Develop 64-bit Windows 7 Interfaces

The vendor’s Allen-Bradley ActiveX Studio software now supports creation of Windows 7 PLC HMI applications and enables 32-bit programs to operate with 64-bit versions of Windows.

{mosimage} Allen-Bradley ActiveX Studio 6.0 is said to enable creation of easier-to-use, more powerful PLC communications applications, along with significant performance and usability improvements over previous versions. The software gives component Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 programmers a direct communication channel to Allen-Bradley PLCs without the overhead or complexity of OPC and does not rely on third-party drivers such as RSLinx. It enables two-way communications with Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, CompactLogix, MicroLogix, PLC-5, and SLC controllers, supporting development of ActiveX/OCX-based communications applications written in Visual Basic, C++ and .Net programming languages. Among enhancements in the new version are improved CIP (Common Industrial Protocol) communications, improved error reporting, and updated example files and projects.

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