With the new Allen-Bradley Compact GuardLogix 5370 controller from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI), users no longer need separate networks and controllers for safety and motion in applications with up to 16 axes. This makes it easier to design safety into a wide range of standard and custom machines, and results in simpler system architectures. Features include:
- Safety Integrity Level 3, Performance Level e and Category 4 – the highest ratings for machine safety.
- Integrated safe torque off on EtherNet/IP — when used in combination with the Kinetix 5500 servo drive or PowerFlex 527 AC drive.
- The use of Rockwell Software Studio 5000 software for configuration. Data can be defined once, and then accessed and re-used across different machine types to speed system development and commissioning.
- A single programming environment for both safety and standard control, which removes the need to manually manage separate standard and safety memory, or partition logic to isolate safety.
- Dual Ethernet ports to support both linear and device-level-ring (DLR) network topologies.
- Built-in energy storage, which removes the need for batteries.
- A removable 1-GB Secure Digital (SD) card for data integrity
For more information, visit: www.rockwellautomation.com.