Creating a Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project

Learn Logix Part 3.1. In this article, we learn how to create a Studio 5000 Logix Designer project and look at some of the default components included in a new Studio 5000 Logix Designer project.

Learn Logix is a series of articles designed to teach you everything you need to know to work with Rockwell Automation’s Studio 5000 Logix Designer and the Logix 5000 series of PLCs.

In the last part of the series, we got an overview of Studio 5000 Logix Designer and learned about the most important parts of the interface. You can find that part here or if you’re new to the series, you can find all of the previous parts here.

In this part of the series, we’ll learn how to create a new Studio 5000 Logix Designer project and look at some of the default components that are included in a new project.

As discussed previously, Studio 5000 Logix Designer is the development environment for Logix 5000 systems. You will create, configure, and program your Logix 5000 system in a Studio 5000 Logix Designer application project. Later, you will use your Studio 5000 Logix Designer project to monitor and troubleshoot your Logix 5000 system.

In this part of the series, we will learn how to create a Studio 5000 Logix Designer and look at the default components that are added to a new Studio 5000 Logix Designer project.

Creating a Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project

To create a Studio 5000 Logix Designer project, launch the Studio 5000 Logix designer.

When the splash screen appears, click on New Project under the Create subheading.

Click on New Project under the Create subheading

The New Project window opens. In this window, select Logix as the type of project to create, since we want to create a Logix 5000 project.

Choose the type of controller to add to your project, and specify the name and storage location of your project. Your Studio 5000 Logix Designer project will be created at this location with your project’s name and the Studio 5000 Logix Designer extension, .acd.

When the information is correct, click Next.

Fill in your project’s details including control type, name, and storage location

In the next screen, select the correct firmware revision for the controller, the size of the chassis, and the slot where the controller is located.

On this screen, you can configure additional options for redundancy and application protection using FactoryTalk Security. These are advanced features that will be covered in a future article.

When these options are configured correctly, click Finish to create your Studio 5000 Logix Designer project.

Specify the firmware revision, chassis size, and controller location

When your project is created, the project is automatically opened and Studio 5000 Logix Designer switches to the project view.

Studio 5000 creates the new project and automatically switches to the project view

Default Components

If you explore your new Studio 5000 Logix Designer project using the Controller Organizer, you will see that under the Tasks folder, some components have been automatically created for you.

These are the MainTask, MainProgram, and MainRoutine. In the next parts of the series, we will look in detail at what tasks, programs, and routines are and what they are used for.

Conclusion

In this article, we learned how to create a new Studio 5000 Logix Designer project and looked at some of the default components that are included in a new Studio 5000 Logix Designer project.

In the next part of the series, we will learn about tasks in Studio 5000 Logix Designer including what tasks are and what types of tasks are available to use in Studio 5000 Logix Designer projects. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the mailing list below to be notified when the next part is available.

Update: You can find the next part of the Learn Logix series, Tasks in a Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project, here. In this article, we learn about tasks in a Studio 5000 Logix Designer project, the types of tasks available to use, and how to create and modify tasks in Studio 5000 Logix Designer projects.

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