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Emulation software tests controls before they are deployed

22 July, 2021

Rockwell Automation has released emulation software for its ControlLogix 5580 family of controllers which allows engineers to test control code in a virtual environment before deploying the hardware. It says that the FactoryTalk Logix Echo controller software will save time and costs for machine designers, optimise machine performance, and reduce time-to-market.

The software supports up to 17 emulated controllers, allowing it to emulate a machine, production line or even an entire plant. The emulated controllers can also be paired with other software. For example, by connecting an emulated controller to a mechanical system model via the Rockwell’s Emulate3D digital twin software, users can perform tests without needing to deploy physical equipment.

And by connecting an emulated controller to training simulator software, operators can be trained on new machines and learn real-time responses before the machines arrive on site.

The new software is said to be easier to use than existing emulation software. For example, no program changes are needed to switch between the design and emulation functions.

Rockwell’s software allows engineers to emulate machines, production lines or complete factories

The FactoryTalk Logix Echo software is the latest addition to Rockwell’s FactoryTalk DesignSuite portfolio which brings engineering and design elements together into a standard framework, allowing engineers to use the same tools, language, and resources to build or modify their systems.

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