Welcome to part four of the nine part series covering my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell’s Automation Fair 2017.

Note: While this series covers the products in which I’m most interested, you’ll find all the new products listed in Rockwell’s guide HERE.

Connected Components Workbench R11:

Due out in February 2018, Rockwell’s “Connected Components Workbench” software is set to get a major makeover.

The goal? To provide CCW users an experience closer to that of Studio 5000 Logix Designer.

This makeover is said to be achieved through updated workflows, defaults, color schemes, and sounds that resemble their equivalents in Studio 5000.

They are also adding a new “theme” feature, so you can display instructions in either the existing IEC format, or with the instructions names used in Studio 5000.

Also included is support for copying and pasting ladder logic from RSLogix 500 and Studio 5000 directly into CCW.

This, along with new “RSLogix” like toolbars, and the ability to enter rungs of ladder using text entry, should be welcome additions for RSLogix and Studio 5000 users.

Finally, to the above interface changes, CCW R11 also aims to add hardware support for the Micro870, E200 OL Relay, 450L-E Light Curtain and PF755T drive.

If you’d like to know more check out Thomas Sugimoto’s video below:

So what do you think?

Personally, while I’ve grown attached to CCW R10 (especially FBD,) I’m curious about what this new version will look like (will it really look like Studio 5000?)

How about you?

Will you be considering CCW for the first time with release 11?

Or are you already using a previous version?

Please feel free to share your thoughts with us by clicking on the “post a comment or question” link below.

Until next time, Peace ✌️ 

Shawn M Tierney
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