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Rockwell Automation: New 16-Point Configurable Block Addition to ArmorBlock 5000 I/O Portfolio

October 10, 2023

Industrial manufacturers can optimize their operations and reach higher levels of efficiency with the latest addition in the Allen‑Bradley ArmorBlock 5000 I/O portfolio, the 16-point configurable blocks.

These I/O blocks provide unparalleled configurability and integrated I/O capabilities that help enhance flexibility and precision in automation systems.

Designed for scalability, the new ArmorBlock 5000 I/O 16-point configurable blocks come in three industry-standard power variants and are suitable for a wide range of applications. Each block offers eight fast and eight standard configurable digital channels, which provide high adaptability for diverse application requirements.

Built to withstand harsh environments, the I/O blocks can be mounted directly on a machine, without the need to be in a control cabinet, resulting in a decentralized design. With a high performance zero cabinet architecture, manufacturers benefit from reduced wiring costs, more efficient installation and maintenance, and simplified machine design.

The configurable I/O blocks provide real-time monitoring and smarter control of processes through input timestamp, Sequence of Events (SOE) and scheduled output capabilities. The ability to synchronize input timestamp and output trigger with the system clock enables better machine precision, improves troubleshooting, and enhances overall system reliability.

The I/O blocks can be configured via a browser through the module’s secure web server, enabling a safer control network environment. Coupled with the option to customize private subnets for the module’s IP address, businesses can improve network security and increase operational resilience. With the new ArmorBlock 5000 I/O 16-point configurable blocks, manufacturers will be able to optimize efficiency, accelerate time to market and deliver better enterprise performance.

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