Rockwell Automation Expands On-Machine Portfolio

April 3, 2024
New drives, I/O blocks and industrial PCs add to Rockwell Automation’s technologies for decentralized control architectures using field-mounted automation components.

Rockwell Automation has expanded its on-machine portfolio with four new products:

  • ArmorKinetix distributed servo drives, which provide the high-performance of the Kinetix 5700 platform in a compact, IP66/67 rated form factor, configurable as near-motor drive or integrated drive-motor solution. 
  • ArmorBlock 5000 I/O blocks with ratings up to IP69K, three power variants, flexible mounting options and use of IO-Link technology for harsh environments.
  • Armor PowerFlex drives for on-machine variable frequency drive motor control. These drives feature gigabit dual-port EtherNet/IP communication with hardware and network safety features.
  • ASEM 6300PA on-machine industrial PCs with a fanless design and wide temperature specs.

Rockwell Automation says its on-machine technologies “enable decentralized control architectures where automation components are field-mounted rather than kept in large electrical enclosures. This approach offers more simplified, modular machines that can have lower total costs, reduced footprint and require less time to set up for operation. By enabling key components to be easily accessed by factory personnel, they are better enabled to proactively identify and address problems and increase system uptime.”

“Manufacturers are facing market trends that quickly change and consumers are demanding more customization and innovation,” said Joe Azzolina, senior product manager, Armor PowerFlex, Rockwell Automation. “On-machine solutions are less constrained by physical boundaries such as enclosure size or ridge architectures. This means that modular design is easier to achieve, and OEMs and end users alike can be more adaptive to build for the future.”

Sponsored Recommendations

Wireless Data Acquisition System Case Studies

Wireless data acquisition systems are vital elements of connected factories, collecting data that allows operators to remotely access and visualize equipment and process information...

Strategizing for sustainable success in material handling and packaging

Download our visual factory brochure to explore how, together, we can fully optimize your industrial operations for ongoing success in material handling and packaging. As your...

A closer look at modern design considerations for food and beverage

With new and changing safety and hygiene regulations at top of mind, its easy to understand how other crucial aspects of machine design can get pushed aside. Our whitepaper explores...

Fueling the Future of Commercial EV Charging Infrastructure

Miguel Gudino, an Associate Application Engineer at RS, addresses various EV charging challenges and opportunities, ranging from charging station design strategies to the advanced...