Every machine builder must balance requirements to cut costs, shorten time to market, and add new features and functions to their machines. Usually, it is the control that is called upon to deliver the new features and functions, however, the available time to set up such a control continues to shrink. The Connected Components system aims to help builders develop the control they need, but to do so in less time.
The Connected Components program combines a simple, powerful controller with a suite of compatible components and a set of application development tools. It helps machine builders identify the right control products needed for their specific applications.
It is built around a core of Allen-Bradley MicroLogix programmable logic controllers (PLCs), Allen-Bradley PowerFlex drives and the newly developed Allen-Bradley PanelView Component human-machine interface (HMI). The Connected Components Building Blocks make it fast and easy to implement common control tasks as part of the machine design.
These Building Blocks include pre-written software code for the PLC that can be modified to meet the needs of a given machine. Pre-written HMI programs also ease operator interface set up, and preconfigured drive-parameter files can take the strain out of implementing speed-control tasks. In addition, the Building Blocks help with product selection, panel layout and wiring diagrams written in CAD format, and generating a complete bill of materials for the project.
Rockwell Automation Inc.
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