From pushbuttons to PLCs

Rockwell Automation has introduced RAISE, a family of software applications that can assist engineers in the design of control systems.

RAISE (Rockwell Automation Integrated Software Environment) is a free software package that provides a range of tools for product selection, data management, engineering and documentation functions.

These include ABECAD, MCS Star, Product Library, Proposal Builder, Rail Builder, RFQ Builder and User Defined Devices.

Anyone involved in the design of control panels can use the RAISE software to find catalogue numbers, generate detailed Requests For Quote (RFQ) and produce CAD layouts.

ABECAD is a library of AutoCAD drawings of Allen-Bradley products that also functions as a product and drawing selection utility. Once loaded onto a CAD station’s hard drive, ABECAD runs behind AutoCAD, giving access to 3D and 2D drawings of over 11,000 Allen-Bradley products from pushbuttons to PLCs.

The library can be searched either by part number or by text description, enabling all users, irrespective of their level of familiarity with the Allen-Bradley range, to find the correct product drawing. For users that do not have access to AutoCAD, the drawings can also be downloaded in DXF format.

MCS Star 4 configuration software provides a graphical interface that allows developers to design electrical control systems using Allen-Bradley’s Modular Control System (MCS). The software allows the user to configure Allen-Bradley MCS Starters using the company’s new 141A MCS Mounting System.

RFQ Builder is a request-for-quote tool. It includes product selection assistance for most Allen-Bradley products, bill of material generation, and supplements (including configuration data, dimensions, one-line diagrams and specification information) for many products.

The new ‘User Defined Devices’ application will allow designers to create their own library of products that can be used from within RFQ Builder, ABECAD and ABECAD Clipboard.

RAISE software is Windows based and available free of charge. It can be downloaded from or is available on CD-ROM by e-mailing

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