Studio 5000 Logix Designer Overview

Learn Logix Part 3.0. This article gives an overview of the Studio 5000 Logix Designer application, which is the development environment for the Logix 5000 platform, and introduces the most important components in a 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 learned about the CompactLogix communication modules and their features. 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 get an overview of Studio 5000 Logix Designer, the development environment for Logix 5000 systems, and learn about the most important parts of Studio 5000 Logix Designer.

The Studio 5000 Logix Designer application is the development environment for Logix 5000 systems. This application is used to configure, program, and maintain all Logix 5000 systems.

With the Studio 5000 Logix Designer application, you can;

  • Create Studio 5000 Logix Designer projects
  • Configure Logix 5000 modules such as I/O modules, communication modules, and motion modules
  • Write and monitor Logix 5000 applications
  • Upload and download to Logix 5000 controllers and modules

In this lesson, we’ll take a tour of the Studio 5000 Logix Designer interface to learn about the most parts of Studio 5000 Logix Designer.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer

Splash Screen

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Splash Screen

When you launch Studio 5000 Logix Designer on your machine, the first thing you see is the Studio 5000 Logix Designer splash screen.

From this splash screen, you can use the various buttons to;

  • Create a new Studio 5000 project (Create > New Project)
  • Browse your computer for an existing project (Open > Existing Project)
  • Open recently access projects (Recent Projects)

You can do more from the splash screen such as opening sample projects or accessing the help system, but the three actions listed above are the most commonly used.

After opening a project, the splash screen is closed and the project is opened. Let’s look at the main components of a Studio 5000 Logix Designer project.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Controller Organizer

Studio 5000 Logix Designer | Controller Organizer

The pane on the left of a Studio 5000 Logix Designer project is called the Controller Organizer.

This pane organizes the entire project into a hierarchical tree structure. The components are ordered in order of execution within the software-generated folders.

The Controller Organizer functions similarly to the Windows Explorer on your machine and provides quick access to all of the components in the project.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Logical Organizer

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Logical Organizer

The other tab in the left pane of a Studio 5000 Logix Designer project is the Logical Organizer.

The Logical Organizer is similar to the Controller Organizer in that it is a hierarchical tree structure that organizes the tags and code of a project.

The difference between the Logical Organizer and the Controller Organizer is that the Logical Organizer organizes the project’s components in logical groupings within user-defined folders. This means that the Logical Organizer can organizer components independently of their execution order.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Routine Editor

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Routine Editor

The Routine Editor is used to view and edit opened routines.

This is the area in Studio 5000 Logix Designer where you actually write code for the project.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Tags Window

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Tags Window

The Tags Window is used to view and edit the currently opened tag collection.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Output Window

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Output Window

The Output Window is made up of three tabs. Each tab has a specific function. The tabs available here are;

Errors Tab

The Errors Tab lists any errors or warnings that are discovered during project verification.

Any error or warning shown in the Error Tab can be clicked to navigate directly to the part of the project causing the error or warning.

Search Tab

The Search Tab lists the result of a project search.

Watch Tab

The Watch Tab is an area where a Studio 5000 Logix Designer user can monitor data. By default, the Watch Tab displays the data of the currently opened routine but it can also be used to monitor a customized data set.

Each of these tabs can also be opened from the View menu in Studio 5000 Logix Designer.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Online Bar

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Online Bar

The Online Bar is a toolbar that displays operating information about a controller with an online connection.

Through the Online Bar, you can change the operating mode of the controller.

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Online Bar

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project | Quick View Pane

The Quick View Pane provides context-specific summary information about the component currently selected in the Controller Organizer or Logical Organizer.

Conclusion

In this article, we learned about the most important components in a Studio 5000 Logix Designer project.

In the next part of the series, we will learn how to create and navigate a Studio 5000 project and look at the components available to organize code in a Studio 5000 Logix Designer project. 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, Creating a Studio 5000 Logix Designer Project, here. 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.

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