Company has added three new applications to Software Studio 5000, helping engineers speed development of automation systems as they design a connected enterprise. Along with the Studio 5000 Logix Designer application released in 2012, the new applications bring more functionality together into one environment to help improve automation design productivity.
The Studio 5000 environment now includes the new Architect application, the central point where users can view the overall automation system; configure devices such as controllers, HMIs and EOIs; and, manage communications between the devices. The Architect application also exchanges data with other Studio 5000 applications and third-party electrical design tools to simplify the development experience. The Studio 5000 Logix Designer application is the design and maintenance software for the Allen-Bradley Logix5000 family of controllers, and is used to configure discrete, process, batch, motion, safety and drive control. It simplifies the design process by providing an application-centric view of code; enhanced work flows for more efficient re-use of content; and, collaborative tools that make it easier for multiple people to work together.
The new Studio 5000 View Designer application is the design and maintenance software for Allen-Bradley PanelView 5500 graphic terminals. The Studio 5000 View Designer application provides an intuitive, modern design environment that helps users more easily build contemporary systems. It enhances integration between the control system and operator interface to improve programming efficiency and runtime performance. The new Studio 5000 Application Code Manager speeds system development by helping users build libraries of re-usable code that can be managed and deployed across their entire enterprise. Creating projects with Application Code Manager helps improve design consistency, reduce engineering costs, and achieve faster time-to-market and commissioning.
Developers have updated the Studio 5000 environment with enhanced security and localized batch control. New security features include more user-authentication and access-control options, and a new privilege escalation capability. These features help improve productivity and system uptime by granting users the right level of access at the right time. Localized batch control allows controller-based batch sequencing and eventing to simplify system architecture for single-unit control and process skids. — Rockwell Automation, www.ra.rockwell.com