Rockwell Automation has announced the addition of EtherNet/IP to its Centerline motor control centres (MCCs). With the features of an integrated Ethernet/IP network, manu-facturers now have access to production information throughout the enterprise and can take advantage of simplified device programming with Premier Integration. "We are excited to launch our new EtherNet/IP-enabled MCC," said Paul Krause, Product Marketing Manager, Rockwell Automation. "With EtherNet/IP integrated into our Centerline MCCs, customers can access more detailed production data. This allows plant engineers to predict potential problems and help prevent equipment failures, ultimately resulting in higher asset availability, improved productivity and reduced maintenance costs." Leveraging a single, standard network simplifies communication for the entire enterprise and provides users with the flexibility to control, configure and collect data from any point in the system. In addition, by taking advantage of Premier Integration, users can configure and commission their MCC faster with RSLogix 5000 software, helping to eliminate errors associated with redundant programming. Furthermore, the Ethernet connection allows Centerline MCC users to access information remotely. This allows personnel to safely monitor, troubleshoot and diagnose the MCC without exposing them to potentially dangerous conditions and power equipment. Knowing how a motor control centre is performing from anywhere also saves time by minimising the need for maintenance personnel to enter the motor control centre. This saves time associated with suiting up with personal protective equipment and helps protect personnel from exposure to hazardous conditions.