MILWAUKEE, WI — To help small-machine builders reduce design times and costs, Rockwell Automation enhanced its free Connected Components Accelerator Toolkit (CCAT) and Connected Components Workbench software tools. Machine builders are under constant pressure to design products in a more cost-effective manner and deliver them faster. Competitive pressures are even higher for builders of simple control, stand-alone machines. The enhanced, time-saving tools integrate the entire machine-control development process, which creates capacity for builders to focus on developing the proprietary features and functions that differentiate their machines from competitors’.
One-stop design solution – The CCAT is a one-stop solution for stand-alone machine control design and implementation. A clear start page directs users through the drop-down menu of options. Machine builders simply choose their controller, and the toolkit provides a full suite of compatible components and class-leading application development tools, including a list of compatible materials; panel layout and wiring drawings (usable in CAD software); prewritten control programs; quick-start guides; and sample HMI screens, including diagnostics.
In addition, the free toolkit now provides a bill of materials electronically, allowing easy transfers to the Rockwell Automation ProposalWorks software. This time-saving software helps machine builders find exact catalog numbers for Allen-Bradley products and services, access current pricing and build a proposal document.
Expanded programming capabilities – Once machine panels are designed and built from the CCAT-provided bill of materials, the Connected Components Workbench software enables machine builders to program controllers, configure devices and design HMI screens. Rockwell Automation engineers have expanded the software’s programming capabilities to include the new Allen-Bradley Micro850 controllers. Ideal for builders of simple, stand-alone machines, the Allen-Bradley Micro800 controller family balances user needs for “just enough” control with a design that lowers the Total Cost to Design, Develop and Deliver machines. The software also supports the new Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 523 AC drive and the Allen‑Bradley PanelView Component graphic terminals.
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