AB Fair 2004: Rockwell Automation stages 13th annual educational forum

Orlando, FL—To help manufacturers find new solutions for increasing productivity, Rockwell Automation is hosting its 13th annual Allen-Bradley (AB) Automation Fair 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 27-28, at the Orange County Convention Center.


Orlando, FL— To help manufacturers find new solutions for increasing productivity, Rockwell Automation is hosting its 13th annual Allen-Bradley (AB) Automation Fair , 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 27-28, at the Orange County Convention Center. The free educational forum will showcase the latest industrial automation solutions from Rockwell and its partner companies.


This year’s event will feature more than 100 exhibitors, 49 technical sessions, and more than 20 hands-on laboratory exhibits. The company reports that AB Automation Fair is North America's premier event for sharing automation knowledge aimed at driving manufacturing productivity. The two-day event also features special tracks to explore key issues and solutions in numerous vertical industries, including automotive, life sciences, food and beverage, packaging and material handling, and water/wastewater.

In addition, Rockwell is showing more than 40 of its own products, solutions, and services at this week’s event. Some of the most significant include:


  • Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 1769-L35CR and 1769-L32C
    End-users and OEMs seeking flexible machine control in a compact, space-saving package have new options the form of two new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix controllers. CompactLogix 1769-L35CR and 1769-L32C controllers offer integrated ControlNet network connectivity, which eliminates the need for modular communications, simplifies programming and cuts installation and configuration costs.

  • Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1100
    The new MicroLogix 1100 family of controllers reportedly is small, but powerful. Available in March 2005, the controllers will feature online editing functionality, an embedded high-speed counter, high-speed PTO/PWM output, embedded analog, embedded LCD for I/O and controller status, and a simple operator interface for messages and bit/integer input.

  • Allen-Bradley RS-232/DF1 port splitters
    The new port splitter is an interface converter device that will provide a low-cost method for expanding (or splitting) a single RS-232/DF1 port on a Rockwell Automation PLC into two RS-232/DF1 ports for communication with two external devices at the same time. This will benefit network applications that require one port for a local HMI for monitoring and adjusting data, plus a second port for network messaging and remote data collection.

  • Allen-Bradley SLC 5/05 10/100 Mbps enhancements
    New 10/100 Mbps enhancements to the Allen-Bradley SLC 5/05 provide more connection capability (up to 64 connections with the L553) and faster throughput (100 Mbps). Upgrades to the SLC 5/05 series of web-enabled EtherNet/IP controllers offer enhanced system performance and connectivity, allowing these popular controllers to be used in large or high-throughput systems. The Ethernet port on all Series C SLC 5/05 controllers has been upgraded from 10 Mbps to 10/100 Mbps. The physical connection is via the same RJ-45 connector used on earlier 5/05 controllers. Series C SLC 5/05 controllers also support more Ethernet connections than previous versions. The 16K 1747-L551 now supports 32 connections, while the 32K 1747-L552 supports 48 connections, and the 64K 1747-L553 supports 64 connections.

  • Allen-Bradley 1747-SDN enhancements
    New 1747-SDN enhancements include autoconfiguration, allowing users to configure a simple DeviceNet network without using RSNetWorx.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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