What's New in Logix, AF 2016

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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 Blogger and Trainer
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Comments:
  1. It will be interesting to see the 5480 PC interface and whether it will be cost effective. We currently use a small Linux embedded computer as a data acquisition server that is mounted on a DIN rail in the control box. This feature is inexpensive, but if the 5480 isn't priced too high, perhaps this can replace the need of an extra component.
    The MOXA 8131has been a very solid device for us since it came out a couple of years ago. It has a serial connection and dual Ethernet ports. We use it for capturing prints from processors that either use serial or socket messaging. These cycle reports are then stored as PDF files using Libharu. We also use it as a web server (apache2) and print server (CUPS).
    http://www.moxa.com/product/UC-8100.htm
    The Raspberry Pi is a very nice and very inexpensive device but the MOXA 8100 series is perfect for customers that require industrial specifications.
    http://raspberrypi.org
    The past repeats itself. Anyone remember Pyramid Integrator? PLC-5 and DEC VAX computer in one admittedly bulky package. I gather there was uptake by some companies, but not enough to really keep it alive.
    The whole concept is pretty niche: You might save a little space and power, but there are several issues with which to contend:
    If I have separate boxes, I can upgrade one without touching the other.
    Industrial PCs will always improve faster than Rockwell will improve PC part of 5480.
    Will PC-PLC link across backplane outperform 100Mbps Ethernet, which is how you currently connect a PC to a ControlLogix?
    How much $$$$ will Rockwell want for this "optimized solution" versus what it currently costs using ControlLogix and IPC?
    Hey , great to hear from you! Hope all is well 🙂
    And yes - I do remember the PI and actually have a rack and chassis on the shelf here 😀
    So yeah, I have to agree it does seem pretty niche, and going with an external PC will likely always be cheaper (although we have no prices yet)
    However I wasn't expecting part of the deal to be the 5480 ran 40x faster! That's a huge speed bump.
    I'm also of the understanding that the OS / 5480 integration is lighting fast, and allows for calling of PC code directly from 5480.
    But again, I'm with you as I'm not seeing a ton of applications, but that is all dependant on the price of the 5480...
    Sincerely,
    Shawn Tierney, The Automation Blog