In an effort to help machine designers meet modern safety requirements, Rockwell Automation announced seven new safety modules across three I/O platforms, offering designers local and distributed safety I/O options and a range of performance/ connectivity attributes to help improve compliance and machine performance.
“Our expanded safety I/O portfolio gives designers more options to meet their safety needs,” said Steven Goh, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific Business Center, Rockwell Automation. “Safety options are selectable for any Allen-Bradley I/O module. The new modules also incorporate faster safety reaction times, greater diagnostics and enhanced communications to create more competitive machines.”
The new safety modules also help simplify the design process, according to Rockwell, which notes a common data structure and graphic user-interface aimed to reduce design time, allow for code reuse and shorten the learning curve for designers.
The new offerings are:
- The Allen-Bradley Compact 5000 safety I/O modules
- The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix CIP Safety I/O modules
- The Allen-Bradley FLEX 5000 safety I/O modules
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, according to Rockwell.