Servo drive with integrated safety

The Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive with integrated safety from Rockwell Automation uses the EtherNet/IP network for streamlined machine safety functions and is designed for machine builders and end users.
By Rockwell Automation November 11, 2014

The Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive with integrated safety from Rockwell Automation uses the EtherNet/IP network for streamlined machine safety functions and is designed for machine builders and end users. Courtesy: Rockwell AutomationThe Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive with integrated safety from Rockwell Automation allows machine builders to use a single EtherNet/IP network, as well as a common design environment with Rockwell Software Studio 5000 Logix Designer software. The Kinetix 5500 servo drive with integrated safety uses the EtherNet/IP network for streamlined machine safety functions. End users gain the benefit of improved personnel safety and increased machine uptime in the manufacturing facility.

The EtherNet/IP network allows safety signals to travel via the same wires and IP addresses used for control and motion. This eliminates the need for a hardwired safety system. Reducing overall system wiring saves time and money in installation and removes potential points of failure, resulting in less troubleshooting and downtime. In addition to motion and control parameters, end users now can configure the safety system within the Logix Designer software. They can unlatch the safe torque off function, program an unlimited number of set points, change safety zoning, and re-use code to maintain system validation within one software application.

End users also gain improved diagnostics information through the drive’s integration with the GuardLogix safety controller. Details on safety-related faults, such as safe torque off requests, are shown on the drive’s LCD display. This information can also be pulled into existing information databases and reporting solutions already in use.

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