Rockwell Automation announced that its FactoryTalk Logix Echo controller emulation software is now available for use with its ControlLogix 5580 family of controllers. This new emulation software is designed to help save machine designers time and costs, further optimize machine performance, and help to get the user’s products to market faster.
Using the emulation software, users can test control code in a virtual environment. With support for up to 17 emulated controllers, the software can emulate a machine, production line or an entire plant.
Emulated controllers can also be paired with other software for a range of uses. For example, by connecting an emulated controller to a mechanical system model via the Emulate3D digital twin software, users can perform testing and experimentation without large physical equipment. And by connecting an emulated controller to training simulator software, operators can be trained on a new machine and begin to learn its real-time responses before the machine arrives on site.
The FactoryTalk Logix Echo emulation software is designed with an updated user interface and a simpler overall experience. Switching between design and emulation, for example, is designed to be more effortless and to require no program changes.