Modular, open, distributed machine monitoring, protection system

To help manufacturers improve uptime by using existing DeviceNet infrastructures for cost-effective plant-floor connectivity, Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has developed Entek XM Series, which is reported to be the industry's first modular and open distributed machine monitoring and protection system.

By Staff January 1, 2003

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To help manufacturers improve uptime by using existing DeviceNet infrastructures for cost-effective plant-floor connectivity, Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has developed Entek XM Series , which is reported to be the industry’s first modular and open distributed machine monitoring and protection system.

Consisting of a network of intelligent modules and related software, XM Series continuously monitors and protects plant-floor machinery and equipment. Information gathered allows maintenance personnel to identify developing faults in the equipment, and then correct them before production is impacted or safety is compromised.

Designed for companies requiring machinery protection for high-speed and critical-production assets, XM Series can help users optimize maintenance activities based on actual asset conditions, rather than relying on manufacturer-recommended preventive maintenance schedules. On average, predictive maintenance activities can reduce maintenance, repair, and operating costs by 10-30% and increase return on net assets.

XM Series uses a facility’s existing networking infrastructure, and requires less wiring than traditional rack-based protection systems. XM’s modular design makes it completely scalable, allowing users to add machinery to the system as needed.

XM’s discrete, DIN rail-mounted modules can be added to existing control panels, or installed close to machines because the modules require no special enclosures, power or cooling requirements. Deploying the system on a control bus architecture further reduces commissioning time. Each XM module is ‘hot swappable,’ allowing quick-and-easy module replacement without shutting down power.

XM modules can communicate directly with programmable controllers or distributed control systems via the control network architecture. Also, the modules can interface with condition monitoring software, such as Rockwell’s Entek Emonitor Odyssey/Enshare. This allows storing of all online and surveillance data in a common database, which can then be shared across Enterprise Asset Management systems, as well as corporate and global information networks.

www.rockwellautomation.com/xm

  • Industry’s first modular, open, distributed machine monitoring and protection system

  • Leverages existing network infrastructure for plant-floor connectivity

  • Completely scalable

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