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Automation Builder software download

Automation Builder is available in Basic, Standard and Premium editions fitting the needs of small projects and managing the challenges of many and large projects for OEM and system integrators.

Start working immediately: After installation, on first startup of Automation Builder you can choose from different licenses:

  • Free 30 days trial license – unlocking standard and premium features
  • Free Basic edition
  • Purchased standard or premium license (you can activate licenses anytime within Automation Builder in Tools > Install additional license).

Life-cycle support: When installing Automation Builder you can include former version profiles to your installation to maintain compatibility with projects done in former versions of Automation Builder. Alternatively you find installation files for selected former versions in the ABB Library below.

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Automation Builder 2.0 - Features and target hardware

Licenses of Automation Builder 1.x will not be valid for Automation Builder 2.x.

For Automation Builder 2.0 appropriate licenses need to be purchased and activated. For details please refer to Automation Builder life cycle documentation below Downloads for Software (Information) or contact your sales representative for upgrade possibilities.

Note: If you want to upgrade projects with third party safety devices to Automation Builder 2.0.x we recommend that you create Project Archives of your projects BEFORE you install the new Automation Builder 2.0.x. (File --> Project Archive --> Save/Send Archive ...).

Automation Builder 2.0
Features and target hardware
Basic
Basic system engineering
FREE
Standard
Integrated
system
engineering
Premium
Productivity
and
collaboration
Productive
engineering
   Integrated engineering for PLCs, safety, robots,
   motion, drives, SCADA and control panels
Integrated tool suite installation and maintenance (online and offline)
Project handling including project archive and backup features
Project lifecycle support (version profiles and project migration)
Native language support in EN, DE, ES, FR, CN
Support of standardization and re-use by flexible configurations of machine variants and advanced IO device handling
Support of re-use by cross project and cross Automation Builder instance copy&paste
ECAD roundtrip engineering - AC500 and EPLAN® / Zuken E3®
ECAD roundtrip engineering for 3rd party devices -
PLC and EPLAN® / Zuken E3®
Bulk data import/export with change control to any tool via CSV (also via copy&paste)
Bulk data import/export of device and I/O lists and IEC 60870-5-104
Change management support by project compare    
Device type editor for Open Device Integration    
Virtual system testing based on Virtual Commissioning Technology     ○ 
Collaborative engineering support by Professional Version Control with Subversion     ○ 
Functional engineering with Professional Application Composer     
Object-oriented system design with Professional UML     ○ 
Control code analysis with Professional Static Analysis    
Optimization of runtime performance with Professional Profiler     ○ 
System, module and regression testing with Professional Test Manager
PLC
engineering (AC500 V2)
   PLC application programming (IL, LD, FBD, SFC, ST) plus CFC
PLC firmware update, download and online change to single or several PLCs
PLC simulation and debugging
Integrated firmware identification and update (PM and CM devices)
Configuration of communication protocols for TCP/IP, Modbus, CS31, IEC60870-5-104
Open device integration for Modbus devices   ● 
Configuration of communication protocols for PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherCAT, CAN
C/ C++ application programming (GNU compiler)

Virtual system testing including PLCs based on Virtual Commissioning Technology

   
For: AC500-eCo, AC500 (V2), AC500-XC, AC500-S Safety, AC500 local I/O modules, AC500 extension modules
PLC
engineering (AC500 V3)
  PLC application programming (LD, FBD, SFC, ST) plus CFC  ●  ●  ●
 PLC firmware update, download and online change to single PLCs  ●  ●  ●
 PLC simulation and debugging  ●  ●  ●
 Integrated firmware identification and update (PM and CM devices)  ●  ●  ●
 Configuration of communication protocols for TCP/IP, IEC60870-5-104, CAN  ●  ●  ●
 Configuration of communication protocols for PROFINET, EtherCAT    ●  ●
Virtual system testing including PLCs based on Virtual Commissioning Technology      ○

For AC500 V3 and supported AC500 local I/O modules and AC500 extension modules

Safety PLC
engineering (integrated solutions)
   Safety PLC application programming (LD, FBD, ST)
Fieldbus protocol engineering for PROFIsafe
For: AC500-S Safety CPU, Safety I/Os and PROFISAFE devices
Safety PLC engineering (stand-alone solutions)    Safety engineering with Pluto manager
 For: Pluto Safety PLC
 SCADA engineering    Integrated SCADA and PLC engineering with ABB zenon editor  
 For: ABB zenon
Control Panel engineering    Panel configuration with Panel Builder (PB610 Panel Builder 600)
Panel configuration with Panel Builder Basic (PB610-B Panel Builder 600, basis features) for CP600-eCo
PLC tag data import
Control panels simulation for Virtual Commissioning Technology ○  ● 
For: CP600, CP600-eCo, CP600-WEB, PB610-R
Drive
engineering
   Drive application programming (IL, LD, FBD, SFC, ST) plus CFC
Drive management, configuration and diagnosis with common process data editor (Drive - PLC)
Drive engineering in Drive composer pro
Virtual system testing including drives based on Virtual Commissioning Technology    
For: ACS355, ACS380, ACS550, ACS580, ACS850, ACQ810, ACS880, DCT880 (1), ACSM1
Motion
engineering
   Motion application engineering with Mint WorkBench
PLC tag data import
Motion solution engineering with Automation Builder (*)     ● 
For: MicroFlex e150, Motiflex e180
Robotics
engineering
   Robot engineering with RobotStudio Basic
Robot engineering with RobotStudio Premium
Tag interface between PLC and robot controller
For: IRC5 (on selected fieldbusses)
Solution
engineering
   Drive library (PS553-DRIVES)
Motion control for AC500 V2 PLCopen® Motion library (PS552-MC-E)
Motion control for AC500 V3 (PS5520-MC) (*) ● 
Solar library (PS562-SOLAR)
Water library (PS563-WATER)
Temperature control library (PS564-TEMPCTRL)
BACnet communication library (PS565-BACnet-ASC) ○ 
AC500 High Availability (HA) library
PackML library (*)   ● 
FTP client library (PS554) (*)   ● 
Signal processing package (*)   ● 
Pumping library (PS571) (*)    ● 
HVAC library (*)  
Further features    PLC Multidownload tool for large installations
OPC server and clients, service tool, PLC
gateway, IP configuration and visualization
Operating systems    Recommended: Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows 8.1 32/64-bit, Windows 10 32/64-bit
PC requirements    Minimum: 1 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 14 GB free disk space

● included
○ optional (additional license required) as integrated tool / feature / library
◊ optional (additional license required) as standalone tool / feature - not integrated in Automation Builder
(1) Run time license in drive needed, plus code N8010.
(*) Technology Preview: Technology Previews are non-final versions of our product and should not be taken as a measure of the fit, finish, capability, and overall quality of the product.
While we don't stop using these versions in projects, we don't recommend it if data loss and the usual quirks of preview software cannot be afforded.

Click here to view Automation Builder 1.2 - Features and target hardware

Note: We recommend to install Automation Builder 2.0.
If you want to continue engineering your projects with Automation Builder 1.2: You can also install Automation Builder 2.0 with version profile Automation Builder 1.2.

Automation Builder 1.2
Features and target hardware
Basic
Basic system engineering
FREE
Standard
Integrated
system
engineering
Premium
Productivity
and
collaboration
Productive
engineering
   Integrated engineering for PLCs, safety, robots,
   motion, drives and control panels
Integrated tool suite installation and maintenance (online and offline)
Project handling including project archive and backup features
Project lifecycle support (version profiles and project migration)
Native language support in EN, DE, ES, FR, CN
Support of standardization and re-use by flexible configurations of machine variants and advanced IO device handling
Support of re-use by cross project and cross Automation Builder instance copy&paste
Collaborative engineering support by Project Version Control
ECAD roundtrip engineering - AC500 and EPLAN® / Zuken E3®
ECAD roundtrip engineering for 3rd party devices -
PLC and EPLAN® / Zuken E3®
Bulk data import/export with change control to any tool via CSV (also via copy&paste)
Bulk data import/export of device and I/O lists and IEC 60870-5-104
Change management support by project compare
PLC
engineering
   PLC application programming (IL, LD, FBD, SFC, ST) plus CFC
PLC firmware update, download and online change to single or several PLCs
PLC simulation and debugging
Integrated firmware identification and update (PM and CM devices)
Configuration of communication protocols for TCP/IP, Modbus, CS31, IEC60870-5-104
Configuration of communication protocols for PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherCAT, CAN
C/ C++ application programming (GNU compiler)
For: AC500-eCo, AC500, AC500-XC, AC500-S Safety, AC500 local I/O modules, AC500 extension modules
Safety
engineering
   Safety PLC application programming (LD, FBD, ST)
Fieldbus protocol engineering for PROFIsafe
For: AC500-S Safety, AC500-S local I/O modules, AC500-S extension modules - mix of non-safe and safe AC500 devices possible
Control Panel engineering    Panel configuration with Panel Builder (PB610 Panel Builder 600)
Panel configuration with Panel Builder Basic (PB610-B Panel Builder 600 Basic) for CP600-eCo
PLC tag data import
For: CP600, CP600-eCo, CP600-WEB, PB610-R
Drive
engineering
   Drive application programming (IL, LD, FBD, SFC, ST) plus CFC
Drive management, configuration and diagnosis with common process data editor (Drive - PLC)
Drive engineering in Drive composer pro
For: ACS355, ACS380, ACS550, ACS580, ACS850, ACQ810, ACS880, DCT880 (1), ACSM1
Motion
engineering
   Motion application engineering with Mint WorkBench
PLC tag data import
For: MicroFlex e150, Motiflex e180
Robotics
engineering
   Robot engineering with RobotStudio Basic
Robot engineering with RobotStudio Premium
Tag interface between PLC and robot controller
For: IRC5 (on selected fieldbusses)
Solution
engineering
   PS553-DRIVES Drive library
PS552-MC-E PLCopen® Motion library
PS562-SOLAR Solar library
PS563-WATER Water library
PS564-TEMPCTRL Temperature Control library
PS565-BACnet-ASC ○ 
PS501-S Safety library  
AC500 High Availability (HA) library   
Further features    PLC Multidownload tool for large installations
OPC server and clients, service tool, PLC
gateway, IP configuration and visualization
Operating systems    Recommended: Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows 8.1 32/64-bit, Windows 10 32/64-bit
PC requirements    Minimum: 1 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 14 GB free disk space

● included
○ optional (additional license required) as integrated tool / feature / library
◊ optional (additional license required) as standalone tool / feature - not integrated in Automation Builder
(1) Run time license in drive needed, plus code N8010.

Click here to view Automation Builder 1.1 - Features and target hardware

Note: We recommend to install Automation Builder 1.2.
If you want to continue engineering your projects with Automation Builder 1.1: You can also install Automation Builder 1.2 with version profile Automation Builder 1.1.

Automation Builder 1.1
Features and target hardware
Basic
Basic system engineering
FREE
Standard
Integrated
system
engineering
Premium
Productivity
and
collaboration
Productive engineering    Integrated engineering for PLCs, safety, robots, motion, drives and control panels
Integrated tool suite installation and maintenance (online and offline)
Project handling including project archive and backup features
Project lifecycle support (version profiles and project migration)
Native language support in EN, DE, ES, FR, CN
Support of standardization and re-use by flexible configurations of machine variants
Support of re-use by cross project and cross Automation Builder instance copy&paste
ECAD roundtrip engineering - AC500 and EPLAN®
Bulk data import/export with change control to any tool via CSV (also via copy&paste)
Bulk data import/export of device and I/O lists and IEC 60870-5-104
Change management support by project compare
PLC
engineering
   PLC application programming (IL, LD, FBD, SFC, ST) plus CFC
PLC firmware update, download and online change to single or several PLCs
PLC simulation and debugging
Configuration of communication protocols for TCP/IP, Modbus, CS31, IEC60870-5-104
Configuration of communication protocols for PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherCAT, CAN
C/ C++ application programming (GNU compiler)
For: AC500-eCo, AC500, AC500-XC, AC500-S Safety, AC500 local I/O modules, AC500 extension modules
Safety
engineering
   Safety PLC application programming (LD, FBD, ST)
Fieldbus protocol engineering for PROFIsafe
For: AC500-S Safety, AC500-S local I/O modules, AC500-S extension modules - mix of non-safe and safe AC500 devices possible
Control Panel
engineering
   Panel configuration with PanelBuilder
PLC tag data import
For: CP600, CP600-WEB
Drive
engineering
   Drive application programming (IL, LD, FBD, SFC, ST) plus CFC
Drive management, configuration and diagnosis
Drive engineering in Drive composer pro
For: ACS355, ACQ810, ACS850, ACS880, DCT880 (1), ACSM1
Motion
engineering
   Motion application engineering with Mint WorkBench
PLC tag data import
For: MicroFlex e150, Motiflex e180
Robotics
engineering
   Robot engineering with RobotStudio Basic
Robot engineering with RobotStudio Premium
Tag interface between PLC and robot controller
For: IRC5 (on selected fieldbusses)
Solution
engineering
   PS553-DRIVES Drive library
PS552-MC-E PLCopen® Motion library
PS562-SOLAR Solar library
PS563-WATER Water library
PS501-S Safety library  
AC500 High Availability (HA) library
Further
features
   PLC Multidownload tool for large installations
OPC server and clients, service tool, PLC
gateway, IP configuration and visualization
Operating systems    Recommended: Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows 8.1 32/64-bit
PC requirements    Minimum: 1 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 10 GB free disk space

● included
○ optional (additional license required) as integrated tool / feature / library
◊ optional (additional license required) as standalone tool / feature - not integrated in Automation Builder
(1) Run time license in drive needed, plus code N8010.
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