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"Rockwell Automation" Servo Drive Features Integrated Motion Over EtherNet/IP Technology for Simplified and Enhanced Machine Design

Advanced safety features of the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6500 servo drive boost production efficiency and machine availability

MILWAUKEE, April 15, 2010 —
Rockwell Automation today announced the first high-performance, modular servo drive to leverage embedded EtherNet/IP technology for integrated motion control. The EtherNet/IP drive support available with the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6500 servo drive helps eliminate the need for a dedicated motion network and allows high-performance drives, I/O, smart actuators and any other EtherNet/IP-connected device to be supported on a common network. When used with the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix programmable automation controller (PAC), the Kinetix 6500 drive helps to provide increased machine design flexibility, improved system performance and reduced system cost.

Integrated motion on EtherNet/IP within the Kinetix 6500 servo drive uses CIP Motion, an extension of the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) from the Open Device Vendors Association (ODVA). CIP Motion technology combines the requirements of deterministic, real-time, closed-loop motion control, offering full compliance with Ethernet standards, including IEEE 802.3 and TCP/IP. EtherNet/IP is the world’s leading industrial Ethernet topology, with over 850 product lines from 250 companies and over 2 million nodes sold.

Position, speed and torque loops can be set within the new Kinetix 6500 servo drive, delivering an open, high-bandwidth solution for motion control. Add the power of ODVA’s CIP Sync technology – the IEEE-1588 compliant Precision Clock Synchronization – and multiple axes can be coordinated for precise, synchronized motion control.

Leveraging the proven performance of the Kinetix 6000 family, the Kinetix 6500 drive also offers advanced safety features, such as safe stop, zero speed monitoring, safe direction monitoring and safe maximum acceleration monitoring. These features help improve operator safety, as well as enhance machine efficiency by allowing access to guarded areas while a machine or process continues to operate, to help reduce downtime.

For applications such as clean-in-place for food producers or roller cleaning on a printing machine, safe-speed technology can help avoid injury to personnel while maximizing machine uptime. Operators and maintenance workers can clean equipment while the machine is still running, helping to speed up the cleaning process and providing greater machine availability. The ability to access the machine to remove foreign objects or jams without an emergency shutdown also reduces scrap, extends machine life, and limits the amount of energy needed to power the machine back to full operating speed.

The Kinetix 6500 servo drives feature an innovative modular structure that helps provide an adaptable platform for future machine enhancements, such as an increased power range. Using interchangeable control modules, an axis can easily transition to a different network or safety functionality, helping users more easily adapt to new market trends or technologies while reducing upgrade costs by up to 50 percent.

The Kinetix 6500 servo drive is ideal for motion control applications where high performance, efficiency and safety are crucial, such as in the food processing, packaging, printing and web, and other machine types requiring position control.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs about 19,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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Media contacts:
Julie Gonzo
Rockwell Automation

Michelle Theilmann
Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc.
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