ROCKWELL Automation’s new Allen Bradley MicroLogix 1100 controller is a cost-effective microcontroller complete with online editing functionality.
Available now, the MicroLogix 1100 allows program modifications without interrupting operation.
"Manufacturers have been spending thousands of dollars on high-end controllers just to get online editing functionality and we knew we could provide a better option," said Rockwell Automation Australia product manager, David Black.
"Our new microcontroller lets users make adjustments to programs, including PID (proportional integral differential) loops, while still online."
An embedded Ethernet/IP communications port in the MicroLogix 1100 controller enables users to easily share data across a production facility, while eliminating the time and costs associated with network wiring.
In addition, an embedded Ethernet Web server gives users remote access to control information allowing real-time data to be shared across the plant floor, with OEM partners or remote maintenance engineers.
The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1100 controller can also be used as a remote terminal unit (RTU) for applications using supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).
It also features a built-in, multipurpose text LCD display to provide basic controller and I/O status information. The display provides the ability to monitor and make changes to bit and integer data values, which in many applications eliminates the need for a stand-alone operator interface.