Rockwell Automation’s New IntelliCENTER Integration Unit Provides Operators a Single View of Process and Electrical System Data

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

Rockwell Automation introduced its new IntelliCENTER Integration Unit, designed to help process and electrical operators access data through a single system versus two separate systems.  This should help to ease and speed up the decision-making process for these operators.

The IntelliCENTER Integration Unit integrates the intelligent electrical devices from the electrical distribution system into the process-automation control and software environment.  Integrating both systems into a single control and software platform helps to avoid the need for a separate eSCADA and gives process and electrical operators a single, unified view of their data.

IntelliCENTER Integration Unit

The standard unit takes the electrical information sent via a standard IEC 61850 network interface into the Logix-based control system environment.  This helps to remove cost and complexity of designing an interface to connect electronic devices to the process control system.  By using the control capabilities of a Logix-based processor, the integration unit enables intelligent switchgear and other intelligent equipment in the electrical control system to become part of an automation system.

In addition, configuration of the system has been made simpler.  Users gain a common environment for archiving, visualization and reporting when using the library of add-on instructions from Rockwell Automation.  The library provides prebuilt, validated add-on instructions for third-party devices that are used in many typical control strategies for electrical control systems. This provides a more similar look and feel to process control devices from Rockwell Automation, helping to improve operational awareness and productivity capabilities.

The IntelliCENTER Integration Unit is a key component to an integrated power and process control system and is a technology enabler of the Intelligent Packaged Power offering from Rockwell Automation. The Intelligent Packaged Power solution helps to reduce risk by delivering motor-control devices and the electrical distribution system in one, consolidated package.


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