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I/O modules help increase productivity and flexibility

09 July 2018

The creation of smarter, more productive and flexible industrial control systems is possible with the Allen-Bradley FLEX 5000 I/O platform, says Rockwell Automation.

The higher-speed connectivity and expanded bandwidth of the platform helps deliver increased amounts of data back to the controller which helps future-proof control systems.

The platform is built on a 1 Gigabit architecture with communications supporting Device Level Ring (DLR), linear and star topologies. A future release will support Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) for a redundant network topology.

The FLEX 5000 I/O modules can also help improve productivity as engineering time is reduced by simplified wiring and design. Installation is eased with a flexible architecture that includes vertical and horizontal mounting and copper and fibre media options. Hardware requirements can be minimised during installation because the modules are designed to operate in extreme environments at operating temperatures of from -40 to 70ºC.

The modules can also help reduce unplanned downtime, especially in continuous process-control applications. Removal and insertion under power (RIUP) allows technicians to replace existing I/O, and an online change capability allows configuration of new I/O, both while the system continues to run. In addition, the flexibility to configure alarms, events and diagnostics at the channel level helps drive maintenance efficiency.

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