices. CIP Security is the first industrial automation protocol to support transport layer security (TLS), the most proven security standard available.
Also, the newly enhanced Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5580 controller is the world’s first controller to be certified compliant with today’s most robust control system security standard, IEC 62443-4-2. The standard defines the technical security requirements for industrial automation and control system components. This certification builds on the 2018 certification of the Rockwell Automation Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) to the IEC 62443-4-1 standard.
Rockwell Automation Releases AI Module to Improve Industrial Production
New AI module provides predictive analytics without a data scientist, eases decision-making
Industrial workers can now more easily use the data from their equipment to predict production issues and improve processes with their existing automation and control skill set. The new FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module, formerly known as Project Sherlock, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect production anomalies and alert workers so they can investigate or intervene, as necessary.
Many existing analytics technologies require deep expertise in both data science and industrial processes. But this add-on module for ControlLogix controllers reduces that burden by doing the job of a data scientist. It fits directly into a control chassis and streams controller data over the backplane to build predictive models. It can continuously monitor a production operation, detecting anomalies against its derived understanding.
“The FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module makes predictive analytics more accessible to help more workers make better production decisions,” said Jonathan Wise, product manager, Rockwell Automation. “The module learns your ControlLogix application and tells operators and technicians when things are changing in unexpected ways. This can help them get ahead of product quality issues and protect process integrity.”
For example, the module can help operators spot performance deviations in equipment like mixers that could affect product quality or lead to downtime. It can also be used as a virtual sensor. Instead of workers taking a reading, like the humidity of a packaged food product, the module can analyze variables from line assets like sprayers, dryers and burners to predict a measurement, virtually.
Workers can then be notified of problems by configuring alarms on a human machine interface (HMI) or dashboard. Future features of the module will go further, helping workers focus their problem-solving or automate the optimization of a process.
The FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module is the newest addition to the FactoryTalk Analytics portfolio from Rockwell Automation. The portfolio includes FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices, which learns about an automation system’s structure to tell workers about problems with individual devices. The LogixAI module expands on this by learning about an automation system’s application and helping identify anomalies with its overall function.
Both products work individually, but each will benefit the other in future iterations. The FactoryTalk Analytics platform aggregates multiple sources of data, so workers can discover new insights. FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices and the LogixAI module will both be data sources for the platform going forward.
Stratus ztC Edge Computing System
Stratus ztC Edge is a versatile, fully integrated, self-protecting, Edge Computing system that helps resource constrained operators increase efficiency, reduce IT burden, and lower downtime risk. With a pair of rugged nodes, built-in virtualization, integrated redundancy, automated recovery, and cloud-based system health management services, ztC Edge deploys virtualized industrial IoT and control applications quickly and reliably.
The ztC Edge is the ideal system for end users who care about uptime and productivity; operational standardization; secure connectivity; ease of programming; and being more agile and responsive to changes. For machine builders, the ztC helps minimize machine TCO; maximizes machine time to value; increases quality and reduces field maintenance costs; enables greater asset utilization; and improves operator efficiency to changes.
Suitable for a range of industries that are challenged with digital transformation, including: Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Water/Wastewater Utilities, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Transportation and Building Automation and Security. The Stratus zTC Edge can be deployed on the plant floor, remote locations, control room and also on industrial equipment for machines.
Life Sciences Facility of the Future
The next industrial transformation is here, set to expand possibilities and improve patient outcomes. Personalized medicine, smaller implants, and faster launches require ingenuity and a community of problem solvers, builders, makers, and innovators who believe our world can work better.
While the opportunities are endless, the challenges are many. Innovation remains critical as patents expire, lifecycles shorten and counterfeits flood the market. Cellular biology advancements have driven complex process changes, creating greater challenges for Life Sciences companies, including:
- A growing demand for more targeted, smaller volume orphan drugs and personalized medicines. This demand is driving operations away from large-scale bulk production to multiproduct facilities that require complicated batching, frequent changeovers and meticulous tracking.
- A shift from large, centralized facilities serving the world, to smaller, locally focused facilities. This shift can bring active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) production to lower-cost locations, and personalized drugs closer to patients.
- Pressures to get drugs to market faster, while maintaining compliance and data integrity. These pressures require greater process management, the convergence of IT and OT and more efficient R&D operations to get approval from regulators.
Leading biotech, pharma, and device manufacturers are leveraging new technologies to make their facility of the future a reality today. Connected, flexible pharmaceutical manufacturing can help you maximize ROI, optimize asset utilization, achieve greater speed to market and maintain quality and compliance throughout.
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