While preparing a story on another product's life cycle status, we became aware of the fact that Rockwell had updated the status of their 1797 Flex Ex line to “end of life.”
The Flex Ex line of distributed I/O is based on the popular Flex I/O product line, but it's also hazardous area rated in North America for Class I Zones 1 and 2, Groups IIC, IIB, and IIA.
While Rockwell has updated the Flex Ex product line with a discontinued date of 12/31/2016, no word on a replacement Allen-Bradley line of intrinsically safe I/O could be found on their website.
So what do you think? Is Rockwell likely to release a new line of intrinsically safe I/O, and if so when would they announce it?
Or is the market for installing I/O in hazardous locations not large enough to warrant a replacement product?
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