Free Allen-Bradley (A-B) Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) Software

Where to download free Allen-Bradley (A-B) Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Software:

Drives ToolsFree Drive Tools download

The Rockwell Software downloads website, which host’s many legacy software downloads, is where the below link to download Drives Tools comes from:

Free Drive Tools Download Link

Drives ExplorerFree Drive Explorer Full Edition download

From the Allen-Bradley Drives Explorer page here you can download a free copy of Drive Explorer Full, used for programming most of A-B’s VFD’s prior to the PowerFlex 525.

In the past, Rockwell only offered Drive Explorer Lite for free, but with the release of CCW Rockwell has ended support for Drive Explorer and posted the full version as freeware on it’s website.

Drive Explorer Webpage (with link to free download)

Connected Components WorkbenchFree Connected Components Workbench (CCW) download

CCW is free programming software for the Micro800 family of programmable controllers, the PanelView Component HMI, as well as for Allen-Bradley PowerFlex drives. In fact, its the only VFD software which supports Rockwell’s new PowerFlex 523 and 525 (as well as the rest of the PowerFlex line)

Version 6.1 has so many new features that I highly recommend upgrading to it. As CCW requires a fairly current version of RSLinx and ControlFlash, both are included in this large download.

You can also obtain this software on DVD via an online form here, or from most Rockwell Automation and RA Authorized Distributor offices.

Rockwell Download Center search for Connected Components Workbench

I hope the above links to download free software to program Allen-Bradley drives is helpful. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave them with us by using the “Leave a reply” form at the bottom of this page.


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