Two additions made to the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix family of controllers by Rockwell Automation leverage the single design-environment and networking protocol within the company’s Integrated Architecture system.
ControlLogix L73 and L75 programmable automation controllers (PACs) provide advanced memory, speed and processing capabilities for a wide range of control demands from high-performance logic and motion to information-intensive process applications.
Rockwell Automation Product Manager Architecture and Software South Pacific Region, David Black says that the new PACs have enhanced memory and processing capabilities that help improve production rates, boost overall equipment effectiveness and provide more timely data for improved decision-making capabilities.
For complex high-performance motion applications, the ControlLogix L73 and L75 programmable automation controllers link seamlessly with motion drives through Ethernet/IP and SERCOS network interfaces.
The controllers are capable of supporting as many as 100 axes, further simplifying synchronisation of complex motion applications.
Black adds that PACs such as the ControlLogix L73 and L75 controllers lower lifecycle costs and total cost of ownership for manufacturers by enabling a multidiscipline control system. Additionally, they help manufacturers optimise communications based on industry standard network protocols, which removes additional barriers to collaboration and integration.
The 1GB secure digital card that ships with each controller provides improved data integrity as well as faster reads and writes than previous CompactFlash technology. The ControlLogix L73 and L75 programmable automation controllers offer 16MB and 32MB of memory respectively.
New energy storage modules that ship with each controller will eliminate the need for lithium batteries, helping users avoid the maintenance and environmental issues associated with transporting and disposing batteries.
A USB port provides faster uploads and downloads, firmware upgrades as well as online edits. The controllers feature an on-board display to provide enhanced controller diagnostics and run-time information.