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CompactLogix goes EtherNet/IP

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HIGH-performance, cost-effective, networked machine control is now available in a small package with the new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 1769-L35E controller.

The new controller combines Rockwell Automation's powerful Logix control engine with advanced I/O modularity and EtherNet/IP connectivity, resulting in a faster, more powerful small controller with plant-wide data sharing capabilities.

"In the past, manufacturers relied on larger, more expensive controllers to share data between the plant floor and office," said David Black, product manager, Rockwell Automation Australia.

"With CompactLogix, users now have a lower-cost small controller that enables them to exchange system-wide information while still meeting the specific processing needs of their application."

With an I/O capacity of up to 30 modules and 1.5MB of memory, the CompactLogix 1769-L35E provides the programming versatility needed to support larger, more demanding control applications.

In addition, its high-performance CPU supports higher-speed applications, providing faster scan times and faster updates to local I/O and communication subsystems.

The new controller's integrated 10/100-Mbps EtherNet/IP connectivity enables high-speed data throughput, while supporting up to 32 simultaneous human-machine interface (HMI) and I/O connections.

The Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 1769-L35E is equipped with Compact I/O -- a 'PLC-style' expandable I/O platform that provides the modular advantages of larger control platforms in a low-cost platform.

The modular design of the CompactLogix controller allows the appropriate number of Compact I/O modules to be simply slid into place to meet the application's needs.

The rackless CompactLogix controller may be either DIN rail or panel-mounted, providing space savings of 20 to 40 per cent over traditional mounting styles.

The controller's integrated high-performance serial bus and removable terminal blocks provide greater configuration flexibility, reduced inventory requirements and easy module assembly and replacement.

CompactLogix 1769-L35E also features advanced diagnostic and data monitoring capabilities via Ethernet and Web interfaces.

In addition, the 1769-L35E supports advanced Web features such as e-mail. Support for up to 64 devices is available through a DeviceNet network interface.

The versatile architecture allows users to configure DeviceNet devices via remote connections on the processor's EtherNet/IP or serial port.

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