Machine & Operator Safety
Rockwell Automation adds seven new safety I/O modules
July 16, 2019 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
July 16, 2019 – Rockwell Automation has introduced seven new safety modules across three I/O platforms for machine designers.
This offers designers both local and distributed safety I/O options and a wide range of performance and connectivity attributes to help improve compliance and machine performance.
The new safety modules also help simplify the design process. For example, they have a largely common data structure and graphic user interface. The company says this programming and operation can help reduce design time, allow for code reuse and shorten the learning curve for designers.
The new safety I/O modules include:
- The Allen-Bradley Compact 5000 safety I/O modules, which provide local and distributed safety I/O for the Compact GuardLogix 5380 safety controller and distributed safety I/O for the GuardLogix 5580 safety controller. The modules offer faster safety reaction times and provide additional diagnostics to help users more easily identify faults.
- The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix CIP Safety I/O modules provide local safety I/O for the GuardLogix 5580 controllers in larger applications that require a high-density I/O solution. Using these in-chassis modules simplifies configuration and reduces panel space by eliminating the need for an adapter. These modules can also be used for distributed safety I/O.
- The Allen-Bradley FLEX 5000 safety I/O modules are ideal for applications that require fixed field-wiring terminations and both vertical or horizontal mounting. The distributed I/O modules can operate in extreme environments and be used directly connected to copper and fibre networks. They also support a range of network topologies, including a redundant star network via Parallel Redundancy Protocol, and enhance communications with 1-gigabit EtherNet/IP connectivity. The FLEX 5000 platform provides distributed safety I/O for the Compact GuardLogix 5380 and GuardLogix 5580 controllers.
Each of the seven new safety I/O modules is TÜV certified for use in safety applications up to SIL 3 and PLe, Cat. 4.
For added protection against environmental stresses, all modules are selectable with conformal coating options.