I/O Wiring Conversion System Helps PLC Users with Phased Migration to Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture


Helps minimize wiring errors and reduce labor costs when migrating to newer programmable automation control systems

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 13, 2008 - Rockwell Automation has developed an I/O wiring conversion system that helps users migrate existing control platforms to the Allen¬Bradley ControlLogix programmable automation controller-based I/O platform. The system is part of the Rockwell Automation migration solutions program and reduces many of the costs, risks and complexities involved with PLC migration projects.

The new conversion system assists in helping manufacturers cost effectively replace PLC systems that are no longer supported by their original manufacturers with the highly flexible, multidisciplined Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture platform. Additionally, the conversion system helps those manufacturers looking to upgrade to the platform. An Integrated Architecture system offers performance gains such as improved productivity, lower costs, and easier access to parts and service. By preserving existing field wiring, the conversion system helps users reduce downtime, wiring time and labor costs by lessening the number of connections needed to complete the system migration.

"The conversion system is part of our strategy to give manufacturers a smooth transition to a more flexible and scalable control and information platform," said Sabina Piyevsky, commercial engineering team leader, Rockwell Automation.

Users can now quickly replace Modicon 800 Series I/O racks with the ControlLogix I/O system without disturbing field wiring. The swing-arm conversion system takes the existing Modicon 800 I/O swing arm and converts the field terminations to match a compatible ControlLogix I/O module.

Moreover, the ControlLogix I/O system takes no more panel room than the existing platform, allowing users to keep the same footprint. The conversion system includes a mounting/ground faceplate, Modicon 800 series swing arm, conversion modules, cover plate, and ControlLogix I/O system with interface cables.

The I/O wiring conversion system for Modicon 800 Series I/O racks is targeted for distribution in late November to early December 2008. Conversion systems for other automation suppliers' PLCs will be available in the near future.

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage for their businesses. The company brings together leading global brands in industrial automation that include Allen-Bradley controls and services, and Rockwell Software factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., the company employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the swing-arm conversion system, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, ext. 2122. http://www.rockwellautomation.com/solutions/migration.

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