Studio 5000 Logix Designer Splash FILast week at Automation Fair a lot of attention was given to Rockwell's new ControlLogix 5580 line.

Now it appears everything needed to build a system utilizing these new controllers is available.

First up, version 28 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer software used to program the 5580 series is now available to download for those with a current support contract, along with the release notes which are available to the public.

Next, Rockwell has also posted the 1756-L83E and 1756-L85E controller firmware and release notes on their Product Compatibility and Download Center webpage.

And finally, checking with Rockwell's distributors here in the USA I'm told the 1756-L83E is currently factory stock, and the 1756-L85E is due in on December 8th.

So what's new in Studio 5000 version 28?

NOTE: We covered the 5580 hardware details in our previous article HERE.

New System Features:
Powerflex 755
Now with 24-Bit Resolution supporting feedback devices and Servo I/O for PF 755 CIP Motion.
SequenceManager is said to add the ability to create Equipment Sequence programs, allowing a Logix Controller to run a single unit batch process.
Toolbar Build button
Specifically for use with 5×80 controllers, this button creates the compiled binary files and caches them in the project .ACD file, in order to reduce the time it takes to download the project.
Message to Self using THIS
You can now send a message to the same controller originating the message by using the word THIS in the message instruction's communication path.
Permissions and Security Enhancements
If you're using FactoryTalk Security along with your ControlLogix controllers, you'll be happy to know that Rockwell has added Permission Sets and Logical Names to identify which actions are allowed or denied, including for those related to tags, routines, AOIs, as well as for Guest Users.
Rockwell has also added secondary security authorities to allow for further restricting Guests beyond what was defined in the primary directory (allowing End Users to further restrict guests beyond what an OEM had defined.)

How about Operating System support?

According to Rockwell, version 28 supports the same operating systems as version 27.
Specifically Windows 7 Pro (64bit) SP1, Windows 7 Home Premium (32bit) SP 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard SP 1, Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 Professional (64-bit), as well as Windows Server 2012 Standard.
Unfortunately, Rockwell states that Studio 5000 Logix Designer may fail to launch on Windows 10… hopefully they'll be able to fix that issue with a patch.

For more information

For all the details about version 28, search Rockwell's “versions” webpage for Studio 5000 Logix Designer, and then select the PDF icon under version 28.xx.xx (below you can see the link for the v27 release notes:)
Studio 5000 Logix Designer v27 Release Notes Link

So, what do you think of version 28?
If you'd like to share your thoughts, you're invited to use the “post a comment or question” link below.
As far as I'm concerned, while Sequence Manager sounds interesting, since I'm unlikely to have a 5580 and Studio 5000 upgrade donated to the Blog anytime soon, I just don't see anything new that would enhance what I'm currently doing with v24.
Finally, I would like to thank Kell for letting us know that v28 was available to download – Thanks Kell!


Shawn Tierney
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Shawn began sharing automation news and know-how online in 1996 when he launched his first BBS. Then in 1999 he moved to the internet launching, which he later renamed In 2013 he moved his automation efforts to a new website,, which has since become the most popular independent industrial automation blog on the web. Today Shawn works full time teaching online courses on Programmable Controllers, HMI, and SCADA on his training website,