Rockwell Automation Advances Automation Efficiency with Enhanced ArmorBlock 5000 IO-Link Master Blocks

May 7, 2024

Rockwell Automation Advances Automation Efficiency with Enhanced ArmorBlock 5000 IO-Link Master Blocks

Manufacturers can further streamline operation processes and reduce deployment time with the release of an enhanced firmware and Add-on Profile (AOP) update in the Allen‑Bradley® ArmorBlock 5000® IO-Link master blocks. The newly added features, coupled with the On-Machine™ capability, provide a significant boost in functionality and performance for applications within demanding industrial environments.

Highlights of the new capabilities in ArmorBlock 5000 IO-Link master blocks include:

  • Generic IO-Link profile allows compatibility with a wider range of IO-Link devices, enabling expanded machine capabilities for existing automation systems.
  • Process Data only mode further simplifies the IO-Link integration experience by transmitting data specified by the IO-Link device.
  • Automatic download of IODD files via the IO-Link device registration tool helps to simplify the workflow, speeding up configuration and optimizing overall efficiency.
  • EDS file import/export functionality enables more efficient project deployment where users can leverage the same EDS file across different machines.
  • Change type functionality allows the replacement of an IO-Link master block with a different power variant without device and software reconfiguration.

With these latest enhancements, manufacturers can benefit from increased flexibility, efficiency, and productivity in their automation processes. The improved ArmorBlock 5000 IO-Link master blocks will heighten the Premier Integration experience, which makes automating and maintaining the system easier than before.

Allen‑Bradley, ArmorBlock 5000, On-Machine and Rockwell Automation are trademarks of Rockwell Automation Inc.


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