Rockwell Automation Introduces New Allen-Bradley Controller Designed to Help Improve Production Decisions

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

Rockwell Automation introduced the new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5480 controller, designed to help industrial workers to strengthen their grasp of production and make more informed operating decisions.  The controller marries a Logix control engine and the Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system in a single platform, allowing workers to view machine information at its source.

The controller can help to reduce latency by performing real-time data collection at the machine level.  Users can view control information at its source, and other information can be sent upstream to the enterprise or cloud.  The ability to run Windows applications on-premises can also help to reduce the need for a separate PC on the plant floor and shrink a machine’s footprint.

The CompactLogix 5480 controller can support applications with up to 150 axes of motion.  This makes it suited for large packaging and converting, printing and web applications that could benefit from a simplified architecture and smaller footprint.  The controller also provides faster scan-time execution and motion-loop updates to help improve machine throughput.

The controller incorporates multiple security functions, including user authentication and authorization, role-based access and digitally signed encryption.  Also, because the Windows operating system runs independently from the control engine, disruptions to the operating system should not affect machine or line control.

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