On September 30, 2020, Rockwell Automation released Studio 5000 Logix Designer version thirty-three.

As I tend to do with each incoming version, I downloaded the “Release Notes” and Software to check it out.

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This always brings back memories of receiving a box of floppy disks from Rockwell so I could install version seven of RSLogix 5000, what seems, only a few years ago.

Hopefully this article will highlight some of the features that may be of use to you if you are planning to use v33 in the near future.

Operating Systems:

Preferred operating systems are Windows 10 Professional (64-bit), Windows Server 2016 Standard (64-bit), and Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (64-bit).

The software is expected to run and operate correctly (not tested) on other versions of Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite Software:

As with other versions, check the software requirements for other Rockwell Software products that will be installed to be sure that those products are compatible with the prerequisite software installations with Studio v33.

I have found in more than one instance where Factory Talk Services Platform v6.20 is not compatible with other earlier software packages, so this is an important consideration before adding this to

Prerequisite Software Includes:

  • Factory Talk Services Platform v6.20
  • Factory Talk Activation Manager v4.04
  • Factory Talk Linx v6.20
  • RSLinx Classic v4.20
  • Factory Talk View SE & FLEX Ex communication software are required for full alarming capabilities

Support for Redundancy in 5580 Standard Controllers

This architecture consists of identical controllers and chassis as has been in previous versions.

You can choose to enable redundancy when configuring the project, and you can utilize up to seven communication modules (ControlNet or EtherNet/IP) in each redundant chassis.

As I understand it, with this implementation there is no separate firmware for the controller if redundancy is needed.

Note that with previous versions of ControlLogix redundancy, after a new version of the software release, you still had to wait for the updated redundancy firmware to come out before you could use the feature. This would typically take six additional months, and the redundancy firmware revisions would end in .5 or .6 (Author & Ed.)

Note that there are several features Not supported with redundancy enabled:

  • License source control
  • On-board Controller EtherNet/IP port
  • Event Tasks
  • Inhibited Tasks
  • Motion Groups, Axes, and Coordinate Systems
  • Unicast Connections
  • Controller Web Page

Version 33 Features & Enhancements:       


If you are using PlantPAx, then you will see many enhancements in the capabilities of the 5380P and 5580P p-controllers.

Using P-controllers, you will have a Plant Pax tab in the controller properties to configure the PlantPAx Tasking Model and Instruction Usage parameters.

You will also have built-in instructions to monitor and processes digital and analog inputs and outputs for controlling devices.

The instruction usage feature shows a table of each instruction type used that can export to an L5K file in CSV format.

HART Integration

The PAO and PAH instructions provide HART Dynamic Variables such as:

  • PV
  • SV
  • TV
  • QV
  • Analog Range
  • Units of measure
  • Device Info
  • Device Status
  • Diagnostic Messages
  • Field Device Status

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Automatic Diagnostics

  • Provide device description conditions and state events to HMIs and other clients with zero programming
  • System level feature in CompactLogix 5380/5480, ControlLogix 5580, Compact GuardLogix 5380 and GuardLogix 5580

Controller Web Page

  • Controller web page was designed to track controller, network and backplane performance
  • Not supported if using redundancy

Extended Properties to Alarm Messages and Add-On Instructions

  • Extended properties to a message or AOI makes values in the properties available to some Rockwell Automation HMI’s.
  • Extended properties can be added to both instruction-based alarm messages and tag-based alarm messages

Additional Function Block Functions and 64-bit data type instruction support

Sixteen new functions for advanced math instructions, math conversion instructions and trigonometry instructions.

Also extends support for twenty-four more instructions which were introduced in version thirty-two.

New Devices Supported:

The list of newly supported devices is extensive, but here is a very abbreviated list of some devices to take note of:

  • Stratix 5800 – Gigabit EtherNet Stratix Integration
  • 1756-EN4TR – 10/100/1000 EtherNet, dual port,
  • Profibus Modules by Prosoft
  • Flex 5000 I/O Modules
  • ArmorStart Starters
  • Kinetix 5300 Drives
  • Powerflex 755 Drives with embedded EtherNet
  • Medium voltage Smart Motor Controllers

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For full Release Notes, follow this link:


While I couldn’t go through everything in this blog, these are the basic features and requirements that stood out to me.

I hope this gives you a heads up as to what awaits you with the newest release.

Written by Brandon Cooper
Senior Controls Engineer and Freelance Writer

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  1. Thank you Brandon for the detail explanation. I just downloaded it from Rockwell and installed on my company laptop of Windows 10 Enterprise Intel i7-4600M for test purpose.

    As you said, I had the problem stuck at 4% of the installation at FactoryTalk Service Platform 6.20.00.

    I even installed individually for this software but still failed. Do not know what is wrong over there.

  2. I’ve got the same issue. First time installer made it to 10%. Subsequent tries just sit at 0%. I let is sit for 12 hours hoping it would eventually move.


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