What's New in Connected Components Workbench 12

Earlier this week Rockwell released version 12 of Connected Components Workbench.

Below I'll summarize the new features as documented in the release notes:

New CCW Features:

  • Support for new products including the Micro870 with AC Inputs, Spectrum Controls MicroSD plug-in module (2080-SDMEMRTC-SC,) and new Electronic Overload Relay (193-E200-PCM)
  • Support for FactoryTalk Linx in addition to RSLinx Classic
  • Trending of Micro800 variables as well as PowerFlex drive parameters added

New Micro800 Features:

  • New Micro850 simulator added (Standard Edition simulator only runs for a short time in order to demo feature.)
  • Micro870 support for customizable module scan interval
  • New instructions including SCL (scale), COM_IO_WDOG (external comms watchdog), AFI (always false), and NOP (no operation.)
  • Disable/Enable Modbus TCP server
  • Feature Pack v11 integration, including Copy/Paste of ladder logic between CCW, Studio 5000, and RSLogix 500.

New PV800 Features:

  • Integrated v11 Feature Pack
  • Can now start applications from PC after download
  • Simple object animation (size and screen location)
  • Auto-updating tag names based on controller tag name

Enhanced features:

  • Data Log/Recipe features now available for Micro830, 850, and 870 (see Spectrum module above) including export and import

Functional changes:

  • When you open a project from an older version of CCW, the software will now automatically create a backup of the older project prior to upgrading the project.
  • You can now choose not to download Micro800 source code when you download your project.  Doing so speeds up building and downloading, however it also disables the ability to go online with the controller (unless the project is already open in CCW.) It also disables uploading and discovering the controller.
  • With the addition of several new instructions, additional reserved words have also been added in v12. Older programs using those reserved words will no longer build in v12 until the reserved words are no longer used.

Find out more:

If you would like to view the Connected Components Workbench 12.0 release notes, head over to Rockwell's Product Versions webpage and search on Connected Components Workbench.

From the resulting list, under Connected Components Workbench select “Versions,” and then from the versions page click on the “PDF Document” icon under version 12.00.00:

So, what do you think of the new features of Connected Components Workbench 12?

Will you jump in and install v12 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.


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Forum Comments:
  1. thanks for CCW.v12 info,
    several new functions needed for projects,
    but do suggest review Release Notes.
    verify CPR9-SR11 & newer software versions functions and how to deal with changes.
    CCW-v12 will update RSLinx to v4.11
    Functional changes
    RSLinx Classic version 4.11.00 has the following changes in functionality since the last release.
    Ethernet Port Listening
    RSLinx Classic version 4.00.01 or earlier allocated EtherNet/IP port (44818) to enable RSLinx Classic to support unsolicited messaging. RSLinx Classic versions 4.10.00 was modified to NOT allocate the port to reduce the likelihood that FactoryTalk Linx will experience a conflict because version 6.10.00 of FactoryTalk Linx now defaults to use this port.
    Good morning @bhosay,
    Thanks for your comments and totally agree - always a good idea to read the release notes! Link and instructions on how to get them are included at the bottom of my original article which is linked to in first post.
    To work around issues which may arise from forced upgrades that come along with CCW 12, I created a clone of my VM image BEFORE installing it as I can't afford the downtime due to known or unknown software bugs 🙁
    Highly recommend every do the same - the time you'll save if something goes wrong is worth every penny/minute!
    Shawn Tierney,
    Instructor at The Automation School

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