Rockwell Kinetix 5500 with integrated safety leverages EtherNet/IP network for machine safety functions.0
Rockwell Automation released its Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive with integrated safety that uses the EtherNet/IP network for machine safety functions. The EtherNet/IP network allows safety signals to travel via the same wires and IP addresses used for control and motion. In addition to motion and control parameters, end users now can configure the safety system within the Logix Designer software. They can unlatch the safe torque off function, program an unlimited number of set points, change safety zoning, and re-use code to maintain system validation. End users also gain improved diagnostics information through the drive’s integration with the GuardLogix safety controller. Details on safety-related faults, such as safe torque off requests, are shown on the drive’s LCD display. This information can also be pulled into existing information databases and reporting solutions already in use.