The new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix controller from Rockwell Automation (www.rockwellautomation.com) offers a SERCOS interface, EtherNet/IP connectivity and a powerful processor. Controlling up to four axes of motion, the 1768-L43 is designed for applications requiring speed, motion synchronization and information-sharing capabilities in a small, modular footprint. It combines motion and sequential control into a single, integrated multitasking platform and supports a full range of networks including DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP. The controller uses the same Logix control engine, motion, networking technology and communications services as the A-B ControlLogix and SoftLogix controllers.
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