Manufacturers and equipment builders are looking for ways to simplify and standardize safety across their machines and systems. With the new Allen-Bradley Compact GuardLogix 5370 controller from Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis., users no longer need separate networks and controllers for safety and motion in applications with up to 16 axes.
The Compact GuardLogix 5370 controller helps users meet global safety standards such as achieving Safety Integrity Level 3, Performance Level e and Category 4. Data can be defined once, and then easily accessed and re-used across different machine types to speed system development and commissioning.
In addition, a single programming environment for both safety and standard control removes the need to manually manage separate standard and safety memory, or partition logic to isolate safety.
The Compact GuardLogix 5370 controller also includes dual Ethernet ports to support both linear and device-level-ring network topologies, built-in energy storage and a removable 1-GB Secure Digital (SD) card for improved data integrity.