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In this issue:

  1. Rockwell Automation Technology
  2. Automation & Pneumatics Applications
  3. Automation Partner Solutions
  4. Training & Commercial Events
  5. Whitepapers & Design Tools
  6. Product Obsolescence

Section 1). Rockwell Automation Technology

PowerFlex 525 AC Drives feature an innovative, modular design to support fast and easy installation and configuration. They are ideal for applications such as conveyors, fans, pumps, and mixers. **NEW** One of the unique technical features of PowerFlex 525 AC Drives is permanent magnet motor control to help improve energy efficiency and reduce related costs. Learn more about this family of drives

Compact, Cost-Effective and Ready for The Connected Enterprise. Capable of measuring the pressure of liquid or gases, the new Allen-Bradley® Solid-State 836P Pressure Sensors are available in display and non-display models in rugged, compact housings with corrosion- resistant 316L solid-state sensor elements.

Bulletin 800K Piezoelectric Push Buttons are available in 22.5 and 30.5 mm sizes. These push buttons use a potted piezoelectric circuit in an SAE grade 316 stainless-steel body to achieve an IP69K rating. The piezoelectric circuit detects pressure on the surface of the button to provide a momentary actuation signal with no moving parts. 

ControlLogix® 5580 Controllers provide increased performance, capacity, productivity, and security to help meet the growing demands of smart machines and equipment for manufacturing. If you are using 5580 Controllers, check out the 1756 Slim Power Supply option for series B and C standard and 1756 XT Chassis, which offers a 29% reduction in width when space is limited. 

  Section 2). Automation and Pneumatics Applications

The JXC91 from SMC is a single axis controller for LE series 24VDC step motor actuators and is compatible with Ethernet/IP DLR fieldbus. Actuators can be operated directly over the network. Further Ethernet/IP capable functions include return to origin, alarm outputs and resets, parameter setup, status monitoring, and trial runs. This tool allows you to configure the controller to your exact needs.

Applications such as bulk chemical distribution systems, hot chemical wet bench, and chemical mechanical planarization require minimizing both particulate and chemical contamination. For users with the most demanding requirements, SMC and Horizon Solutions offer technology to help minimize contaminants, including fittings, fluoropolymer tubing, fluoropolymer valves, liquid flow measurement, and flow control. Learn more about high purity products and view the exact specifications here.

An LEFS slider, or rodless, type electric actuator features a load mounting platform situated above a ball screw drive. A flexible seal band permits platform movement while preventing grease and foreign matter from entering the drive. Advantages include a low profile height, shorter overall length than rod types, and better positioning repeatability than belt drives. The original LEFS slider features an inline motor with a cover. Because the motor drives the ballscrew directly, an additional cost of a belt and pulley system is avoided. 

Section 3). Automation Partner Solutions

Elwood’s replacement motors for Rockwell Automation legacy servos are form, fit, and function replacements for the original motors Elwood now support motors from F-Series, H-Series (which replaced S-Series), N-Series, W-Series, and 1326AS Series. These drop-in replacements make your MRO jobs that much easier to complete! Learn more about Elwood here. Elwood is a Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner. 

Enhance your electrical safety program through safety-by-design with the SafeSide Voltage Test Station. The Voltage Test Station (VTS) is a Permanent Electrical Safety Device (PESD) that allows workers a safer way to verify the presence or absence of voltage from outside the electrical cabinet. 

Section 4). Training and Commercial Events

Newsletter Automation Fair 2016Automation Fair® is the ideal event to discover how The Connected Enterprise can help you achieve faster time to market, optimize your assets, and lower your total cost of ownership. SAVE THE DATE: The 2016 event will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on November 9th and 10th

Webinar MobilityMobility is at the forefront of most industrial companies’ minds. Exposing production information and automation tools on a device which is almost always within arm’s reach is a key business strategy to enable employees to achieve peak performance. This webinar will cover the latest offerings bringing these capabilities into the industrial space.  Date: Monday, July 25th, 2016.  Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST  

Training ClassesWe have recently been adding a variety of training events to our website – classroom, seminar, webinar and more. Browse our complete list of training classes and events now.

Section 5). Whitepapers and Design Tools

Food and BeverageThe food and beverage industry is complex and rapidly evolving. Markets and tastes are changing. Consumers are more connected, informed and outspoken. Learn how smart manufacturing can help improve production in food and beverage operations — and how some companies are doing just that. 

OEM Smart MachinesOriginal equipment manufacturers (OEMs) always have been expected to innovate and keep pace with end users’ requirements. Yet, today in the era of smart manufacturing, users want to optimize their production and supply chain by bringing together islands of information — and they want OEMs to help. Delivering on the promise of smart manufacturing is vital. This article can help OEMs meet end users’ needs for integrated machines that provide production intelligence and improve responsiveness to changing market demands. 

Safety FunctionMachinery safety functions require multiple elements including a sensor or input device, a logic device, and an output device. Together, these elements provide a level of protection calculated by performance level as outlined in (EN) ISO 13849-1. Rockwell Automation has a library of safety function documents, each providing guidance for a specific safety function based on functional requirement, equipment selection, and performance level requirement, including set-up and wiring, configuration, verification and validation plan, and calculation of performance level.


Safety function documents include:

  • Presence sensing functions
  • Access & guard door functions
  • Emergency stop functions
  • Position & hand control functions
  • Process functions
  • Subsystem functions

machine safe guard safeguardingSafety does not have to come at the expense of productivity. Machine safeguarding can help increase overall efficiency. When you take the time to build a culture of safety – your success will show in reduced workers compensation costs and a prevailing attitude of commitment towards SAFETY FIRST. If your company faces OSHA fines, our team is here to help! Read Tom’s blog post to learn more about how we helped a customer better protect their robotic cells while keeping production throughput high. 

equipment upgrades modernizationEvery year, industrial facilities all over the world face the choice of maintaining their old equipment or replacing it with new technology. The decision to modernize includes some very important HOW, WHEN and WHY questions. Anita’s blog post helps users address some of these questions. Additionally, if you are considering an upgrade, Rockwell Automation does have online tools to allow end users to cross-reference their vital components to see “life cycle status” as well as modernization options. 

Determining the short circuit current ratings of a complete industrial control panel or control switchgear can be very challenging, especially if proper considerations are not made during the initial stages of the component selection process. The Global Short Circuit Current Ratings Selection Tool provides coordinated high fault branch circuit solutions for motor starters, soft-starters, and component drives. The one-line “Bills-of-Material” provide coordinated high fault SCCR ratings for all power devices used in the circuit, saving you time and effort to find and determine these ratings. The data provided by the Global SCCR tool is based in compliance with IEC and UL standards. 

Authorized DistributorKnowledgebase provides detailed answers to your questions. It is the best resource to find FAQs, product notices and more. If you have a question, others may have already asked that same question. Knowledgebase provides a variety of methods to get answers to your questions:

  • Submit a Question [Online Form]: When you don’t need an answer right away
  • Chat Online: Available 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, M-F
  • Forum: See what your peers are saying

Section 6). Product Obsolescence

You’ve seen the announcements about the Allen-Bradley® PLC-5® Control System entering the End of Life phase. However, you may have held off on migrating to newer technology due to:

  • The staff doesn’t have the ability or bandwidth to complete the migration
  • Concern for additional unplanned downtime during the migration
  • Lack of capital funding to take on a large number of units you have to migrate

There are plenty of resources available to help you migrate, and you have several options as you develop a proactive lifecycle plan. Whether you choose to work with trusted partners like Horizon Solutions and Rockwell Automation, a system integrator/solution provider or do it yourself, we offer a full portfolio of modernization and migration services and tools to ease the process. 

Made by Anyone. Repaired by Us. Repair Services from Rockwell Automation cover major automation brands and products and provide your plant with a single source solution for all of your electrical, electronic, mechanical, and servo product repairs. We provide you comprehensive repair services for over 200,000 items, from 7,000+ manufacturers. 

We know it’s critical for you to maximize your investment in your automation system, and we support that with a track record of long product lifecycles relative to our competition. But as products age and give way to new technologies, we also help you meet the demand to innovate. This includes clearly identifying a product’s current lifecycle stage, making it easier for you to proactively plan and manage the transition from existing equipment to leading-edge products and technologies. Use this search tool to identify the most contemporary Rockwell Automation products, bringing you advancements in performance, flexibility, and security with the potential to provide you with a competitive edge.