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FactoryTalk Linx Gateway

Overview

As devices are getting smarter, so is the software that moves that device data. At Rockwell Automation, technology advancements in connectivity software have made accessing and transporting data easier than ever before.

No matter the size or nature of your application, we have communication solutions that provide greater operability between your Rockwell Automation and third-party devices, machines and software. This allows you to harness information in your control system to make smarter, faster business decisions that will help you maintain your competitive advantage.

The FactoryTalk® Linx Gateway adds a Classic OPC-DA and OPC UA server interface to deliver information collected by FactoryTalk Linx from Logix 5000™ and other Allen-Bradley controllers to external OPC clients, permitting third-party software to coexist with FactoryTalk software.

Latest Releases
Version 6.11
  • The Studio 5000® design environment adoption of the new FactoryTalk Linx Network browser and services
  • Redundant controller shortcuts maintain communication when a network path fails
  • Improved ControlLogix® redundancy switchover recovery performance
  • Direct communication to Logix5000™ tag-based alarm data
  • Access to CIP Energy usage data
  • Enhanced capacity and resiliency
  • Shortcut / Node Inhibit to reduce impact of offline controllers
  • Removal of tags from running controller
  • Add support for new Logix controllers by simply installing their EDS files
  • Logix unsolicited messaging of scalar data

Benefits

Connect Third-party Software
  • Connect third-party software to FactoryTalk and Logix5000™ using Classic OPC DA v2.05a
  • Using v6.00, connect third-party software to FactoryTalk and Logix5000 using the OPC UA v1.03
Maintain Communication
  • Optimized to efficiently communicate with the Logix5000 family of controllers
  • Communicates with full range of Allen-Bradley Logix 5000™, PLC-5®, SLC™ 500 and Micro800™ controllers
  • Use v6.00 to reduce downtime using redundant shortcuts to maintain communications to a controller when a network path fails
Increase Throughput

Higher throughput (tags/second) and higher maximum controller and tag counts

Reduce System Traffic
  • Reduce system traffic by pushing data from Logix5000 controller using unsolicited messaging
  • Faster disconnect/reconnect and failover recovery times
Pull Data
  • Pull data from many CIP devices directly to minimize the impact on the controller
  • Pull data from RSLinx® Classic for access to other systems
Improve Support
  • Uses FactoryTalk Linx and FactoryTalk Services Platform to support distributed and redundant data servers

Resources

Resource Resource Type Catalog Number Language
FactoryTalk Linx Gateway Getting Results Guide
Manual FTLGATE-GR001
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