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SIL 3 safety controller will cut costs and boost productivity

20 July, 2020

Rockwell Automation has expanded its family of safety controllers by adding a new device that brings the performance and cost-saving benefits of its Allen-Bradley Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers to safety applications. Engineers can now scale applications up to and including SIL 3/PLe with 1oo2 architecture.

Rockwell says that the Compact GuardLogix 5380 SIL 3 controller will allow users to “right-size” safety control systems to applications, based on safety assessments, thus helping to cut design and purchasing costs.

The increased processing power in the controller can reduce reaction times and safe distances, helping to create smaller machines, save floor space and increase operator efficiency.

Having a single high-performance controller for both standard and safety control also helps to boost productivity and to cut system costs, complexity and cabinet sizes. It also allows engineers to mix-and-match standard and safety I/O in the same chassis.

Rockwell Automation's Compact GuardLogix 5380 SIL 3 controller will allow users to “right-size” safety control systems

Gigabit Ethernet ports provide high-capacity communications, helping to achieve data-intensive smart manufacturing without needing any extra hardware.

Integrated support for certified motion safety instructions can reduce the need for hardware components and wiring in a machine and simplify installation. And local safety I/O support can cut the need for adapters, as well as improving machine performance.

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