On-ma­chine switch de­liv­ers data for bet­ter de­ci­sions

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion has launched the Allen-Bradley Ar­morS­tratix 5700, its first on-ma­chine switch.

Built with ruggedi­zed IP67 pro­tec­tion, the Layer 2 man­aged in­dus­trial Eth­er­net switch can be mounted di­rectly onto a ma­chine or ap­pli­ca­tion, re­duc­ing the over­all size and cost of a con­trol cab­i­net, and shrink­ing the ma­chine foot­print.

The switch pro­vides in­te­gra­tion of ma­chine-level data that, due to cost or lo­ca­tion, would oth­er­wise re­main iso­lated from business-level sys­tems. Us­ing the Cisco IOS net­work in­fra­struc­ture soft­ware, this switch man­ages the trans­fer of pro­duc­tion data to en­ter­prise-level data­bases and in­for­ma­tion sys­tems for im­proved decision mak­ing.

Ma­chine-mounted Eth­er­net switches with M12 con­nec­tors and IP67 rat­ings are very popular among ma­chine builders. This switch should go a long way to­ward re­solv­ing the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy/op­er­a­tional tech­nol­ogy strug­gles in man­u­fac­tur­ing plants to­day.

Th­ese tools help en­able easy setup and di­ag­nos­tics from within the Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion In­te­grated Ar­chi­tec­ture sys­tem – bridg­ing the gap be­tween IT and the au­to­ma­tion en­gi­neer.

The switch comes stan­dard with 8, 16 and 24 fixed-port con­fig­u­ra­tions, and each base model comes with M12 Eth­er­net con­nec­tors, SD f lash card, dual-power in­puts and a pan­el­mounted de­sign.

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