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!

Until next time, Peace ✌️ 

Shawn M Tierney
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    • Good afternoon Scott,
      Rockwell states View Designer is included with all Studio 5000 packages version 27 and greater, except for the low cost Service Edition.
      So, if you ordered Studio 5000 once v27 or later was shipping you would also get View Designer in the box / on the DVD.
      Or if your Studio 5000 was in support when 27 or later came out, you are entitled to View Designer which can be downloaded separately on Rockwell’s website.
      Hope this helps,
      Shawn Tierney

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  1. I have just set up a new 1756-L85E, after a while of clearing errors and deleting and re-adding all of my drives the thing was up and running. It is lightening fast in comparison to the 1756-L73 that it replaced. The day after I got it up and running we had a power fault and the PLC lost its program, why do these things always happen in the middle of the night. If I had read the release notes in detail I would have found out that this is a known issue. After reloading the program its been ok for the past 2 weeks.

    • Good morning Barry,
      Thank you very much for your feedback on the 1756-L85E!
      I’m assuming you had to re-add your drives as your were moving them from a slot based Ethernet module to the integrated one?
      Thanks again,
      Shawn Tierney

      • Hi Shawn,
        My drives are still located on the 1756-EN2T. I decided to keep 3 Ethernet interfaces, one for programming, one for PLC, MES, SCADA, Historian comms and the other for Drives and I/O.
        Despite the 1756-L85E gigabit throughput, I have different IP ranges for each network card so it would have been many hours of work to change this for little gain.

  2. We keep encountering fatal errors when loading any of the Predefined data types on Logix Designer 5000 v28. This is the error it throws..
    Fatal Error!
    Application Path: C:Program FilesRockwell SoftwareStudio 5000Logix DesignerENUv28BinLogixDesigner.exe
    Elapsed execution time: 1 minute & 12 seconds
    Version: V28.00.00 (Release)
    Location: 0xffffffffffffffff+-1
    OS Version: Windows 7 32-bit ( – Build 7600)
    Thread Id: 00000ed0 (3792)
    Error 0xe0434352 (-532462766)
    0xe0434352 – No message available for error.


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