standalone machine applications with fewer than 48 I/O, the new Allen-Bradley
Micro810 and Micro830 controllers, plus Connected
Components Workbench software, are aiming to provide a cost-effective
control solution for small applications.
These component-class micro programmable
controllers and IEC-61131 based software are designed to be used with other Allen-Bradley
component class products such as drives, motion control and operator interface
products. The controllers are part of a solution bundle that offers easy
selection, installation and commissioning of low-cost, standalone machines.
"Machine builders need economical, convenient control
solutions they can customize to suit their customers' specific application
needs," says Paul Gieschen, market development director for Rockwell
Automation. "With this new line, Rockwell is delivering the functionality and
flexibility of a micro programmable logic controller for the price of a smart
Leveraging embedded USB and serial ports, machine builders
can quickly program the controllers and link them to human-machine interfaces
(HMI) and other serial devices. The controllers also offer a wide-range of
plug-in modules for analog/digital I/O, communications and expanded memory. These
plug-in modules enable machine builders to personalize the controllers to
increase functionality without expanding the product footprint. The new family
offers removable terminal blocks and simplified communication via
point-to-point data exchange.
The new workbench software follows established IEC-61131
standards. It allows machine builders to program Micro800 controllers and configure
other devices in the system including PowerFlex drives and PanelView Component
Based on Rockwell and Microsoft Visual Studio technology,
the new software provides controller programming, device configuration and data
sharing with the HMI editor for PanelView Component operator products. In
addition, the software supports three standard IEC programming languages:
ladder diagram, function block diagram and structured text. The programming
software features a run-time download which enables live program adjustments.
The Micro810 controller features embedded smart relay
function blocks that can be configured from a 1.5-inch LCD and keypad. Available
function blocks include delay off/on timer, time of day, time of week and time
of year for applications requiring a programmable timer and lighting control.
The Micro830 controller provides flexible communications and
up to six, high-speed counter inputs. It also provides easy incorporation of as
many as five plug-in modules on the 48pt models. These off-the-shelf, fully
customizable controllers carry global certifications and support.
The Micro810 and Micro830 controllers are available
immediately. Additional plug-in capabilities for the controllers will be
available later this year.