Enhanced Automation: Micro Controller Evolution

Rockwell Automation unveils Micro800 controller firmware enhancements and software upgrades, empowering manufacturers
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Synopsis:

Rockwell Automation unveils Micro800 controller firmware enhancements and software upgrades, empowering manufacturers with streamlined machine commissioning and improved system connectivity. These developments, including improved Ethernet communication and legacy communication support, cater to industry demands for faster data rates and legacy compatibility, fostering efficient project development and design.

 

Article:

In a recent announcement, Rockwell Automation introduces firmware revisions for Allen‑Bradley Micro820 and Micro870 controllers, elevating machine design and deployment efficiency. The firmware updates, namely revision 14 for Micro820 and revision 22 for Micro870 controllers, complemented by the Connected Components Workbench software version 22, enhance controller capabilities and support improved system connectivity.

These advancements promise improved Ethernet communication, enabling faster data refresh rates between controllers and human-machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications, ensuring enhanced system performance.

Furthermore, the inclusion of Programmable Controller Communication Commands (PCCC) functionality in Micro870 controllers allows users to leverage the controller's capability akin to a MicroLogix controller. With legacy address mapping support in the Connected Components Workbench software, users can seamlessly modernize from MicroLogix to Micro800 controllers while retaining legacy communication methods.

The latest enhancements in Connected Components Workbench software version 22 introduce features such as bit-level commenting and daylight saving functionalities, fostering process efficiency and a more intuitive design experience, thereby expediting project development and system configurations.

Conclusion:

These controller and software advancements accentuate user experience, promoting efficiency and flexibility in automation development. The improvements streamline work processes, optimize productivity, and cater to the evolving needs of the Micro controller landscape in manufacturing.

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