Updated Studio 5000 Software Boosts Security

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 10:12 AM gHale

The latest release of the Studio 5000 integrated development environment from Rockwell Automation can help get smart machines to market faster with enhanced security.

The software includes new digital design capabilities to reduce machine design, testing and commissioning times. It also introduces critical infrastructure protection (CIP) Security support to bring security technologies into the automation space.

To accelerate design projects, the Studio 5000 Logix Designer application now uses an AutomationML open data exchange. This allows the application to exchange data with engineering tools. Now, engineers can design their system once and import that design data between tools, saving hours of rewriting and remapping work per project.

Also, a new simulation interface product uses the Functional Mock-Up Interface (FMI) standard to allow data exchange with modeling software. Engineers can use this to virtually test machines and resolve issues before commissioning, potentially reducing on-site delivery times from weeks to days.

Other improvements that the latest Studio 5000 software release can deliver include:
• Enhanced Defense-in-Depth Security: The Studio 5000 software will allow companies to use CIP Security to better protect their industrial communications with authenticity, integrity and confidentiality. The FactoryTalk Policy Manager tool, available in early 2019, will allow administrators to centrally manage secure communications policies within the Studio 5000 environment in compatible hardware. This will allow a CIP securable device to defend itself against a network or communications attack.
• Enhanced Usability: New support for 64-bit math in the Studio 5000 software can help engineers be more precise in their calculations and, therefore, their applications. New enhancements to Logix tag-based alarms, such as new instructions and greater alarm visibility, can also help end users optimize productivity by more quickly identifying and troubleshooting problems during production.
• Library-Based Time Savings: New library links in the Studio 5000 Application Code Manager tool allow for the auto-creation of parent-child objects in design projects. For example, an engineer can use this feature to quickly create a tank and its associated valves all at once, instead of creating all tank and valve objects individually. Library artifacts also allow engineers to add more content to library objects, such as user documentation. This can help machine designers create more efficient and consistent projects.



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