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June 28, 2012 - Expanding PlantPAx communication capabilities, Allen-Bradley 1788-EN2FFR and 1788-CN2FFR provide direct link from EtherNet/IP or ControlNet networks to FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 device-level network. Both support up to 16 field devices on single H1 segment and feature multiple redundancy configurations, including redundant linking devices, H1 media, ControlNet media, and EtherNet/IP Device-Level Ring. Add-On-Profile offers detailed field device configuration and built-in diagnostics for troubleshooting.

New FOUNDATION Fieldbus Linking Devices Strengthen Rockwell Automation Communication Portfolio for Plantwide Process Control


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Rockwell Automation, Inc.
1201 S. 2nd St.
Milwaukee, WI, 53204
USA



Press release date: June 14, 2012

Rockwell Automation linking devices for FF H1 simplify troubleshooting while expanding PlantPAx system communication capabilities

MILWAUKEE, - Two new linking devices from Rockwell Automation provide PlantPAx process automation system users with connectivity to FOUNDATION Fieldbus devices. The Allen-Bradley 1788-EN2FFR and 1788-CN2FFR linking devices provide a direct link from EtherNet/IP or ControlNet networks to the FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 device-level network, making the integration of FOUNDATION Fieldbus devices intuitive and seamless.

"The FOUNDATION Fieldbus standard is a popular choice among many process industry companies because of the wiring, commissioning and support savings a digital network offers," explained Graham Proctor, product manager, Rockwell Automation. "With these linking devices, PlantPAx system users can access data for improved diagnostics, troubleshooting, maintenance and uptime."

The 1788-EN2FFR and 1788-CN2FFR linking devices offer simplified setup into RSLogix 5000 software from Rockwell Automation, thanks to an Add-On-Profile (AOP) and auto-configure tool. The auto-configure tool helps save hours of setup time by applying the most frequently used configuration, while the AOP provides a graphical environment for more detailed field device configuration. In addition, the AOP provides built-in diagnostics, including information on network voltages and currents, internal temperature, and device status, which also can be viewed directly from the on-device display, simplifying troubleshooting for plant operators. A built-in webserver also provides remote access to network and field device data.

Both devices support up to 16 field devices on a single H1 segment and feature multiple redundancy configurations, including redundant linking devices, H1 media, ControlNet media, and EtherNet/IP Device-Level Ring. No external software or user licenses are required for operation, and each device features a built-in power conditioner, which minimizes the equipment's installed footprint.

About Rockwell Automation
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 over 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information: - Rockwell Automation FOUNDATION Fieldbus Linking Solutions http://ab.rockwellautomation.com/Networks-and-Communications/Process/FOUNDATION-Fieldbus

Media contacts:
Ken Brunnbauer
Rockwell Automation
414.383.0147
kjbrunnbauer@ra.rockwell.com

Allen-Bradley, LISTEN. THINK. SOLVE., PlantPAx and RSLogix are trademarks of Rockwell Automation, Inc. ControlNet and EtherNet/IP are trademarks of ODVA. Trademarks not belonging to Rockwell Automation are properties of their respective companies.
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