Machine and plant manufacturers are challenged to shorten the development and installation time of their machines, while increasing their flexibility, due to the rapidly changing needs of consumers. The Servo Drive Allen-Bradley "Kinetix 5500" with integrated security helps them to meet these requirements: by using an Ethernet / IP network and a single development and design environment Studio 5000.
To meet the high motion requirements, the Kinetix 5500 servo drive with integrated safety functionality has high-speed coordination and uses the Ethernet / IP network to provide machine safety features. End users benefit from more safety for their personnel and higher machine availability in production.
Safety-relevant signals can be transmitted via the Ethernet / IP network via the same cable and IP addresses that are also used for control and for axis control. A hard-wired security system is thereby unnecessary. Wiring costs are reduced, saving time and money on installation and eliminating potential sources of error. This in turn reduces the need for troubleshooting and shortens downtime.
Machine and plant engineers can more quickly configure the drive with the Studio 5000 development environment and the Allen-Bradley "Guard Logix" safety controllers, and provide more ease of use for their customers. In addition to the motion and control parameters, users can now also implement the safety functions in one and the same development environment. You can reset the STO (safe torque off) function, program an unlimited number of setpoints, change security zones, and reuse existing code to maintain system validation.