EC: Allen-Bradley ArmorStart LT Distributed Motor Controllers
Machine builders can now offer customers a compact distributed motor controller that easily installs on the machine without an enclosure, and quickly connects to the enterprise network, thanks to the new family of Allen-Bradley ArmorStart LT distributed motor controllers from Rockwell Automation.
ArmorStart LT distributed motor controllers are ideal for coordinating conveyor motor systems used in material-handling and packaging applications, and other types of warehouse distribution systems. The new family of distributed motor controllers provides the advantages of On-Machine architecture, 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 improve the exchange of critical information about machine performance and component health, while allowing operators to access parameters, status and diagnostics, regardless of location. The ArmorStart LT controller is ideal in 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 minimizing the number of managed switches and reducing cabling needs. Users can create one DLR network that connects all components at the device level locally. Information can be seamlessly communicated in real time to various levels of an organization, without additional complexity.
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 profiles automatic, predefined tag names provide manufacturers with a common language that can help improve consistency, along with programming speed and efficiency.