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Article | February 13, 2014
Rockwell: On-machine controller
The Allen-Bradley Armor GuardLogix programmable automation controller (PAC) from Rockwell Automation provides users with high-performance, multidisciplined control in a controller that can be installed directly on-machine, simplifying the machine architecture and reducing the system footprint.
The Armor GuardLogix PAC minimizes the number of components in the cabinet, reducing wiring time and increasing uptime with pre-configured, quick connect systems and simplified wiring layouts. Quick-connect cabling greatly streamlines system wiring so the system is easier to install, troubleshoot, and maintain. This can be especially crucial to machine and equipment builders looking to improve time-to-market, testing and commissioning.
The Armor GuardLogix PAC is IP67, SIL 3, PL(e), CAT 4 rated with 4 MB of application code storage space with two full-featured EtherNet/IP device-level ring (DLR) capable connections.
The Armor GuardLogix PAC provides access to the controller-mode switch, USB port, secure digital (SD) card, and power-supply switch, along with 24V DC power pass-through to supply power to other On‑Machine products. This feature allows power to be routed from one machine device or module to another, eliminating the need for a power supply for each device and simplifying the overall system architecture. Innovative mounting tabs can be rotated vertically or horizontally, giving users flexibility on where and how the product can be mounted. The controller is programmed in the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 design and engineering environment.
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