Your resource for news and knowledge in the world of Industrial Automation.

In this issue:

  1. Rockwell Automation Technology
  2. Automation Partner Solutions
  3. Training & Commercial Events
  4. Services, Resources, and Design Tools

Section 1). Rockwell Automation Technology

ControlLogix® 1756 Compute Module: Add Windows 10 IoT Enterprise functionality to your ControlLogix controller.

Data is in smart devices, on machines, and across plant floors. The closer you get to the data when decisions are made, the more valuable the data becomes. You can now drive efficiency through the production process in real time, which is why Rockwell Automation has integrated compute functionality in a range of devices. This functionality allows you to get more from your machines and equipment, on the machine, where the decisions can be made. Scalable computing technology gives you the power to get closer to the data whatever your production requirement, from building a new high-performance machine to the enhancement of your capability and productivity. The ControlLogix® 1756 Compute Module is coming soon…

The Studio 5000® environment combines engineering and design elements into one standard framework that enables optimized productivity and reduced commissioning time. Version 31 brings added functionality:

–Improved structured text and Function Block Diagram (FBD) programming
–Multimonitor support
–Improved look and feel for increased productivity

With the Studio 5000 environment, you can respond more quickly to changing market and business needs, while reducing total costs of ownership, including maintenance and training.

Bulletin 450L GuardShield™ POC safety light curtains are unlike traditional safety light curtains, which are based on separate transmitter and receiver units. This next generation light curtain system features patented technology, which allows each transceiver to be used as a transmitter or receiver via an innovative plug-in module. This advanced technology greatly reduces stock and provides a flexible, cost-effective safety solution.

Bulletin 5069 CompactLogix 5480 controllers are real-time controllers with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise running in parallel to the Logix control engine. *** Scheduled to launch in 2018***

The CompactLogix 5480 uses the same re-architected control engine deployed in the ControlLogix® 5580 and CompactLogix 5380 controllers. This line of Logix controllers supports embedded Windows applications, such as analytics, data gathering, and predictive computations. Read more about application uses for 5069 CompactLogix 5480 controllers in section 4, below.

PanelView™ 5000 Graphic Terminals offer an intuitive, modern design and provides enhanced Logix integration that uses Studio 5000 View Designer™ software. The most recent firmware update (R4 as of the time of this newsletter) makes working with PanelView 5310 Graphic Terminals even more efficient and effective.

Are you already using PanelView™ 5000 Graphic Terminals? Great! See below and make sure you are aware of these resources:

  1. Firmware Updates — Login to get support for firmware updates.
  2. Sample Code Library — Retrieve samples of code that have been developed by other users and post code that others might find helpful.
  3. Knowledgebase — Visit our online resource for technical information, support chat and forums, software updates, and product safety advisories/notices.
  4. ***PanelView 5310 Graphic Terminals, scheduled to launch December 2017.

PanelView 5310 Graphic Terminals help you build modern applications with high-speed HMI buttons for jogging applications, scalable vector graphics, and a pre-configured system banner that provides diagnostic information.

Are you using push-in style terminal blocks for your wiring applications? What do you use for wire types? Solid? Stranded? Or terminated with a ferrule? If you have a need for ferrule wiring connections on your terminal blocks, be on the lookout in 2018 for the NEW 1492-P series of terminal blocks from Rockwell Automation. This engineered system is made possible with Strategic Alliance partner Panduit.

Typically, ferrule-based wiring connections on your terminal blocks is a necessity in medium to large control panels. When you use stranded wire, a technician will need to press an actuator to open a clamp for each connection. This process may need to be repeated hundreds or even thousands of times. Ferrule-based wiring connections on your terminal blocks can reduce wiring time by 50% or more.

The 1492-P series of terminal blocks from Rockwell Automation will be a universal offering. They are a great fit for control power distribution as well as for sensor/signal wiring. Stay tuned to this space for updates.


Section 2). Automation Partner Solutions

Rack & Pinion Systems from Apex Dynamics

Rack and pinion systems can replace ball screw systems with longer travel capability without adding inertia and offer higher force capability. Linear motors can also be replaced with rack and pinion to provide lower cost and a similar performance in many applications. Highly accurate systems for machine tools and measurement systems can be engineered with rack and pinion. Consider if you will other motion systems:

  • Ball screws can accommodate a stroke length of, maximum, 1.5 meters
  • Belts can go further than that, 20ft maybe 30ft… but the longer you get, the more you need splice kits, and issues will arise
  • Rack and Pinion can solidly go out to, theoretically, an infinite length
  • Additionally, Rack and Pinion systems offer independently moving carriages
  • What do independently moving carriages look like? VIDEO HERE
  • Work with one of our specialists to start configuring your system today.

Unlock new services with your machines’ data! With eWON Flexy 205, Machine Builders can remotely access their machines and monitor/collect vital KPIs for analysis and predictive maintenance.

eWON Remote Access routers offer easy and fully secure remote access, across the internet, to machines and installations on the customer sites or in the field. With Flexy 205 Machine Builders can monitor and troubleshoot machines remotely, as if they were on site, drastically reducing support costs.

Enabling data opens up unlimited new possibilities. Flexy 205 offers various data services from simple monitoring applications (Alarms, Web HMIs, …) to easy data collection tools that lead to advanced IIoT applications such as performance monitoring and proactive maintenance.

Are you working in a panel shop? A machine builder? Perhaps you’re in an industrial plant as an electrical technician? Are you working on control panels on most days? How many control wires do you think you touch on a given day… Dozens? Hundreds?

Did you read above about the NEW 1492-P series of terminal blocks from Rockwell Automation? These terminal blocks are engineered to work together with Panduit ferrules. Typically, ferrule-based wiring connections on your terminal blocks is a necessity in medium to large control panels. Panduit has a wide range of ferrules available for these types of applications. Browse ferrules by wire size, wire type, and more.

Are you optimizing entire facilities? Have you researched Loop Performance Monitoring?

Process Control

Essentially, Control Loop Performance Monitoring (CLPM) Software {1} makes plant-wide optimization easy, {2} capitalizes on existing plant assets, and {3} facilitates continuous improvement. If you are you looking to improve your facility’s operational intelligence, read this blog post and get some valuable insight into CLPM Software.


Section 3). Training & Commercial Events

Horizon Solutions will be hosting the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry course in early 2018. The OSHA-10 course trains workers and employers on recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces.

January 9th and 10th in Rochester, NY

January 11th & 12th in Elmira, NY

Led by one of our authorized OSHA Outreach Instructors. Seating is limited to 25 maximum participants for each session, so register early!
**Do these dates and locations not work for you? Send an email to with your desired dates and locations. We’ll be adding more OSHA 10-Hour courses to the schedule throughout 2018.

Top 5 Studio 5000 TrainingStudio 5000 Logix Designer is the one application to configure, program and maintain the entire Allen-Bradley® Logix 5000 family of controller’s products and related devices. Its intuitive programming environment allows users to work collaboratively to design and maintain their systems. Do you need to learn more about the Studio 5000 Logix Designer? Are you looking for valuable training opportunities? Check out these TOP FIVE Training Opportunities in 2018:

  1. CCP143. Studio 5000 Logix Designer Level 3: Project Development. Being held in Manchester, NH on February 6th through 9th.
  2. CCP146. Studio 5000 Logix Designer Level 1: ControlLogix System Fundamentals. Being held in Elmira, NY on January 16th through 17th.
  3. CCP151 Studio 5000 Logix Designer Level 2: Basic Ladder Logic Programming. Being held in Scarborough, ME on January 9th through 10th on and then again in Elmira, NY on January 18th through 19th.
  4. CCP153. Studio 5000 Logix Designer Level 2: ControlLogix Maintenance and Troubleshooting. Being held in Elmira, NY on February 6th through 9th.
  5. CCP299. Studio 5000 Logix Designer Level 1: ControlLogix Fundamentals and Troubleshooting. Being held in Rochester, NY on February 12th through 16th.

Do you find it tough to get out of the office? Does webinar training work for your schedule and your needs? If YES, check out these On-Demand Webinars from Rockwell Automation. There are over 50 webinars covering topics like electric motors, enclosed starter wiring, networking, security, servo drives and more.


Section 4). Services, Resources, and Design Tools

FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices is an information appliance that can be deployed inside an automation network to automatically discover and analyze problems with devices that are a part of the operation. All you need is power and an Ethernet network, with one or more Ethernet/IP devices on it.

Powered by embedded analytic technology, and enhanced with Shelby, a friendly chatbot, interactive Action Cards, and future connectivity to FactoryTalk VantagePoint, FactoryTalk Historian, or the FactoryTalk Cloud, FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices is a starting point, and a platform, for the Industrial Internet of Things.

Shelby uses cloud-based analytics. Want to learn more? This 2-minute video provides an excellent overview as a starting point.

Kinetix 5700 EtherNet/IP Servo Drives. Bulletin 2198 Kinetix® 5700 Servo Drives help expand the value of integrated motion on EtherNet/IP to large custom machine builder applications. The Kinetix 5700 servo drive can help reduce commissioning time and improve machine performance. It offers the simplicity, power, and space savings you need to help get your machine up and running faster.

The Allen-Bradley® CompactLogix™ 5480 Controller offers the benefits of Logix control with Windows®-based computing. With a commercially available CPU and a Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system running independently of the Logix control engine, it provides a high-performance architecture with the ability to run 3rd-party applications such as:

  • Analytics, data gathering, and predictive computations
  • Cloud gateway, data concentrator
  • Machine and line Control
  • Integrated control and visualization
  • Control and 3rd-party machine vision

End users and OEMs are inventing ways to collect data from machines and turning it into valuable information closer to the plant floor. This ability to make decisions at the machine level helps to enable the Connected Enterprise.

Having reliable spare parts available on your storeroom shelves is critical to keeping your machines up and running. A comprehensive testing service helps you avoid costly downtime. Do you have suspect spare inventory in need of validation due to the following?

  1. Broken sealed containers in a storeroom
  2. Environmental exposure (temperature, humidity, vibration, etc.)
  3. Extended shelf life (component life)
  4. Suspect inventory (repair work performed by unauthorized companies)

The Inventory Assurance service allows you to send repairable Rockwell Automation products to our certified remanufacturing facilities for inspection and comprehensive pass/fail testing. Units found to possess the most recent firmware updates and pass all testing will be repackaged and returned with a one (1) year warranty. Want to learn more?

Do you know the lifecycle status of your production equipment?

Modernization - Product Life Cyle

Our recent blog post explains why users choose to invest in an Automation Lifecycle Analysis. Typical reasons include reduce inventory costs, reducing storeroom costs, confirming the accuracy of spare parts and replacements, and reducing risk from obsolescence. Does the threat of unscheduled downtime keep you up at night? Continue reading to learn more about actionable steps you can take to identify your critical assets and avoid costly downtime.