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Replacement Option for ControlLogix Motion Modules

December 15, 2023 – Battle Ground, Washington – All three of the Rockwell Automation ControlLogix analog motion modules, 1756-HYD02, 1756-M02AS, and 1756-M02AE, have reached end-of-life and, as of December 2024, will be discontinued and no longer available for sale. Rockwell does not have a replacement option, which leaves a need for a motion solution that Delta Motion is uniquely positioned to fulfill. Rockwell Automation recommends that OEMs and system integrators consider RMC Motion Controllers as a replacement for these modules. Delta’s RMC Motion Controllers can duplicate the function of the discontinued motion modules. They have the same I/O signals, communicate efficiently with Allen-Bradley PLCs via EtherNet/IP, and connect to all the same field devices as the ControlLogix analog motion modules. Delta Motion’s sales and support team also has the experience to support customers in converting from these modules to RMC motion controllers.

Features of Delta Motion’s RMC Motion Controllers include:

  • ±10V outputs (some RMCs also have ±20mA and 4-20mA options)
  • Connection to feedback devices: Quadrature, SSI, PWM, Start/Stop (analog options are also available)
  • Single and multi-axis: RMCs are available from 1 to 50 axes for lightly synchronizing axes
  • Command-based programming keeps most control in the PLC, or the RMC User Programs can offload critical motion-related tasks from the PLC
  • Easy-to-use and powerful RMCTools software (freely downloadable)
  • Analog and load cell inputs for position, pressure or force feedback
  • Extensive control algorithm options, including dual-loop position-pressure or position-force control
  • Knowledgeable and responsive technical support 24/7/365

To help get the word out about this replacement option, Rockwell Automation welcomed Delta Motion as a Technology Partner in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ and arranged for a booth at the Automation Fair in Boston in November.

Additionally, Delta continues to develop and release information designed to make a smooth transition for all applications. With the announcement, Delta has released a complete set of details of using the RMC with an AllenBradley PLC, step-by-step instructions, and a video on setting up the communications between ControlLogix and the RMCs, and they plan to record a live webinar at some point during Q1 of 2024.

For more information regarding the transfer of ControlLogix to the RMC, please contact Delta Motion’s technical support at technicalsales@deltamotion.com or call +1 360-254-8688.

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