New Flex 5000 IO from Rockwell Automation

Flexible I/O Platform Enabling Integrated Control for The Connected Enterprise

Rockwell Automation is about to release the next generation Flex I/O family, the Flex 5000.  Here’s a look at what the Flex 5000 I/O is, and where to find more information about it.

FLEX 5000 I/O is a reliable and flexible distributed I/O solution, allowing you to choose your I/O to meet your operational needs. FLEX 5000 I/O enhances communication with 1 Gb EtherNet/IP™ connectivity, offering higher speed and increased bandwidth. Flexibility is provided through multiple network architectures and topology options in addition to a wide range of standard modules, with safety modules available in a future release.


  • Supports 1 Gb EtherNet/IP for DLR, Linear and Star topologies with PRP available in a future release
  • Wide range of architecture options with network support for two copper or two fiber Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) transceiver ports
  • Easily replace modules while the system is in operation with snap-on installation via Removal and Insertion Under Power (RIUP)
  • Optimize footprint by mounting up to 16 modules on a single node, vertically or horizontally, and in any module sequence
  • Built for extreme environments and hazardous areas, with the ability to operate at -40° to 70°C
  • Certifications include c-UL-us, CE, RCM, Ex, IECEx and KC
  • Broad portfolio of Fail-safe modules, TÜV certified up to SIL 3/PLe/Cat. 4, including digital, analog, configurable RTD/thermocouple and frequency counter, will be available

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