Allen-Bradley Micro800 - Now on EPLANMachine builders and end users who need a cost-effective control solution for their small applications will benefit from the new family of Allen-Bradley Micro800 micro programmable controllers and Connected Components Workbench software from Rockwell Automation. Micro800 controllers are among the 20,000-plus Allen-Bradley items currently listed on the EPLAN portal. When used with the freely available Connected Components Workbench software, they offer fully customisable solutions for nano- and micro-level controller applications
Together, the controllers and software are easy to configure, install and maintain. Designed to be used with other Allen-Bradley component class products, such as drives, motion control and operator interface products, the controllers are part of a solution bundle that offers machine builders easy selection, installation and commissioning of their low-cost, standalone machines. Because the Micro800 EPLAN macros are all readily available to download, design and engineering times are also greatly reduced.
Ideally suited for standalone machine applications with fewer than 88 digital I/O, the current offer consists of two controllers; the Allen-Bradley Micro810 and Micro830 controllers. Embedded USB and serial ports enable machine builders to quickly program the controllers and link them to human-machine interfaces (HMI) and other serial devices, helping to minimise selection and installation time for themselves, as well as the total cost of ownership for end users.
The Micro800 controllers offer a wide-range of plug-in modules for analogue/digital I/O, communications and expanded memory. The plug-in modules enable machine builders to personalise the controllers to increase functionality without expanding the product footprint. Plug-in options for weigh scales, temperature sensing and high-power outputs are also available.
As the smallest of the Micro800 family, the Micro810 controller features embedded smart relay function blocks that can be configured from a 1.5-inch LCD and keypad. The function blocks include Delay OFF/ON Timer, Time of Day, Time of Week and Time of Year for applications requiring a programmable timer and lighting control. The Micro830 controller provides flexible communications and up to six, high-speed counter inputs. It also provides easy incorporation of as many as five plug-in modules on the 48pt models, making a total of 88 digital I/O available.
The Micro800 PLC family and EPLAN design software are available from Routeco at routeco.com. Allen-Bradley Connect Components Workbench programming software is available free-of-charge on DVD or can be downloaded.
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