Drives and Controls Magazine
Enhanced controllers cut machine-building times and costs
Published:  29 November, 2022

Rockwell Automation says that machine-builders can cut engineering time and costs using enhanced versions of two of its controllers which add Class 1 implicit messaging capabilities with support for up to eight EtherNet/IP devices. The enhanced capabilities will allow users to develop and deploy automation projects faster, potentially reducing time-to-market.

The upgraded Allen-Bradley Micro850 and Micro870 2080-Lx0E controllers promise improved connectivity and design efficiency, with simplified programming and workflows.

The integration of the controllers controller with Rockwell’s PowerFlex 520 and Kinetix 5100 drives over EtherNet/IP has been streamlined using pre-defined tags and pre-developed user-defined function block (UDFB) instructions.

The controllers are designed to be used with the latest version (21) of Rockwell’s Connected Components Workbench design software, which supports the Class 1 implicit messaging capabilities.

Rockwell’s upgraded Micro850 (front) and Micro870 (back) controllers simplify programming and workflows

Rockwell says that these enhancements could improve the productivity of industrial operations, while lowering costs. Users will benefit from more connected and simplified control systems, it adds. They will also be able to reduce their programming efforts and troubleshooting times, simplifying the development of standalone machines.

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