What you need to know about Studio 5000 version 22, 23 and 24

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Studio 5000 Logix Designer version 22

Studio5000 Logix Designer v23 and v24For only the second time in the product's history over a decade, Rockwell will not be releasing a major version of Logix programming software.

That's right, Studio 5000 version 22 will not be released to the public. Instead, it will remain an internal build.

So what's the reason? It appears to be the need to add additional “robustness” to V21, however that answer seems a little lacking in the details.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer version 23

With the version 21.00 versus 21.03 (and 20.01 versus 20.03) minor revision incompatibility still fresh in our minds (see this post and this post for more details,) and with the need to rev v21.03 to address additional concerns, Rockwell has decided to release the updated version of 21 as version 23.

The reason seems to be to allow side by support installation support of 21 and 23, something that wouldn't be possible if the update was released as 21.04. It also presumably adds the need to flash the processor to firmware release v23 as well.

What about version 20? It was said that the robustness enhancements being released in v23 will also be back ported to version 20 in a new v20.04 release later this year.


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Studio 5000 Logix Designer version 24

If you're looking for the next major release of Studio 5000 Logix Designer, perhaps the first version with enough new features to be worth investigating, then version 24 is what you're looking for.

Formerly known as version 22, v24 includes three major new features:

  • Logical Organizer View (versus current execution based view)
  • Program Parameters which replace Program Tags
  • Library ACD enhancements

Studio 5000 Release Schedule

According to company representatives at RSTechED, version 23 is due out this summer, with version 24 to follow this fall.

So, what do you think?

Questions? Comments? Corrections? Please share you thoughts with us by using the “post a comment or question” link below.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Blogger and Trainer
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Old Comment:

  1. Has Rockwell abandoned Alarms and Events? They took it out for v21 and it hasn’t reappeared. I would hate to see our investments in this area wasted without reason. Any details?

  2. Does Rockwell have any documentation on how to implement Program Parameters or even what the advantage is? It looks to me like it gives you the ability to have some form of AOI functionality without having the disadvantage of not being able to edit the logic of an AOI online. Although I’m sure it’s not exactly like that.

  3. Good afternoon Brian,

    I agree with you, Program Parameters give you a lot of the functionality of AOI’s along with online editing.

    This year Rockwell actually has a “hands-on lab” at it’s regional RAOTMs on how to use these new features, and you can download the lab book from their website using the below link:

    http://www.rockwellautomation.com/resources/downloads/rockwellautomation/pdf/events/raotm/sessions/manuals/L18-RockwellSoftware.pdf

    To see all the lab books available from this years RAOTM’s check out this link:

    http://www.rockwellautomation.com/rockwellautomation/events/raotm/session-materials.page?#/tab3

    Hope this helps,

    Shawn Tierney

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