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    ControlLogix and CompactLogix Overview and Firmware
About this book
RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000's Logix Designer are user-friendly interfaces used for programming the current generation of Rockwell Automation Controllers including ControlLogix, CompactLogix, and SoftLogix. When engineering automation solutions using Logix, it is important to study the changes to the platform introduced with Studio 5000 and the various controllers, modules, and form factors available today. RSLogix 5000 programming packages help you maximize performance, save project development time, and improve productivity. This book provides a detailed overview of the Logix platform including ControlLogix, CompactLogix, and SoftLogix and explains the significant changes introduced in Studio 5000. A clear understanding of the recent Logix platform changes is critical for anyone developing a Rockwell Automation solution. It provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach to learning the essential Logix hardware and software components and provides beginners with a solid foundation in the Logix platform features and terminology. By the end of this book, you will have a clear understanding of the capabilities of the Logix platform and the ability to navigate the Rockwell Automation Literature Library Resources.
Publication date:
August 2015
Publisher
Packt
Pages
224
ISBN
9781784396039

 

Chapter 1. ControlLogix and CompactLogix Overview and Firmware

In this chapter, we will introduce the ControlLogix and CompactLogix platforms by exploring the evolution of the Allen-Bradley controllers. We will provide details of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture and then finally, we will discuss the important role that firmware plays in the Logix5000 platform. Due to 15 to 20 years of industrial controller life span, it is common to encounter older versions of hardware and firmware, and critical to be familiar with legacy systems.

 

A brief history of Rockwell Automation


This book begins with some background history on the Rockwell Automation ecosystem. It is important to understand the legacy systems provided by Rockwell Automation because some of them can still be found operating in the field today. Also, it is important to understand the overall Rockwell Automation offering and terminology, and how the platforms we focus on in the book fit into the real world.

Allen-Bradley was founded in 1904 by brothers, Harry (19 years old) and Lynde Bradley (26 years old), with seed money from Dr. Stanton Allen. As a teenager, Lynde Bradley developed the prototype for what would later become Allen-Bradley's first commercial product. The primary focus of Allen-Bradley was motor controllers for several decades until they received an unusual challenge from General Motors (GM) in 1968. Each time GM wanted to introduce a new car, they needed to spend two or three months rewiring all their relays to support the production process changes. The request was to build a system to replace their hard-wired relay logic with something more dynamic—Standard Machine Controller. Modicon ultimately won the GM contract with their highly robust Modicon 084 Controller. As a result, Allen-Bradley acquired a company called Information Instruments Inc and produced their first functional controller—Programmable Matrix Controller (PMC) in 1971. Shortly after the release of PMC, Allen-Bradley released a more feature-rich product known as Programmable Logic Controller 1 (PLC-1). Since the introduction of the first Allen-Bradley (later, Rockwell Automation) PLC-1, we have seen several platforms released, including PLC-2 (1978), PLC-3 (1981), PLC-5 (1986), SLC 500 (1991), MicroLogix (1994), ControlLogix (1997), and finally, CompactLogix (2006). In 1985, Allen-Bradley was acquired by Rockwell International and was later spun off as a part of Rockwell Automation. In the field today, the Allen-Bradley name and logo can still be seen on many of the Rockwell Automation's products. The focus of this book will be on the modern ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers and Studio 5000 Automation Engineering and Design Environment, which I will refer to as the Logix family.

 

Integrated Architecture


Like many other vendors, Rockwell Automation has recently rebranded and reorganized their offering. The ControlLogix family is a part of Rockwell Automation's larger solution offering called Integrated Architecture. It is a relatively new term in the world of Rockwell Automation, but the concept has been in place for quite some time. It represents a convergence of the control and information systems within an industrial operations environment. This convergence is in line with the industry trend we have witnessed over the past decade and has increased the ties between Operational Technology (OT) and traditional Information Technology (IT). We have seen a continuous increase in demand for operational information to be provided to the corporate information system in real time in order to fulfill the maintenance needs, environmental reporting, accounting, and other corporate requirements. At the same time, we have seen OT move from proprietary protocols and data access technology to traditional IT technologies such as TCP/IP and Ethernet. The promise of Integrated Architecture is the ability to easily implement plant-wide optimization, reduce technical project risk, increase machine performance, and improve long-term reliability.

The five core technologies of Integrated Architecture Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) product line include the following platforms:

  • ControlLogix

  • CompactLogix

  • GuardLogix

  • DriveLogix

  • SoftLogix

    Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture overview

The preceding diagram outlines the Integrated Architecture structure and shows where ControlLogix fits into the mix. The FlexLogix (bulletin 1794) controllers were also part of the Logix PAC family and was used to communicate with PLC-5 and SLC 500 Flex I/O blocks. However, FlexLogix has now been retired from the lineup, so it will not be covered in this book.

The product, formally known as RSLogix 5000 (used for programming the ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers), is now included within the automation engineering and design software suite called Studio 5000 and is now referred to as Logix Designer. For the remainder of this book, we will be using the terms—Logix Designer, RSLogix, and Logix—interchangeably to refer to the Logix controller family programming environment.

 

ControlLogix controllers


ControlLogix controller was first launched in 1997 as a replacement for Allen-Bradley's previous large-scale control platform, PLC-5. The ControlLogix platform includes a bulletin 1756 ControlLogix 5550 controller, bulletin 1756 ControlLogix I/O modules, and the RSLogix 5000 programming software platform (now referred to as Studio 5000 Logix Designer). ControlLogix represented a significant technological step forward that included a 32-bit ARM-6 RISC-core microprocessor and an ABrisc Boolean processor combined with a bus interface on the same silicon chip. At launch, the series 5 ControlLogix (also referred to as L5 and ControlLogix 5550) controllers were able to execute the code three times faster than PLC-5. The following diagram is an illustration of the original Logix L5 controller:

The L5 controller is considered to be a PAC rather than a traditional PLC due to its modern design, power, and capabilities beyond a traditional PLC (such as motion control, advanced networking, batching, and sequential control). The ControlLogix platform is built on the ControlBus backplane, which performs like a mini-network and allows devices to be Removed or Inserted Under Power (RIUP).

Tip

Warning: Removing modules while under power can create an arc and have disastrous consequences in explosive environments.

L5 has since been retired from the lineup, so we will focus on the newer L6 and L7 controllers in this book. Throughout this book, we will be referring to the ControlLogix controllers as PACs, which are the modern day equivalent of PLCs.

 

Logix operating cycle


The entire Logix family of controllers (ControlLogix and CompactLogix) has diverged from traditional synchronous PLC scan architecture in favor of a more efficient asynchronous operation. Like most modern computer systems, asynchronous operation allows the Logix controller to handle multiple tasks at the same time by slicing the processing time between each tasks. The continuous updating of information in an asynchronous processor creates some programming challenges, which we will address throughout the book. The following diagram illustrates the difference between the synchronous and asynchronous operation:

 

ControlLogix series 6 controllers


In 2002, the bulletin 1756 ControlLogix L6 (Logix556x) processor was released with a more powerful processor and more memory, and the CompactFlash nonvolatile memory card was added to the entire lineup.

Note

Even though the ControlLogix platform is approaching its 20th birthday, it is still in the early stages of its product life cycle. For example, Allen-Bradley's 1747 series SLC500 family, which was introduced in 1989, is still available for sale today. Although no longer actively being developed, SLC500 represents a product life in excess of 25 years.

ControlLogix represents a common control engine with a common development environment and tight integration between the programming software, controller, and I/O modules. This close integration greatly reduces automation engineering development time and cost.

 

ControlLogix series 7 controllers


In 2010, Rockwell Automation launched the series 7 (also referred to as L7 and ControlLogix 5570) controllers, which featured the following enhancements over the series 6 (L6) controllers:

  • The performance capability doubled due to a more powerful dual core CPU.

  • The adoption of modern SDRAM memory.

  • The replacement of the 9-pin serial port with a USB 2.0 port (programs transfer 200 times faster over USB 2.0 than serial).

  • The replacement of the CompactFlash memory card with a Secure Digital (SD) memory card.

  • The replacement of the lithium battery with the capacitor-based Energy Storage Module (ESM). The ESM provides power to the controller during a power loss event to allow it to copy the contents of its memory from volatile memory to the onboard nonvolatile memory. The ESM eliminates the issue with L6 series controllers that would lose the program after a few weeks without power once the battery was completely drained.

  • The ability to store program comments and tag descriptions on the controller (firmware v21 and higher).

  • The addition of the onboard four character display.

    ControlLogix L73 controller

 

Selecting a ControlLogix controller


When selecting a ControlLogix controller, it is important to consider the following points:

  • Supported Logix Designer software versions

  • Processing the requirements of your current application and future expansion

  • Memory requirements of your current application and future expansion

The ControlLogix series 6 and series 7 controllers and their software version compatibilities are shown in the following table:

ControlLogix controllers

Logix Designer software (RSLogix 5000)

Controller

Memory

Minimum version

Maximum version

Series 6 (L6)

1756-L61

2 MB

v12

v20

1756-L62

4 MB

v12

v20

1756-L63

8 MB

v10

v20

1756-L64

16 MB

v16

v20

1756-L65

32 MB

v17

v20

Series 7 (L7)

1756-L71

2 MB

v18

 

1756-L72

4 MB

v19

 

1756-L73

8 MB

v18

 

1756-L74

16 MB

v19

 

1756-L75

32 MB

v20

 

It is important to note that the L6 controllers are not supported in Version 21 and higher of Studio 5000 Logix Designer.

 

GuardLogix safety controllers


With the launch of the (bulletin 1756) GuardLogix controller in 2005, the ControlLogix platform supported both standard and safety system control in the same chassis. The GuardLogix controller system is designed for use in safety applications, including SIL 3 (IEC 61508) and the ISO standard for Safety of Machinery (ISO 13849-1 General Principles for Design and PLe/Cat.4). GuardLogix safety controllers represent an essential piece of a fail-safe (de-energize to trip) solution. Fail-safe refers to a solution that when a fault is detected, all of its outputs are set to zero. And, in the event of a faulty input or input module, it automatically sets any input values associated with them to zero. Both the L6 and L7 controllers are available in the GuardLogix form factor. Physically, the GuardLogix controllers feature a red faceplate and are usually installed in pairs—primary and safety partner controller. The GuardLogix controllers are only supported in Version 18 and higher of RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000 Logix Designer.

 

Extreme environment controllers


The Rockwell Automation's extreme environment controllers (bulletin 1756 ControlLogix-XT) share the same features and programming interfaces as the standard ControlLogix controllers, but are certified to operate in extreme conditions. The ControlLogix-XT modules are darker gray in color than the ControlLogix modules and are spaced in every other slot to provide an improved ventilation/isolation. In addition, the ControlLogix-XT modules are treated with a conformal coating that improves the product's resistance to corrosive environments. The ControlLogix-XT controllers and modules are rated for temperatures ranging from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F) and have the following environmental certifications—cULus, Class 1, Div 2, C-Tick, CE, ATEX Zone 2, SIL 2, IEC 61131-2, ANSI-ISA-S71.04-1985, Class G1, G2, and G3. The L6 and L7 standard controllers and GuardLogix controllers are all available in Extreme Environment (XT) form factors.

 

CompactLogix controllers


In 2006, Rockwell Automation first shipped the (bulletin 1768) L43 CompactLogix controllers targeted at cost effective, small- to medium-size automation solutions. At the time of launch, CompactLogix controller was planned as the long-term replacement for the SLC 500 controller family. The CompactLogix control platform is designed with an emphasis on the controller software. As the CompactLogix hardware evolves with an improved performance and additional features, the logic will easily migrate to new hardware and firmware versions. Unlike the SLC 500 platform, the CompactLogix controllers can be programmed using the same RSLogix 5000 (Logix Designer) software suite that is used with ControlLogix. In 2006, CompactLogix L43 with integrated motion support was added to the family. It features a CompactFlash memory card, Ethernet port, Serial RS-232 port, 1769 / 1768 modules, and a power supply module. The following is an illustration of the L43 CompactLogix controller:

CompactLogix controller-bulletin 1768—L43 and L45

Note

Modules on L43 can only be placed to the right of the power supply.

In 2008, Rockwell Automation released the low-cost CompactLogix L23 controllers (bulletin 1769) with embedded I/O. The L23 controller features a serial RS-232 port, Ethernet port (only on the E models), embedded I/O, and an embedded power supply. The following is an illustration of an L23 controller:

CompactLogix controller-bulletin 1769 L23x Packaged controllers with embedded I/O

Also in 2008, Rockwell Automation released the (bulletin 1769) CompactLogix L3x modular controllers. The 1769 CompactLogix modules do not have a chassis like the ControlLogix modules. The 1769 CompactLogix modules can be connected together using a DIN rail or can be screwed in directly to a panel. CompactLogix L3x features a CompactFlash memory card, serial RS-232, ControlNet or Ethernet port, and a power supply module. The following diagram is an illustration of the CompactLogix L3x controller:

CompactLogix Controller-Bulletin 1769-L3x Modular controllers

Note

The L3x modules can be placed to the left or the right of the power supply.

In 2009, Compact GuardLogix, an SIL3 certified controller, with the L43S and L45S CPU supporting integrated safety, was added to the Logix family.

 

CompactLogix 5370 controllers


In 2012, Rockwell Automation released the (bulletin 1769) CompactLogix 5370 L1, L2, and L3 controllers, which provided a low-cost Ethernet/IP-enabled, high-performance controller in a 40 percent smaller form factor than ControlLogix. The CompactLogix 5370 series controller provides many of the same enhancements that the ControlLogix series 7 provided over the ControlLogix series 6 controllers, including the following properties:

  • Twice the performance capability due to a more powerful dual core CPU

  • Adoption of modern SDRAM memory

  • Replacement of the 9-pin serial port with a USB 2.0 port (programs transfer 200 times faster over USB 2.0 than serial)

  • Replacement of the CompactFlash memory card with an SD memory card

  • Added the ESM and removed the need for a lithium battery

  • Made use of the existing CompactLogix 1769 I/O modules

  • Integrated motion control over Ethernet

  • Ability to store program comments and tag descriptions on the controller (firmware v21 and higher)

The following table provides illustrations of the CompactLogix 5370 controllers and their distinguishing features:

CompactLogix Controller—bulletin 1769 5370—L1

Features

CompactLogix 5370 L1 Controller

SD memory card

2 X Ethernet ports

USB 2.0 port

Embedded point I/O modules

Expandable with 6 or 8 point I/O modules

Embedded power supply

Integrated motion control

CompactLogix Controller—bulletin 1769 5370—L2

Features

CompactLogix 5370 L2 Controller

SD memory card

2 X Ethernet ports

USB 2.0 port

Embedded 1769 I/O modules

Expandable with 4 x 1769 I/O modules

Embedded power supply

Integrated motion control

CompactLogix Controller—bulletin 1769 5370—L3

Features

CompactLogix 5370 L3 Controller

SD memory card

2 X Ethernet ports

USB 2.0 port

8 to 30 1769 I/O modules

Power supply module

 

Selecting a CompactLogix controller


There are many factors to consider when selecting a CompactLogix controller due to their module nature and wide range of form factors which are available:

  • Supported Logix Designer software versions

  • Cabinet size restrictions

  • CompactLogix form factors or I/O module scalability

  • Processing the requirements of your current application and future expansion

  • Memory requirements of your current application and future expansion

The CompactLogix controllers and their software version compatibilities are shown in the following table:

CompactLogix controllers

Logix Designer software (RSLogix 5000)

Controller

Memory

Minimum version

Maximum version

Bulletin 1768

1768-L43

2 MB

v16

v20

1768-L45

3 MB

v16

v20

Bulletin 1769 L23x Packaged controllers with embedded I/O

1769-L23

512 KB

v16

v20

Bulletin 1769-L3x Modular controllers

1769-L3x

1.5 MB

v16

v20

Bulletin 1769 5370

5370 1769-L16

384 KB

v20

 

5370 1769-L18

512 KB

v20

 

5370 1769-L24

750 KB

v20

 

5370 1769-L27

1 MB

v20

 

5370 1769-L30

1 MB

v20

 

5370 1769-L33

2 MB

v20

 

5370 1769-L36

3 MB

v20

 

It is also important to consider that some of the CompactLogix 5730 controllers are slated as direct replacements for some of the older CompactLogix controllers (although the older controllers are still available for purchase):

  • 5370 1769-L24 replaces 1769-L23

  • 5370 1769-L3x replaces 1769-L3x

 

ControlLogix software and firmware


Due to the long life span of most industrial PACs, it is common to encounter controllers still running legacy firmware. Controller firmware versions and RSLogix 5000 and Logix Designer versions go hand in hand. If you are working on the ControlLogix or CompactLogix controller that is running firmware version 13.03, you should be using RSLogix 5000 Version 13.03 to program it. As updating firmware can introduce process downtime, it is important to understand and work with the capabilities of older firmware and software versions:

Version

Year

Notes

1

1997

Cross reference support, RSLinx Version 2.0 support, L5x

2

1998

Trending, position and time camming, 1794 FLEX I/O, RSWho

3,4

1998

Internal builds, not released to the public

5

1998

SERCOS, quick view pane, function block diagrams, FLEX EX

6

1999

FlexLogix and SoftLogix support

7

2000

Windows 2000 support, CompactLogix support, Ethernet/IP support

8

2001

ControlLogix redundancy, DH485, nonvolatile memory L55

9

2001

SERCOS Drive support with 1756-M08SE module

10

2002

ControlLogix 5563 controller support

11

2002

SFC, ST, FBD online edits SoftLogix 5800, point I/O support

12

2003

RSLogix Emulate 5000, event task, CompactLogix support, compare

13

2004

SFC online editing, ST online editing, LD import/export

14

2004

GM only build

15

2005

S88, add 1756 I/O modules during runtime, user-defined data type (UDT)

16

2007

User-defined add-on instructions (AOI), ControlLogix 1756-L64

17

2008

Windows Vista, free to download demo, advanced process control

18

2010

1756-L73, 1756-L75 controller, CIP motion, CIP SYNC, CompactLogix safety

19

2010

Windows 7 support, 1756-L72, 1756-L74, integrated motion Ethernet/IP

20

2012

1756-L71, support 200 to 10,000 I/O points, GuardLogix

Studio 5000—Logix Designer

21

2013

Logix Designer, alarm log, comments and descriptions stored in PAC

22

2014

Internal build, not released to the public

23

2014

Controller firmware updates and fixes

24

2014

Windows 8 support, logical organizer view, program parameter, merge improved

25

2015

Internal build, not released to the public

26

2015

Windows 8.1 support, license-based source protection

 

Product Selection Toolbox


Rockwell Automation provides a software suite called Product Selection Toolbox, which is designed to help you select and design Integrated Architecture solutions. This software suite provides helpful tools for evaluating the size of your application, generating drawings, and even estimating the cost of your application. This product is available for free to approved partners and customers.

Rockwell Automation Product Catalog for iPad

Rockwell Automation has created an iPad-based product selection tool. Rockwell Automation Product Catalog is a portable version of Product Selection Toolbox that allows you to select and configure thousands of products from Rockwell Automation and their industry partners. Product Catalog will even help you find the nearest distributor to your location. It is available for free in the App Store.

 

Summary


In this chapter, we learned about the controllers available within Rockwell Automation's Integrated Architecture. We also explored the history of Rockwell Automation and evolution of the industry-leading Logix platform. We now have an idea of the controller solutions available within Integrated Architecture, and are capable of making basic solution architecture decisions. In the appendix of this book, you can find links to Rockwell Automation Literature Library where you can dive deeper into the topics covered in this chapter.

In the next chapter, we will introduce the various networking and communication options available for the Rockwell Automation Logix controllers.

About the Authors
  • Austin Scott

    Austin Scott, in 2006, founded Synergist SCADA, a successful company that provided vendor-neutral SCADA architecture and development. Synergist has also developed a suite of engineering tools, including Citect Power Tools and Active Network Security. In July 2013, Synergist was acquired by Cimation LLC as the catalyst for its growing Canadian operations and ongoing product development. With more than a decade of industrial automation and software development experience, Austin has worked on large-scale, high-profile projects across North America and globally, incorporating most major SCADA platforms. Austin's professional focus includes developing and refining custom software solutions to enhance the productivity of SCADA developers, improve integration between SCADA data and corporate applications, and cyber security, especially the detection of unauthorized access to SCADA networks and forensic analysis of SCADA breaches. Cimation and its 250 talented employees serve North America's energy industry with automation and controls, industrial IT, and enterprise data solutions (inc. SCADA). Forbes recently ranked Cimation number 22 on its second annual America's Most Promising Companies list. Cimation was the only energy consulting firm ranked in the list's top 25. The Forbes America's Most Promising Companies list is comprised of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. Most of the companies ranked on this year's list, Cimation included, fall into the technology category. Since its inception in 2009, Cimation has grown 1,397 percent in revenue. Cimation is headquartered in Houston with regional offices in Calgary, Denver, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Lafayette.

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  • Austin Scott

    Austin Scott founded Synergist SCADA in 2006, a successful company that provides vendor-neutral SCADA architecture and development. Synergist has also developed a suite of engineering tools, including Citect Power Tools and Active Network Security. In July 2013, Synergist was acquired by Cimation as the catalyst for its growing Canadian operations and ongoing product development._x000D_ With more than a decade of industrial automation and software development experience, Austin has worked on large-scale, high-profile projects across North America and around the globe, incorporating most major SCADA platforms. His professional focus includes developing and refining custom software solutions to enhance the productivity of SCADA developers and improve the integration between the SCADA data and corporate applications. He is also skilled in cyber security, especially the detection of unauthorized access to SCADA networks and the forensic analysis of SCADA breaches. In 2013, he wrote Instant PLC Programming with RSLogix 5000 by Packt Publishing.

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