Manufacturers can achieve higher processing speed with the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5570 Series programmable automation controllers (PACs) from Rockwell Automation. This new series, which include the ControlLogix: 5571, 5572, 5572S, 5573, 5573S, 5574 and 5575 controllers, feature-enhanced process, motion, safety and information capabilities, leverage a common design environment and networking of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system. For process applications, the new ControlLogix controllers significantly improve the amount of information that can be exchanged between the control and supervisory layers, while allowing more control strategies to be executed. This helps boost system performance while enhancing access to real-time information for improved productivity. For motion applications, the ControlLogix 5570 series controllers provide high-speed axis and trajectory planning making it ideal for synchronizing complex motion applications. Each controller is capable of supporting more than 100 axes of motion and seamlessly integrates through EtherNet/IP and SERCOS network interfaces. For discrete applications, the new ControlLogix controllers provide two to three times faster scan times and a range of memory options from two to 32 MB.
Rockwell Automation will continue the line expansion in December with the Allen-Bradley GuardLogix 5572S and 5573S controllers. Providing the same automation capabilities as the ControlLogix platform, these new GuardLogix controllers provide safety-rated control for safety-related functions up to and including SIL3, PLe CAT IV. The GuardLogix PACs will further benefit from the introduction of the new POINT Guard SIL3 analog input module designed to provide automation and safety functionality in the POINT I/O system. Users can apply the POINT Guard analog input module to measure temperature, pressure and flow rate for analog safety functions.
"With faster processing speeds, the new PACs can provide more timely data for improved decision making," said Kevin Zaba, vice president and general manager, control and visualization business, Rockwell Automation. "We continue to improve and build out our offerings within our Integrated Architecture system to help a greater range of customers minimize costs, improve data flow and achieve plantwide optimization."
All ControlLogix 5570 Series controllers are equipped with on-board display features that provide enhanced diagnostics and run-time information to help ease troubleshooting and increase uptime. The controllers also have improved security features including improved data integrity and faster data transference with a one-GB secure digital card.
In January, the company will release the ControlLogix 5573XT PAC for operations in extreme environments. The 5573XT is rated for extended temperature (negative 25 degrees Celsius to 70 degrees Celsius) and is conformally coated for use in high humidity and corrosive environments. Additionally, the 5573XT cuts energy costs in more traditional manufacturing environments by negating the need for additional heating or cooling systems.