What’s New in Studio 5000 v35?

An overview of the new features and functions available in Rockwell Automation's Studio 5000 version 35

Studio 5000 is Rockwell Automation’s Modular Engineering Framework for Logix 5000 control systems including CompactLogix and ControlLogix PLCs.

In this post, I will take you through the features and improvements that are available in version 35 of Studio 5000 including, but not limited to:

  • UI Improvements,
  • New Axis Test Mode for testing motion axes,
  • Improvements in FactoryTalk Logix Echo v2,
  • A first look at the Logix Designer SDK

Let’s get started.

1. Updated Device Profile Configuration

As of Studio 5000 Logix Designer version 35, the user interface for module configuration dialog boxes has been rebuilt using modern, web-based technologies. It’s important to note that this is not just an aesthetic change — the technology behind the dialog boxes has been updated to provide an improved user experience.

As a reminder, here is what the old module configuration dialog box looked like:

Old AOP Configuration Dialog Box

And here is what the updated module configuration dialog box looks like:

New AOP Configuration Dialog Box

So what are the advantages of module configuration components built on web technologies?

Runs Anywhere

Since the new module configuration components  are built with web-technologies, they can run almost anywhere.

This means that you can use these components as an integrated part of Studio 5000 or they can be used as standalone components running in a web browser.

Regardless of where you configure your modules, you will have the exact same user experience because you are using the exact same component.

Cross Platform

Web technologies are supported by all platforms, so you are no longer restricted to doing your module configuration on a Windows machine.

Thanks to this update, you could use the web-based configuration component to configure modules on a Window laptop, Android phone, or Apple tablet.

Improved Aesthetics

Automation tools should look and feel like modern tools to help attract more people from traditional software development backgrounds. With this change, Rockwell Automation has made an essential component of Studio 5000 feel like a “tech” tool.

Wrap Up

In this post, I have introduced the new features available in Studio 5000 version 35.

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