Earlier this month Rockwell released version 31 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer.

Below I'll summarize the new features as documented in the release notes, and I hope to cover some of these new features in more depth in the coming weeks:

New Features:

  • Studio 5000 Logix Designer Splash FISecurity toolbar and Lock-all component locking for 5×80 controllers
  • CIP Energy object-backed tags added for 5×80 controllers
  • New IEC-61800-5-2 Drive safety instructions, including Safe Feedback Scaling, Safe Stop 1, Safe Stop 2, Safe Operating Stop, Safely-limited Speed, Safely-limited Position, Safe Direction, and Safe Brake Control with external brake
  • New Kinematics Motion instructions including Motion Coordinated Transform with Orientation, Motion Calculate Transform Position with Orientation, and Motion Coordinated Path Move
  • Increased Kinematics support includes 6 axis linear interpolation, 3-5 axis Delta geometry support, and Tool Center Point (TCP) programming with dynamic tool offsets
  • New License Validation instruction to verify if a non-expired Routine or AOI license is present
  • New FactoryTalk Linx Network Browser adds the ability to add or change the Ethernet driver and configuration within browser
  • New SIL/PL options for Safety Controllers to determine if project is SIL2/PLd or SIL3/PLe (i.e. the absence or presence of a safety partner)
  • Studio 5000 Help now delivered in HTML and opens in the default browser

Enhanced features

  • Newly improved interface increases editing space, updates icons and images, and adds more consistent of workflows.
  • Windows now tabbed, undockable, and support for multiple monitors with zoom and bookmark functionality added to each editor
  • Structured Text editor updated to add outlining, smart indentation, collapsible segments, as well as code snippets and completion prompts
  • Function Block editor updated to default sheet size to 11″ by 17″ (changeable online,) as well as Forcing I/O tags from the context menu and modifying operand values directly
  • Updated Data Type, User-Defined Data Type Tag Editor, and Add-On Instruction Tag Editors
  • Online Bar and Communications menu updated, added selection for default communication network browser
  • 32-byte Safety Signature for Compact GuardLogix 5380, and GuardLogix 5580 Controllers
  • Various additional Motion and 5×80 enhancements

For a complete list of New Features, New Products supported, and Anomalies, see the official product release notes.


Find out more about Logix Designer v31

If you would like to view the FactoryTalk View Site Edition 10.0 release notes, head over to Rockwell's Product Versions webpage and search on and then select FactoryTalk View.

Once all the versions are listed, click on the document icon as shown below:


If you'd like to listen to a discussion of the above, check out Episode 42 of The Automation Podcast below:



So, what do you think of the new features in Studio 5000 Logix Designer v31?

Will you jump in and install v31 right away because of the added features or hardware support?

You can share your thoughts and opinions by clicking on the “post a comment or question” link below.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger

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