What Tuning Software is Available for Use With Rockwell Automation Controllers?

ControllerIndustrial-Grade PID Controller Tuning Software for Rockwell Automation PLCs and PACs

If you’re tired of manual tuning and you want more than the auto-tune function can muster, then you’re in luck. There are a variety of software products that support the array of PLCs and PACs from Rockwell Automation. No surprise that the only solution recommended by Rockwell Automation comes from your friends at Control Station.

As you probably know from reading this blog, LOOP-PRO is our brand of process modeling and PID controller tuning software. We first introduced LOOP-PRO TUNER in 2009 after proving to Rockwell Automation that software can indeed model oscillatory and noisy process data accurately. A side-by-side comparison with RSTune® was virtually all it took to convince them. Since that time LOOP-PRO TUNER has been the only PID Tuning Software referenced through the Encompass Partner Program. Rockwell Automation officially retired, or silvered – both RSTune and RSLoop Optimizer shortly thereafter.

Some things to consider about LOOP-PRO and how it benefits you:

  • The Results Are In

The side-by-side comparison between LOOP-PRO and RSTune was eye-opening. When a loop started and ended in a steady-state condition, RSTune worked great. When the conditions were more realistic, the results went bad fast.  In the absence of a steady-state RSTune produced the wrong ,and possibly damaging, results. Ask for a copy and see for yourself.

  • Industrial-Grade

LOOP-PRO is designed for use in your world, the real world. It doesn’t just work on easy processes using open loop data.  LOOP-PRO is equipped with a patent-pending capability that enables the accurate modeling of noisy and oscillatory data.  Open- or closed-loop. Integrating or non-integrating. Case closed.

  • Seamless and Simple

Our Rockwell Automation Edition integrates seamlessly with your existing automation environment. Whether via RSLinx® or FactoryTalk®, LOOP-PRO connects live to the process and makes it easy to locate, analyze and optimize PID controller performance. The software’s highly graphic and repeatable procedure makes tuning simple. As far as controllers that are supported, LOOP-PRO covers legacy as well as current Logix-based controllers.

  • Options Abound

You need offline analysis? Check. You have other brands of controllers? Got it covered. You want it for a single laptop, across a site, throughout an enterprise? No problem. How about options for Toolkit customers? Sure thing. We developed a portfolio of license options to suit the needs of users like you.

PID controller tuning software wasn’t always easy to use, and more often than not it failed when you needed it most. RSTune and RSLoop Optimizer fell into that category. Fortunately with LOOP-PRO customers of Rockwell Automation now have a tool on which they can rely. It’s even pre-integrated within the PlantPAx® Process Automation System.

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