Updated Tools Ease Industrial Firmware and Software Management

September 8, 2020

Industrial producers can now more easily track and manage their industrial firmware and software using newly updated, free tools from Rockwell Automation. The ControlFLASH Plus and FactoryTalk Updater tools give producers more centralized visibility and management of all Rockwell Automation firmware and software.

Producers can struggle to stay on top of what firmware and software versions are used across their plants. This can cause unnecessary downtime if failed assets can’t be restored until a piece of software or firmware is updated. One challenge is a lack of centralized visibility into what versions are used and where.

With the ControlFLASH Plus and FactoryTalk Updater tools, one administrator or multiple team leaders can now see what firmware is used on Rockwell Automation control devices and what software is used on workstations across plants. They can also see if newer firmware or software versions are available, and then update multiple assets at once.

Because it uses a centralized management approach, FactoryTalk Updater allows users to manage workstations that are connected on an internal network but not connected to the internet for security purposes or other reasons.

ControlFLASH Plus allows users to create a firmware-favorite list. This can help them more quickly and completely restore machines following an incident. In addition, it can reduce reliance on tribal knowledge for supporting machines, and it can provide important details about assets and their support requirements for modernization projects.

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Both tools are free and can be downloaded from the Rockwell Automation site.



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