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Rockwell Automation shows-off GuardLogix

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article image The new Allen-Bradley GuardLogix controller.

AT Safety in Action 2006 in May, leading industrial automation group, Rockwell Automation , will showcase its recently released Allen-Bradley GuardLogix safety controller.

Extending the company's successful Integrated Architecture into the industrial safety arena, GuardLogix enables faster implementation, improved productivity and the ability to meet the most stringent industrial safety requirements.

Rated to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3, the new Allen-Bradley GuardLogix controller features a two-processor safety architecture, enabling integrated safety and standard control within the one platform.

"As the first safety control solution for Integrated Architecture, GuardLogix is a leap forward for machine safety," said Rockwell Automation product manager safety, Gary Milburn.

"Although safety control has specific and unique requirements compared to standard control, users can now program and manage their safety control system using familiar standard control methods. GuardLogix is truly a milestone in the evolution of the safety controller."

GuardLogix uses RSLogix 5000 programming software, the same development tool used by all Logix programmable automation controllers (PACs).

Existing Logix users already familiar with the system will benefit from reduced training costs and faster programming and commissioning time. New users will appreciate the flexible tag-based system that allows programmers to use real names rather than physical addresses.

During system development, GuardLogix allows safety control to be managed in exactly the same way as standard control, ensuring consistency in its operability and control philosophy.

When projects are tested and ready for final validation, the GuardLogix safety control memory is locked to a SIL 3 state, while the standard side of GuardLogix continues to operate like a regular Logix controller.

This, in conjunction with GuardLogix's on-line editing and debug environments, permits significant reduction in system configuration and control system development.

Featuring 320 exhibitors and more than 100 industry speakers, Safety in Action 2006 is scheduled to run from May 16 to 18 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Rockwell Automation will be exhibiting at stand L22.

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