Rockwell Automation: Controllers, Software Target Small Machine Applications

Oct. 1, 2011
A new family of Allen-Bradley Micro800 programmable controllers and Connected Components Workbench software is designed for small machine applications with fewer than 48 I/O points.

Designed to be used with other Allen-Bradley component class products such as drives, motion control and operator interface products, the controllers are said to deliver “the functionality and flexibility of a micro programmable logic controller for the price of a smart relay.” Initial launch includes two models: Micro810 features embedded smart relay function blocks that can be configured from a 1.5-inch LCD and keypad; Micro830 provides flexible communications, up to six, high-speed counter inputs, and support for up to five plug-in modules. The software allows machine builders to program Micro800 controllers and configure other devices in the system, including PowerFlex drives and PanelView Component HMI products. It comes in two versions: Standard can be downloaded for free; Developer features run-time download, user-defined function blocks and controller simulation.