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Rockwell Automation enhances its free, standalone machine design tools to increase machine builders’ competitiveness

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article image Rockwell Automation’s enhanced time-saving tools integrate the entire machine control development process

Rockwell Automation announces enhancements to its free Connected Components Accelerator Toolkit (CCAT) and Connected Components Workbench software tools to help small machine builders reduce design times and costs.

Machine builders are under constant pressure to design products in a more cost-effective manner against tight delivery schedules. Competitive pressures are even higher for builders of simple control, standalone machines. Rockwell Automation’s enhanced time-saving tools integrate the entire machine control development process, creating capacity for machine builders to focus on developing proprietary features and functions that differentiate their machines from the competitors. 

The CCAT is a one-stop solution for standalone machine control design and implementation. Built for user-friendly operation, the solution’s start page directs machine builders through the drop-down menu of options where they can 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. 

Helder Paulini, Commercial Marketing Specialist at Rockwell Automation comments that their CCAT and Connected Components Workbench software provide an easy start to users who are planning to design new machines. 

Rockwell Automation offers pre-engineered solutions from a database of written codes, CAD drawings and quick-start guides that will save valuable time and reduce the cost to deliver these machines to the market.

The free tool kit now provides a bill of materials electronically, allowing easy transfers to the Rockwell Automation Proposal Works software. This time-saving software helps machine builders find exact catalogue numbers for Allen-Bradley products and services, access current pricing and build a proposal document. 

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, standalone 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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