EC: Allen-Bradley NEMA Centerline 2100 low-voltage motor control centers with EtherNet/IP
Power – Motor control center: EtherNet/IP-enabled low voltage motor control centers from Rockwell Automation provide seamless information exchange between plant floor devices and business-level systems to increase productivity and improve worker safety. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice award winner.
With the addition of EtherNet/IP to the Centerline motor control centers (MCCs), manufacturers now have access to more detailed production information throughout the enterprise and can take advantage of simplified device programming with premier integration. Users can access more detailed production data—allowing engineers to predict potential problems and help prevent equipment failures—ultimately resulting in higher asset availability, improved productivity and reduced maintenance costs.
Leveraging a single, standard network simplifies communication for the entire enterprise and provides users with the flexibility to control configure and collect data from any point in the system. In addition, by taking advantage of Premier Integration, users can configure and commission their MCC faster with RSLogix 5000 software, helping to eliminate errors associated with redundant programming. Furthermore, the Ethernet connection allows Centerline MCC users to access information remotely. This allows personnel to safely monitor, troubleshoot, and diagnose the MCC without exposing them to potentially dangerous conditions and power equipment. Knowing how a motor control center is performing from anywhere also saves time by minimizing the need for maintenance personnel to enter the motor control center. This saves time associated with suiting up with personal protective equipment and helps protect personnel from exposure to hazardous conditions.
With embedded IntelliCenter technology, Centerline MCCs use a preconfigured and pretested network with integrated hardware and software. This level of integration helps reduce installation time with its plug-and-play setup, and can help minimize facility downtime by quickly providing intelligent diagnostic and predictive failure information.
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