Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Design Hub improves automation project development
Rockwell Automation has launched FactoryTalk Design Hub, enabling industrial organizations to transform their automation design capabilities with a more streamlined and productive cloud-powered way of working.
Teams of all sizes, skills, and locations can work smarter with improved collaboration, enhanced lifecycle management, and on-demand access to cloud-based software. The result is increased design productivity, faster time to market, and systems that cost less to build and maintain.
“In this new era of ‘work from anywhere’, having centralized on-demand design tools is critical for companies to scale production and easily adapt to changing customer needs,” said Brian Shepherd, senior vice president, Software & Control at Rockwell.
“FactoryTalk Design Hub gives manufacturing engineers access to the full range of Rockwell Automation tools and capabilities in a centralized link for successful design and collaboration within their team and across the enterprise. “, continued Shepherd.
FactoryTalk Design Hub improves the development and deployment of automation projects for industrial organizations, while adhering to the latest security standards and information technology (IT) best practices.
It enables teams to access on-demand designs from any web browser with software that is always up-to-date and flexibly scales users and compute capacity to meet workload demands of the project.
“The digital transformation of automation design capabilities requires both the cloud to maximize the productivity of control system developers, and it also requires all software tools to be connected to each other by a digital thread to maximize the collaboration, scalability and productivity,” according to Craig. Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group.
“Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Design Hub enables seamless digital wire connectivity between its design, visualization, digital twin, storage and remote access software tools that give control system developers immediate access to the asks all automation designs as needed, regardless of location, helping these companies to accelerate their initiatives ranging from digital transformation to IT/OT convergence,” added Resnick.
Businesses are looking for better ways to solve their most pressing problems. Traditional approaches to software design limit collaboration, scalability, and productivity. FactoryTalk Design Hub addresses these three primary concerns for all automation workflow design needs.
“I’m really excited that Rockwell Automation is putting the resources behind this type of development on behalf of control system developers everywhere,” said Doug Hoffer, senior automation engineer at Samuel Engineering.
“This could become a very important way to tie cloud functionality and analytics into the control system development process,” Hoffer continued.
FactoryTalk Design Hub includes five core solutions
FactoryTalk Design Studio is a new cloud-native software product designed from the ground up to improve system design efficiency. Available anytime, anywhere using just a web browser, there are no downloads or installations required and no software maintenance liability.
From controller design, FactoryTalk Design Studio reduces development time by leveraging modern software development practices and an integrated version control system. Teams can collaborate with automated tools to share and merge changes, and project sizes can scale dynamically with support for multiple controllers in a single project.
FactoryTalk Design Studio is ready to change the way industrial automation systems are created.
FactoryTalk Optix is a new product added to the Rockwell Automation visualization portfolio. Known as “Visualization for Visionaries,” FactoryTalk Optix is the first cloud-enabled HMI product to launch within FactoryTalk Design Hub.
With FactoryTalk Optix Studio, users can design, test, and deploy applications directly from a web browser. Optional cloud-based connectivity enables new collaborative workflows that allow changes to be made from anywhere, anytime.
FactoryTalk Optix is designed to improve processes, efficiency, and deliverables using a modern, scalable platform.
Studio Twin FactoryTalk is an end-to-end automation design solution where users can design, program, simulate, emulate and commission virtually in a cloud environment. The cloud-hosted ecosystem uses Rockwell software products and is accessible from anywhere using a web browser.
FactoryTalk Twin Studio enables users to develop their next project better and faster by moving seamlessly between Rockwell design solutions, collaborating with teammates in real time.
FactoryTalk Vault provides secure, cloud-native centralized storage for manufacturing design teams. With its modern version and access control, FactoryTalk Vault with advanced design tools enables better understanding of designs through in-depth analysis of controller projects. Teams can now spend more time working on projects and less time searching for files or working from outdated versions.
FactoryTalk Remote Access enables secure connections to equipment, allowing teams to more quickly respond to needs and resolve production issues from anywhere. FactoryTalk Remote Access connects domain experts to critical issues regardless of their physical location, increasing support response time and reducing costs associated with travel and asset downtime.