Controller Combines PLC and PC Functions

Rockwell’s Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5480 controller combines Logix control and Windows-based computing in one platform.

Controller from Rockwell Combines PLC and PC Functions
Controller from Rockwell Combines PLC and PC Functions

The controller marries a Logix control engine and the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system in a single platform. The controller can reduce latency by performing real-time data collection at the machine level. Users can view control information at its source, and other information can be sent upstream to the enterprise or cloud. The ability to run Windows applications on-premises can also reduce the need for a separate PC on the plant floor and shrink a machine’s footprint. The controller can support applications with up to 150 axes of motion, which makes it suitable for large packaging and converting, printing and web applications that would benefit from a simplified architecture and smaller footprint. The controller also provides faster scan-time execution and motion-loop updates to help improve machine throughput. Security functions include user authentication and authorization, role-based access and digitally signed encryption. And because the Windows operating system runs independently from the control engine, any disruptions to the operating system will not affect machine or line control.

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