In today's article I walk you through how to find, download, install, use, and update Rockwell's free Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) software.
1) Start by navigating your web browser to www.ab.com:
3) From the search results select “Product Selection and Configuration”:
Once it completely downloads, open and run it:
8) After the prerequisites install, you'll need to step through a few more pages to accept the license agreement, choose a locale, choose a language, enter you name and company, and choose an install directory:
9) Then you'll need to choose which Toolbox software packages you want to install. Check to be sure “Integrated Architecture Builder” is checked, and then select “Next”:
11) Once IAB finishes installing, go ahead and launch it. When it opens it should look something like this:
12) IAB includes many different Wizards to assist you in creating a system, but if you'd like to quickly create a system from scratch, first select “File” and “New” from the menu:
13) Next, select “Blank” from the list on the left, give your workspace a name on the right, and then click on OK:
15) Here you select a hardware platform from the list on the left, then make any required selections to the right before clicking on OK.
Note: Below I chose “ControlLogix” and a chassis size of “17”:
16) Once your new workspace loads, you'll see the hardware you selected in the previous step. You'll also see a list of hardware directly below it:
17) In this example, to add 1756 modules to my 1756 chassis, I simply find those modules in the hardware list below, and then drag them to the chassis slot I want to put them in.
18) If you can't find a new or current product in the list, you'll likely need to update IAB to gain access to those products.
To get an updated version, first close IAB, then run Rockwell's “Current Program Updater” and click on “Check For Updates”:
19) Once the Current Updater is done checking for updates, the product list will be updated to show which of your installed PST software has updates available.
You'll also have the option to choose which of the available updates you'd like to download and install:
20) After you've selected the packages you'd like to update, click on the “Get Selected Updates” button, and you updates will be downloaded and installed.
To watch a video of the above, check out Episode 50 of The Automation Minute Season Four below:
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