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Allen-Bradley is the brand name of various product lines of industrial automation equipment manufactured by Rockwell Automation, Inc. – an American provider of factory automation and digital transformation solutions, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company manufactures a wide range of products including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs), software tools, motor drives and drive systems, motor control centers, sensors, encoders, switches, and contactors, as well as safety components and systems.
The Allen-Bradley Company was founded in 1903 by Lynde Bradley, with the financial backing of Dr.Stanton Allen–who invested $1000 for the production of a prototype motor controller. During the 20th century, Lynde and his brother Harry built the company into one of the leading employers in Wisconsin state, by gradually expanding their production facilities in the Walker’s Point area. At the time, the Allen-Bradley Company specialized in the design and manufacturing of different electrical products like the Allen‑Bradley compression rheostats. But as major events, such as World War I (1914 –1918), the Great Depression (1929–1939), and World War II (1939 –1945), transformed the United States, the company shifted its production lines to meet the country’s immediate needs.
For example, during World War I, the company manufactured control panels for U.S. Navy ships among other components, with military orders accounting for 70% of its business. As the Great Depression–the greatest and longest worldwide economic recession–set in, Allen-Bradley developed small discrete resistors for FM radios, enabling more Americans to listen to President Roosevelt’s influential radio talks.
Also, in the 1930s, Allen-Bradley invested heavily in extensive research and development of high-end electrical products. This gave the company an edge in securing profitable government contracts during World War II to manufacture electrical components for warships and fighter planes; with its total sales of these components tripling from 1940 to 1945.
When World War II finally ended, Allen-Bradley resumed its main operations of manufacturing electro-mechanical industrial control systems, while continuing to develop relevant technology solutions for other industries. In the following years, the company would become a leading American manufacturer of electronic components, industrial control systems, adjustable speed drives, variable frequency drives, magnetic materials, and reinforced thermoplastic moldings. These technological innovations were widely adopted in various industries to manufacture automobiles, machine tools, pulp and paper products, glass, food & beverage products, as well as monitoring & control instruments for use in petrochemical, mining, and aerospace industries.
In 1985, the Allen-Bradley Company was purchased by Rockwell Internationalfor $1.651 billion. Rockwell International was a major American multi-industry company involved in manufacturing aircraft, avionics, space shuttle orbiters, the Command and Service Module (CSM) of the Apollo spacecraft, defense and commercial electronics, light-duty and heavy-duty automotive components, valves and meters, and printing presses. On acquiring Allen-Bradley in 1985, the company also became a provider of industrial automation software and hardware.
At the dawn of the Information Revolution of the 1990s, which was driven by computer technology, Rockwell International began developing advanced manufacturing software and other related technologies, most notably the PowerFlex technology. In 2001, the company changed its name from Rockwell International to Rockwell Automation, and a few years after that it initiated a partnership with Intel Corporation to use Intel’s high-performance network processor technology in developing innovative industrial automation solutions. By the mid of the second decade of the 21st century, Rockwell Automation had established its presence in more than 80 countries, thereby becoming a global provider of industrial control products.
Today, Rockwell Automation is the world’s largest American company that’s dedicated to digital transformation and industrial automation. Its organizational structure is currently divided into three operating segments, namely: Software & Control, Intelligent Devices, and Lifecycle Services such as industrial automation asset-management services including consulting and repair.
Rockwell Automation provides a wide range of industrial automation hardware under the Allen‑Bradley brand name, including:
Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) manufactured by Rockwell Automation range from large industrial control systems to small and even microcontrollers designed to meet customers’ specific control needs. Here are some of the currently available Allen‑Bradley programmable controllers:
Rockwell Automation provides several PowerFlexAC Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) designed to handle both medium-voltage and low-voltage motor control applications, with a broad range of power ratings. Examples of PowerFlexAC drives under the Allen-Bradleybrand name include:
Rockwell Automation provides a full product line of PowerFlex DC solutions, designed for demanding DC motor control applications and retrofits of up to 4000 kW/6000 Hp. These solutions include PowerFlex DC digital drives, PowerFlex DC field controllers, and PowerFlex DC standalone regulators (SAR).
Allen-Bradley servo drives provide smart and scalable motion control solutions, with quicker development time. They are designed to enhance system flexibility, simplify machine designs, and improve overall system performance. These servo drives are classified into the following categories:
Rockwell Automation offers a broad portfolio of Kinetix rotary servo motors with an extensive range of environmental configurations and power options. These servo motors feature reliability and efficiency that can increase system productivity, improve machine service life, and add flexibility to your motion applications. Available Allen-BradleyKinetixrotary servo motors include:
Allen-Bradley linear servo motors are designed to provide excellent servo responsiveness and precise linear positioning in high-speed applications. They include the LDC-Series linear servo motors and the LDL-Series linear servo motors.
Rockwell Automation provides reliable Kinetix linear actuators that combine direct-drive technology, precision accuracy, peak thrust forces, high levels of velocity, and quick accelerations to help maximize machine performance and improve production quality standards. Available Allen-Bradley linear actuators include Integrated Linear Thrusters (Bulletin LDAT), MP- and VP-Series Electric Cylinders (Bulletin MPAR and VPAR, respectively), and MP-Series Electric Heavy-Duty Cylinders (Bulletin MPAI).
Allen-Bradley integrated stages are stage-type, high-precision linear actuators from Rockwell Automation, designed with a ball screw mechanism and linear motor technology. These actuators can support heavy linear loads and tolerate moment loads. They include MP-Series (Bulletin MPAS) Integrated Linear Stages and MP-Series (Bulletin MPMA) Integrated Multi-Axis Stages.
Rockwell Automation provides a variety of Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and visualization solutions for smart manufacturing. Available Allen-Bradley operator interface terminals are classified as follows:
Note: There are many other industrial automation hardware products from Rockwell Automation under the Allen-Bradleybrand name, including:
Allen-Bradley hardware and software automation solutions, integrated control systems, as well as information solutions, are built for demanding applications across multiple industries. Here are some of the common industrial applications of Allen-Bradley products:
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