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Rockwell Automation demonstrated at Pack Expo in Las Vegas the latest scalable, multidisciplined control and information technology to help machine builders lower their cost to design, develop and deliver packaging machinery.

Featuring new, cost-effective control for small, standalone machine applications, the Rockwell Automation controller portfolio scales from 12 to 10,000 I/O, giving machine builders the ability to mirror each manufacturer's needs at any given time.

"Machine builders can improve their design flexibility by standardising on a single control supplier, regardless of the types of applications they need to manage or the complexity of machines they build," said Mike Wagner, manager, Global Packaging Business, Rockwell Automation. "This standardisation allows them to scale the control system up, down or across applications to help manufacturers quickly adapt to market demands."

The Rockwell Automation booth featured several additions to its control and information platform:

* Simple control solutions for standalone machines:

Allen-Bradley Micro800 component-class micro programmable logic controllers provide a cost-effective control solution for small, standalone machine applications. Designed to be used with other Allen-Bradley component-class products, such as drives, motion control and operator-interface products, the controllers are part of a solution bundle that offers machine builders easy selection, installation and commissioning. The Micro800 controllers offer a wide range of plug-in modules for analogue/digital I/O, communications and expanded memory. Additionally, the new controller family offers simplified communication via point-to-point data exchange. Connected Components Workbench software is a free, downloadable software package that programmes the Allen-Bradley Micro800 family of controllers and configures other devices in the system.

* Midrange machine control solutions:

* Allen-Bradley compact GuardLogix programmable automation controllers provide integrated safety, motion, discrete and drive control capabilities in a single control platform to help machine builders reduce hardware, development and integration costs. Featuring a 1oo2 safety architecture, the controllers are rated up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL 3).

* Allen-Bradley Kinetix servo drives are available in a variety of power ranges and allow manufacturers to choose between two networks -- Sercos or EtherNet/IP.

* PanelView Plus 6 and PanelView Plus Compact HMI terminals are cost-effective operator interfaces that provide advanced integration with Logix-based controllers. The new PanelView Plus 6 terminal includes more memory with significantly faster refresh rates and more on-device storage. Every PanelView Plus 6 includes the latest FactoryTalk View Machine Edition and FactoryTalk ViewPoint software running on the Windows CE 6.0 operating system.

* Stratix ethernet switches use the current Cisco Catalyst switch architecture and feature set along with powerful configuration tools to help engineers and IT professionals achieve secure, seamless integration of Ethernet applications while incorporating software and programming tools familiar to IT.

* Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000 Design and Configuration software provides a single development environment for the products mentioned above and includes high-integrity, add-on instructions and integrated motion on EtherNet/IP capabilities.

The Rockwell Automation booth also featured the Mechatronics design portfolio to help machine builders combine mechanical and electrical engineering to achieve greater innovation, more optimised performance, faster time to market and reduced business risk. With this interdisciplinary approach, designers can address configuration and integration issues upfront and minimise the chance of encountering problems in later stages.

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