Connected Components Workbench (CCW) version 9 is out and in today's article we'll take a look at what's new and different in this release:

UPDATE:

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Micro800 Features

  • Micro800 Bit Shift array element support

Bit Shift Instructions are supported by Micro820Micro830, and Micro850 controllers and are used to shift a bit in an array element to the right or left and include the BSL and BSR

Used to import additional 2085 Expansion I/O module profiles into Connected Components Workbench projects.

The “Setup Connection Path” dialog is used to setup the online connection path for Micro800 controllers, making it no longer necessary to continually have to select the connection path when downloading or uploading.

  • Micro800 Upload project without updating controller module config

Micro800 Upload has been updated so it's no longer the same as Discover.

Upload now only uploads the downloaded project, and only requires that the controller catalog in the project matches the online controller.

You can use Upload to upload projects without changing the project’s Plug-in and Expansion I/O module config.

The Micro820 and Micro850 controllers now support new Socket Instructions allowing full duplex Ethernet communication with remote devices which do not support Modbus TCP or Ethernet/IP.

The new Socket instructions include: SOCKET_ACCEPT, SOCKET_DELETEALL, SOCKET_READ, SOCKET_CREATE, SOCKET_INFO, SOCKET_WRITE, SOCKET_DELETE, and SOCKET_OPEN.

The new Unused Variable Browser is used to view user-defined variables that are currently unused in a Micro800 controller program.

  • New Toolbar Icons

The toolbar has new icons which include Run Mode Change, Test changes, Accept changes, Discard unaccepted changes, Connect, Disconnect, Connected, Disconnected, Build, Download, and Upload.

PanelView800 Features

  • PanelView 800 Tag Browser

The Micro800 Cross Reference Browser was enhanced to include PanelView 800 tags which are listed as variables.

With PanelView 800 firmware release 3.011, support for connectivity to CompactLogix 5370 L1 controllers has been added and can be used by setting the communications configuration protocol to Ethernet | Allen-Bradley CompactLogix.

  • 440C-CR30 – Enhancements

The Guardmaster 440C-CR30 Safety Relay workspace has several enhancements and requires firmware revision 10 which is included.

Learn about other releases:

Check out our coverage of other releases of CCW below:

Find out more:

For all the details about CCW version 9, search Rockwell's “versions” webpage for Connected Components Workbench, and then select the PDF icon under version 9 to open this versions release notes: (below you can see the link for v10 and 11 release notes:)


So, what do you think of version 10?

Like the fact that more and more features from RSLogix have been added? Or just happy to now have Windows 10 support?

If you have an opinion, feel free to share it with us using the “post a comment or question” link at the bottom of this page.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger

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