This past Thursday Rockwell issued a formal press release regarding their new CompactLogix 5380 controller.

5380In it, they focused on the new controller's enhanced capacity, claiming an increase in capacity of up to twenty percent over previous models.

They also positioned the 5380 as an ideal product to use for applications with up to 20 axes of motion, and touted it's high speed I/O capabilities when paired with their new 5069 line of I/O modules.

Rockwell expects customers using the new 5380 controller with their 5069 I/O to see response times as fast as .2 milliseconds, as well as near instantaneous task execution using I/O based event triggers.

Rockwell then summed up its new product in the following quote:

This new controller is particularly helpful for high-speed packaging applications where fast response times are critical for keeping production running smoothly,” said Dexter Leong, product manager, Rockwell Automation. “Features like scheduled outputs and event triggers, which are new to the CompactLogix family, allow engineers to design compact machines that achieve higher accuracy and precision.”

5380In addition to high speed I/O and increased capacity, the 5380 controller also features “configurable” dual gigabit Ethernet ports, supporting either DLR or unique IP addresses per port.

I know from personal experience that the ability to assign a unique IP address to each Ethernet port is one of the most requested features CompactLogix customers have been asking for.

And unlike 5370 controllers, the 5380 series have an integrated power supply and locally support 5069 I/O.

To read Rockwell's full press release, click on the below link:

And if you're using, or plan to use, the new 5380 controller we'd love to hear from you!

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Shawn began programming as a pre-teen in the early 80's, and later earned a degree in Electronics. He worked for 25 years as Automation Specialist, passionately sharing tech tips via his newsletter, then his BBS, before launching his first website in 1999. In 2013 he relaunched his website as TheAutomationBlog.com, and now teaches full time at TheAutomationSchool.com
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  1. Will be nice to have a CompactLogix with dual ethernet that is on separate networks to appease the customers that still require physically separated networks without using a L4x or unnecessarily upgrade to a ControlLogix.

    • So true Jeff!

      Wish they could go back and add that to the 5370 as well.

      PS – I’m hearing that feature is not actually out until July even though it’s in the press release?

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