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 relay."
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 HMI products.
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.