I/O Cards provide zone control.

Press Release Summary:

1799-ZCIOV (sinking output) and 1799-ZCIOB (sourcing output) modules include Zone Interlocking Protocol, a parameter-based technology that allows 1 card to consume data directly from up to 4 other ZCIO cards, providing response time of 2 msec. ZCIO cards are designed for applications where machine provides enclosure for I/O or where I/O board fits into field replaceable unit. DeviceNet(TM) is built into each board and helps link machine to controller.

Original Press Release:

Rockwell Automation Adds Zone Control I/O Cards to Embedded I/O Family

Increased internal memory and Zone Interlocking Protocol add high-volume capabilities

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio, April 8, 2002 - Rockwell Automation has expanded the Allen-Bradley Embedded I/O family to include two new Zone Control I/O (ZCIO) cards. The new cards address both the technical and physical requirements of an OEM's machine-
embedded application, and expand the capabilities of Embedded I/O, creating a more responsive solution for end users.

The 1799-ZCIOV (sinking output) and 1799-ZCIOB (sourcing output) modules feature more internal memory, a reduced depth profile and the introduction of Zone Interlocking Protocol (ZIP), a parameter-based technology that allows one card to consume data directly from up to four other ZCIO cards. This feature makes the ZCIO cards ideal for high-speed applications because it eliminates the need to route information between the cards through a scanner or use hardwiring. As a result, the cards can communicate faster, slashing response time from an average 20 milliseconds to a mere 2 milliseconds.

The ZCIO cards are designed for applications where the machine provides the enclosure for the I/O or where the I/O board fits into a field replaceable unit. These types of applications are usually found in modular conveyor and sortation automation; robotics I/O; operator interface panels; packaging machines; highly distributed lift applications; and semiconductor applications.

"Rockwell Automation is responding directly to customer needs for improved zone control performance," said Tom Trombley, Embedded I/O product manager, Rockwell Automation. "The ZCIO cards offer greater flexibility for OEMs to design systems that
produce more efficient results for their end users."

Embedded I/O modules are unpackaged printed circuit boards that allow OEMs to buy only what is required for subassemblies that are complete field replaceable units or where the machine's structure can provide the protective enclosure. With the removable I/O connectors, the ZCIO cards help reduce wiring, installation costs, and start-up time.

Quick installation is further enabled by DeviceNet(TM), which is built into each ZCIO board. DeviceNet flat media cables help link the machine to the controller, avoiding costly start-up delays. DeviceNet features a change-of-state functionality that promotes speed and efficiency, and the software tool needed to configure DeviceNet, RSNetWorx(TM), is integrated within the product.

Embedded I/O modules can also perform local control using DeviceLogix(TM) Smart Component Technology. By allowing control at the device level, DeviceLogix permits the PLC or PC-based controllers to concentrate on other more advanced functions.

New features found in the ZCIO cards include:

- Increased internal memory, allowing the user to create a DeviceLogix program that contains 72 function blocks, versus the current product's 48 function blocks.

- Zone Interlocking Protocol (ZIP) that allows one ZCIO card to consume data directly from up to four other cards.

- Reduced in-channel depth profile that allows the ZCIO to fit within the standard two-inch trough on the side of a conveyor.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation solutions, including Allen-Bradleye controls and engineered services and Rockwell Softwaree factory management software, Dodges mechanical power transmission products, Reliance Electric motors and drives. The company also is a leading provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs approximately 23,000 people at more than 450 locations serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the Embedded I/O Family, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1505.

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