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On-machine I/O blocks with IO-Link will raise productivity

11 May, 2023

Rockwell Automation has released a family of distributed I/O blocks with built-in IO-Link functions that, it says, will help manufacturers to improve productivity at a low cost. The Allen‑Bradley ArmorBlock 5000 I/O blocks are designed for use on machines, enabling quicker installation, commissioning and troubleshooting, and reducing downtime.

The IO-Link capabilities will simplify machine design through simpler device configuration and better integration with Allen‑Bradley controllers. Users can speed up project development using the common tag structure and configuration workflows in Rockwell’s Studio 5000 Logix Designer software.

The scalable IO-Link master blocks – the first product to be released in the ArmorBlock 5000 I/O portfolio – offer a high degree of flexibility with up to eight IO-Link channels, including four IO-Link Class A and four Class B ports. The ability to control high-current devices and improve connectivity will help to improve machine performance and productivity, according to Rockwell.

Other planned members of the portfolio include configurable I/O blocks that will deliver smart capabilities such as sequence of events (SOE), scheduled outputs, input timestamping, event triggers and so on.

Rockwell says its ArmorBlock 5000 I/O blocks will improve automation efficiency and connectivity, enabling smarter machines.

The I/O blocks can operate in a wide range of temperatures and offer protection up to IP69K for applications in harsh environments. The blocks are available in three power variants to meet different regional needs.

“ArmorBlock 5000 I/O is the result of our commitment to delivering innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers,” says Sean Homan, business director of Rockwell’s Asia-Pacific Business Centre. “With its distributed monitoring and control, and highly integrated IO-Link capabilities, this on-machine I/O solution can drive production agility for industrial automation.”

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