Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis., enhanced the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 integrated development environment to include expanded integration with engineering tools, pre-developed application content to replace custom code and new features to help enhance security.

The Studio 5000 Architect application can now collaboratively exchange data with engineering tools, such as EPLAN and AutoCAD. This bidirectional data transfer helps improve startup time by reducing the need for engineers to manually re-enter control data from engineering tools into the Studio 5000 software.

Rockwell Automation also added pre-developed application content that engineers can use instead of creating custom code to save time and more easily standardize systems. Content will initially include the Rockwell Automation library of process objects and machine builder libraries of control code, HMI faceplates, alarms, events and historian tags.  

To help enhance security, Rockwell Automation added license-based content protection, which helps manufacturers protect the design and execution of their Logix content by limiting who can view or edit object source code. It also restricts code duplication in unauthorized machines. For OEMs, this helps reduce the risk of users copying code onto a machine they did not build. 

Because Logix controllers can now self-audit system changes, users can review a secure log of those changes within the Studio 5000 Logix Designer application.

The Studio 5000 View Designer application also features a new add-on graphics capability that helps simplify the configuration process. Users can create their own reusable graphics, and easily configure and link them to custom Logix data types and add-on instructions. In addition, the Studio 5000 View Designer application now includes multi-language support, so users can switch languages on their operator terminals.

The added virtual design capabilities include the new Studio 5000 Logix Emulate application, where engineers can validate, test and optimize application code independent of physical hardware. The Studio 5000 Logix Emulate application can also connect to third-party simulation and operator training systems, so users can simulate an entire process and train teams in a safer, virtual environment.

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