Rockwell Automation (www.rockwellautomation.com) has added over 30 new capabilities to its RSLogix 5000 configuration and design software to give users complete functionality for multi-disciplined control systems. With new features, including high-integrity add-on instructions (“AOIs”) and integrated motion on EtherNet/IP, the RSLogix 5000 can help manufacturers save engineering time and give them a higher level of design flexibility.
For the first time, manufacturers can access all the benefits and features of an integrated motion solution using the latest version of the RSLogix 5000 software for maintaining, commissioning, programming and configuring high-performance drives, smart actuators, I/O and other devices in one EtherNet/IP network. Manufacturers should avoid using dedicated motion network to enjoy the simplified synchronization of drives and controllers and help them lower system costs to improved system performance.
The RSLogix 5000 now have new AOIs for safety and standard controllers. Machine users can use it to help maintain instruction and consistency definition revision control, protect their intellectual property, and fulfill regulatory requirements.
By allowing “one to one” transmission of EtherNet/IP I/O data, RSLogix 5000’s Users can now reduce inefficiencies in IT and networking requirements. Moreover, tag communications consumed and produced by EtherNet/IP can span multiple subnets.
The updated RSLogix 5000 help machine users avoid potential harm to products, processes or machinery by protecting it against inadvertent data changes. Also, new capabilities speed up and simplify HMI creation by reducing the number of visible tags while browsing it from the HMI development environment.
One of the key enhancements of the RSLogix 5000 is the DF1 radio modem protocol broadcast support for reducing power consumption and support for other new Rockwell Automation products. Examples of these new products are the Allen-Bradley ArmorPOINT sequence of events module, the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6500 EtherNet/IP servo drive, the Allen-Bradley Compact GuardLogix L43S and L45S PACs, and the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix L73 and L75 programmable automation controllers (“PACs”).