Rockwell automation has expanded its allen-bradley ControlLogix series of controllers to help accelerate system performance and support the growing array of smart devices used in manufacturing and industrial operations.The new ControlLogix 5580 controller adds up to 45% of the application storage capacity. Additionally, the controller has a built-in 1G Ethernet port to support high performance communications, I/O, and up to 256 axis motion control applications.
As with other Logix controllers, engineers can use the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 design environment to configure the ControlLogix 5580 controller and all elements of the development control system.Data can be defined once and then easily accessed and reused throughout the Studio 5000 environment to speed up system development and debugging.
In addition, the use of the ControlLogix 5580 controller simplifies the product selection process, as the user can now select the appropriate model based on the total number of Ethernet nodes required.The single ControlLogix 5580 controller can support up to 300 Ethernet nodes.
"New ports and additional capabilities can reduce the amount of control and communication hardware required, thereby reducing system complexity and reducing costs and required installation space," said Dennis Wylie, global prodmanager at rockwell automation.