Motor Starter requires no additional enclosure.

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Allen-Bradley® ArmorStart(TM) distributed starter is a pre-engineered, pre-configured motor starter with modular, plug-and-play design. Integrated, machine-mount configuration uses fewer cables, simplifying wiring and minimizing panel space requirements. Equipped with IP67/NEMA 4 enclosure, ArmorStart operates in demanding and wash-down environments. It can be used with motors ranging from .5-10 hp at 50/60 Hz with voltage range from 200-460 Vac.

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Allen-Bradley Distributed Motor Starter Requires Less Wiring and Needs No Additional Enclosure

Pre-engineered motor starter reduces installation and operating costs, increases system reliability and conserves valuable plant floor space

MILWAUKEE, July 14, 2003 - Manufacturers and system-level users who spend excessive amounts of time configuring and installing motor starters into existing applications now have a more cost-effective, time-saving solution: the new Allen-Bradley® ArmorStart(TM) distributed starter from Rockwell Automation.

ArmorStart is a pre-engineered, pre-configured combination motor starter that requires no additional enclosures and features a modular, plug-and-play design for quick and reliable installation. Since a traditional enclosure is not required, the starter can be quickly and easily mounted on the machine near the motor. The integrated, machine-mount design uses fewer cables, which simplifies wiring, minimizes panel space requirements, and allows faster and more accurate connections.

"Traditionally, engineers have built machines and control cabinets as separate units, which required massive amounts of wiring and manpower to interconnect the two," said Brian Taylor, business manager, Electronic Power Components, Rockwell Automation. "As part of Rockwell Automation's cost-saving on-machine architecture, ArmorStart is deployed directly on the machine, rather than in centralized cabinets. As a result, users have less potential for wiring problems because of shorter wiring runs and fewer connections."

Equipped with a robust IP67/NEMA Type 4 enclosure, ArmorStart provides reliable operation in environmentally demanding conditions, including wash-down environments. Additional flexibility is provided by four inputs and two outputs and an optional keypad for local start/stop control at the motor. The device can be used with motors ranging from .5 to 10 horsepower (.75 to 7.5 kW) @ 50/60 Hz for non-reversing and reversing applications with a voltage range from 200 - 460 VAC. ArmorStart can accept control voltages of 24 VDC, 120 VAC or 240 VAC.

ArmorStart's machine-mount design saves time by eliminating the need for maintenance engineers and operators to access a control panel every time they have to check a connection or make an adjustment. With its pre-tested, quick-connect wiring assembly, users can efficiently isolate problems and replace a starter or I/O locally, rather than sorting through a complex panel (which also may be a safety hazard). This speeds installation and troubleshooting, cuts engineering costs, and reduces wiring errors common in point-to-point wiring systems.

With advanced motor protection capabilities, multiple methods of motor starting and built-in DeviceNet(TM) connectivity, ArmorStart offers superior application flexibility. Moreover, the device's modular, plug-and-play design gives OEMs greater flexibility to cost-effectively disassemble and relocate equipment or make additions with relative ease.

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-Bradley® controls and engineered services and Rockwell Software® factory management software, Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, and 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 22,000 people at more than 450 locations serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the ArmorStart, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1630.

ArmorStart, Complete Automation, Dodge, Reliance Electric, Allen-Bradley, and Rockwell Software are trademarks of Rockwell Automation.

DeviceNet is a trademark of the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association.

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