Rockwell Automation announced the release of the new Allen-Bradley FLEX 5000 integrated HART I/O modules, designed for users, such as design and control engineers, to be able to more easily access, configure and manage HART devices. A more user friendly programming experience, available with the Studio 5000 Logix Designer application, can help to further simplify design, maintenance and operational productivity.
Integration between the new I/O modules and HART devices can help to enhance device management, improve diagnostics coverage, and provide real-time device health monitoring. The ability to add and replace process devices online can also help to reduce downtime and improve productivity.
When a machine is being developed, common data structures and tight integration of instruction sets in the PlantPAx 5.0 system and above can help to minimize design and engineering time. And once a machine is operational, the FLEX 5000 integrated HART I/O modules can help to improve overall operational efficiency through increased uptime. A central design environment allows all this work to happen in one place for a smoother user experience and increased productivity.
Designed to meet additional application demands, Rockwell Automation has expanded the FLEX 5000 I/O options to include support for high-density digital, AC and serial modules. The expanded portfolio further enhances standard and safety I/O control in one platform for extreme temperatures.