GuardLink is a new safety-based communications protocol utilizing standard wiring in a plug-and-play style connection from Rockwell Automation. GuardLink significantly reduces the amount of wiring needed by connecting safety devices in a series while providing access to individual device diagnostics over a single four conductor cable with up to 32 devices per link!
GuardLink technology makes it the perfect match to complete your data story, providing specific device location information, rendering commands to the safety devices and delivering diagnostic information to the control system, all over a single cable run. The GuardLink wiring taps allow you to connect electromechanical devices along with solid-state devices over a single wire without loss of safety integrity.
How does it work? Check out this video!
GuardLink integrates perfectly with the Allen Bradley Guardmaster safety relays. The Guardmaster DG Dual GuardLink Safety Relay is a new multi-functional safety relay, providing up to 20 configurable safety functions, and up to a 30 second time delay for outputs. This, coupled with the 440R-ENETR Ethernet/IP Gateway allows all the safety components to be visible on Ethernet/IP, making it easier and faster to diagnose issues via your Connected Enterprise. The connection of safety devices to the Connected Enterprise allows greater visibility, all the way down to individual guard doors and E-stops.
To learn more about the new Allen-Bradley Guardmaster GuardLink Safety System, check out the Smart Safety for Smarter Machines Webinar!