One of the Automation Fair Technical Sessions I attended this morning was “What's New in Logix,” and below I'll recap what I found most interesting about this session


First up was a slide reminding us that in the past year Rockwell had released the 5380, 5370S, and L19:

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Next up was another reminder, this one about the 5380 now supporting two unique IP addresses as an alternative to the original DLR support.

As I've said in the past, I think this is going to be a very popular feature as many prefer to keep I/O and HMI/Data Collection networks separated:

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From there they moved onto ControlLogix reminders about the 5580, v24 redundancy, slim power supplies (with lower output) as well as the right angle redundant power supply cables:

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Next it was back to the 5380, with the below chart showing the new controllers and increased limits coming out with version 30 later this year:

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Now up to this point I wasn't really surprised about anything that was shown.

And I also was not surprised when the next slide came up as a few of our readers had kindly sent me the link (here) when the product was first announced:

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That said, what DID surprise me was the response the presenter gave to a couple of questions.

First, she said the CompactLogix 5480 (which is a Controller and Industrial Windows 10 PC all in one) was running View SE on the show floor, and running it well.

The second thing she said was that in the 5480 “Logix” and “Windows “share an Intel i7 processor, and that using this processor they were seeing over forty times (40x) the performance of last year's 5380 (which was already 4-20 times faster than its predecessor.)

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Not for nothing, but forty times faster than last year's already very fast processor is fast imho! I have to say I'm now really looking forward to more information about the 5480's performance as the product gets closer to release.

From there we received an I/O update. Since the slides pretty much tell the story I'll let them do the talking:

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Next we heard about DLR enhancements including new support for redundant gateways (allowing two switches to be added to the same ring) as well as the addition of a DHCP configuration table allowing the automatic assignment of IP addresses to replacement devices based on where they are physically located on the ring.

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And finally, for those looking to migrate to on-machine controls, Rockwell announced the expansion of their “Armor” product lines with new on-machine controllers, safety I/O, and I/O Link Master.

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And those are the high points of “What's New in Logix” as I see them.

If you have any questions please feel free to post them by clicking on “post a comment or question” below, and if I know the answer I'll be more than happy to reply.

If you'd like to get a copy of the complete presentation it may be available later this week on www.AutomationFair.com. If not, your local Rockwell Automation Rep or Distributor Specialist should be more than happy to send you a copy.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger

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