Rockwell Automation is launching the Allen-Bradley ArmorStart LT distributed motor controllers that enable machine builders to install compact distributed motor controllers directly on the machine without an enclosure due to the IP66 protection. These controllers also connect to the enterprise network easily thanks to built-in EtherNet/IP connectivity.
ArmorStart LT distributed motor controllers are useful for co-ordinating conveyor motor systems used in material handling and packaging applications and other types of warehouse distribution systems. The new distributed motor controllers provides the advantages of on-machine architecture, which Rockwell Automation describes as a pre-engineered system that helps simplify wiring, speeds up commissioning time and reduces the need for extra cabinet space.
ArmorStart LT controllers with EtherNet/IP connectivity improves the exchange of critical information about machine performance and component health, while providing operators with access parameters, status and diagnostics, regardless of their location.
Enhanced control costs less
Paul Gieschen, the market development director at Rockwell Automation, comments: "Machine builders need to provide motor control solutions that accommodate customers' budgets and existing network architecture. The new ArmorStart LT distributed motor controllers provide enhanced motor control at a lower price point and smaller package than other on-machine motor control products on the market."
ArmorStart LT is an excellent size and weight for most general material handling applications, making it easier to integrate on or near the conveyor or machine.
Installation also is simplified by the distributed motor controllers' dual-port EtherNet/IP switch technology, which supports device-level ring (DLR) network topology. DLR-based networks reduce configuration time and costs by minimising the number of managed switches and reducing cabling needs. Users can create a single DLR network that connects all components at the device level locally. Information can be seamlessly communicated in real time to various levels of an organisation, without requiring additional complexity. Getting real-time information at the right levels of the manufacturing environment can enhance the agility of a business.
The distributed motor controllers include an add-on profile for Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000, the software used to program Allen-Bradley CompactLogix and Allen-Bradley ControlLogix programmable controllers from Rockwell Automation. The add-on profile's automatic, predefined tag names provide manufacturers with a common language that can help improve consistency, and programming speed and efficiency.
ArmorStart LT distributed motor controllers support a transparent clock to synchronise motor devices on an EtherNet/IP architecture, thereby accommodating for delays introduced by other devices on the network.
To help enhance safety, the devices contain a standard, local disconnect feature that enables operators to turn off the motor and perform lockout/tagout procedures during maintenance. They also are group-motor listed so multiple units can be grouped under one branch circuit protection device.
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