Cloud Tools Streamline Factory Automation Design

July 7, 2023
Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Design Hub includes all of the components needed to design and integrate a factory automation system.

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Rockwell Automation's FactoryTalk Design Hub is a cloud-based design system that provides a centralized, on-demand design tool suite. It's designed to work with the FactoryTalk Software solution. This extensive list of components highlights the extensive factory automation tools available to developers:

  • Analytics and Data Management
    • FactoryTalk Historian – plant floor reporting system
    • FactoryTalk Analytics – for descriptive and prescriptive solutions
    • FactoryTalk Edge Gateway – enterprise gateway
    • FactoryTalk Transaction Manager – enterprise integration
    • FactoryTalk Edge Manager – edge management system
  • Design
    • FactoryTalk Design Studio – multi-user, multi-controller, cloud-base automation design tool
    • FactoryTalk Logix Echo – controller emulation software
    • FactoryTalk Motion Analyzer – optimize and validate motion design software
    • FactoryTalk Twin Studio – end-to-end automation design solution where users can design, program, simulate, emulate, and virtually commission in one cloud environment
    • FactoryTalk Vault with Design Tools – secure, cloud-native centralized storage for manufacturing design teams
  • HMI
    • FactoryTalk View – real-time performance monitor
    • FactoryTalk Optix – open, scalable visualization platform
    • Industrial Communications
    • FactoryTalk Linx – gateway from factory floor to third-party automation assets
  • Maintenance
    • FactoryTalk AssetCentre – secures system assets and data
    • FactoryTalk Remote Access – enables secure connections to equipment, allowing teams to respond to needs faster and rapidly resolve production issues from anywhere
  • Performance Monitoring
    • FactoryTalk Metrics OEE – gathers equipment data
  • Process
    • FactoryTalk Batch – batch control and management system

Components like FactoryTalk Logix Echo can work in conjunction with platforms like the FLEXHA5000 (Fig. 1). The platform is designed to reduce cost and hardware complexity while minimizing downtime and commissioning time. 

The FactoryTalk Design Hub includes the new FactoryTalk Design Studio, FactoryTalk Optix Software, FactoryTalk Twin Studio, FactoryTalk Vault, and the FactoryTalk Remote Access Solution. FactoryTalk also has access to other software services like the sensor support of the Thingworx IIOT service.

The system is designed for enterprise-wide collaboration from the design team to project and system management. The cloud-based solution is designed to be easier to maintain and update. 

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