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CompactLogix and ControlLogix blog index (24)
Updated on 06/11/14
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Today we update our index of CompactLogix and ControlLogix Blog articles, currently numbering 24.
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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about PlantPAx lately. Specifically about PlantPAx as it pertains to HMI and SCADA systems. While PlantPAx is a very wide and broad topic, when I get the above question it typically relates to Rockwell’s highly developed faceplates, formerly known as the “PlantPAx Library of Process Objects.” The … Read More »
Today, Ethernet is the network of choice for automation systems. In years past, Ethernet was an expensive and costly add-on. However, more and more small programmable controllers are now coming with Ethernet as standard. Below we’ll cover what is available today for small Ethernet Programmable Controllers from Allen-Bradley. Micro820 and 850 If … Read More »
If you’re still using BOOT-P to set the IP address of your USB equipped 5370 CompactLogix, today I’ll show you a much easier way. First, you’ll need a standard USB cable. This is the same type you would use with a USB printer with the familiar flat side which plugs … Read More »
It’s been a long several months. Ever since Rockwell decided to remove the “previous versions” DVD from new orders of RSLogix 5000, aka Studio 5000, confused and upset clients have been calling in. Why this second DVD was removed from the software package in the first place is still a mystery to … Read More »
It’s been just over a year since Rockwell launched Studio 5000 Logix Designer, and it seems I’m getting more questions about it now than ever before. As of version 21, Studio 5000 Logix Designer is the new name for RSLogix 5000. However, there are some changes above and beyond the product name you … Read More »
A client contacted me this week with a problem. He couldn’t get his HMI to communicate to his ControlLogix AOI’s local tags. However, what really seemed weird was that Rockwell HMI projects could do just this. So the question became, what trick was the factory using to make this possible? I was fairly … Read More »
Having used Rockwell’s Translate PLC-5 SLC utility on multiple occasions, and having discussed it’s practical use with other programmers time and again, I recently sent the following recommendations to Rockwell: INTs vs. DINTs One of easier things I would like to see changed in the “Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 utility” is the automatic … Read More »
Converting your RSLogix 500 program to RSLogix 5000 using the Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 utility step-by-step
If you have a PLC-5 or SLC-500 program you would like to import into RSLogix 5000, look no further than Rockwell’s free “Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 utility.” This utility can save you hundreds of hours of manually re-entering code, and is available free of charge from the public Rockwell Tech … Read More »
A few weeks ago, a client asked me to review his SLC-500 program files. He wanted my advice on how difficult it would be to convert them to CompactLogix. When I received his files, the first thing I did was power on my primary Windows 7 64bit virtual machine. Then I opened each of … Read More »
Over the years I’ve received many request for information about ControlLogix redundancy. During that time I’ve developed the following ten tips for new redundancy users: At a minimum you will need two processors, two communication modules, two redundancy modules, a redundancy module interconnect cable, two chassis, two power supplies, and at least one rack of whatever … Read More »
Welcome to the first article in our “Best of 2013″ series. Today we focus on our seven most popular Programmable Controller blogs. However, we should keep in mind that older blogs have a distinct advantage as they have been around much longer. And it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few … Read More »
Updated 01/06/14 (12)
When you order RSLogix 5000 these days you may not get what you were expecting. While the software’s part number hasn’t changed, the contents of the package have. So in today’s blog we’ll review exactly what you now get when you order RSLogix 5000. Studio 5000 Packaging The first thing you’ll notice is the … Read More »
It’s easy to forget that not everyone has used Rockwell’s ControlLogix. In fact, I was just reminded of this last week when I needed to review the below list of basics with a client: 1) Each new ControlLogix processor needs to have to firmware downloaded to it. Every time you open up a new ControlLogix, you’ll … Read More »
Mid-morning of the first day of Automation Fair 2013, I had the fortune of participating in a show floor meeting with Dexter Long, the CompactLogix product manager for Rockwell Automation. The meeting was to discuss the newly announced (and long desired) 1769-AENTR. As the part number implies, this is an Ethernet/IP adaptor for … Read More »
Client’s often call asking which package of RSLogix 5000 they should buy, and in the article I’ll attempt to help prospective customers answer that question. Programming Packages: RSLogix 5000 Mini, PN#9324-RLD200ENE, $805.00 The “Mini” edition of RSLogix 5000 only programs the “CompactLogix” family of controllers, and only in the ”Ladder Logic” programming … Read More »
Wait! Before you install version 20.03 you really should understand how it’s different, very different, from all previous minor revisions of RSLogix 5000. In the past, it didn’t matter if everyone in your facility had a different minor revision of RSLogix 5000. For instance, if you had version 19.00 installed, … Read More »
Estimating your Allen-Bradley (A-B) Logix controller’s Ethernet/IP bandwidth using Rockwell’s free Ethernet/IP capacity tool
When designing or upgrading a system which relies on a network, bandwidth is always a concern. But for Rockwell’s CompactLogix and ControlLogix on an Ethernet/IP network there is a free, easy to use utility to help you size your system. Rockwell’s Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool: Rockwell’s Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool, which can be freely downloaded here, allows … Read More »
Last week a colleague asked me if the inputs on the Allen-Bradley (A-B) 1769-L1xER were high speed inputs, like found on some MicroLogix. I honestly had no idea, but I was on my way back to my home office so I told him I would look it up and get back to him. … Read More »
A client recently asked me if multiple CompactLogix (or ControlLogix) processors could control the same Ethernet I/O? Since RSLogix5000 has supported Ethernet I/O, its been possible to setup two processors to control, or “own,” the same remote rack of Ethernet I/O. However, the processor which attached to the I/O first would be the … Read More »
A common client question of late is what are the abilities of the ControlLogix when is comes to adding I/O online. In certain industries, processes can’t shut down as doing so would lead to loss of production or in extreme cases damage to the production line. In these situations, the … Read More »
Rockwell’s RSLogix 5000 includes over fifty “How To” getting started videos designed to aid new users, or to introduce new features to existing users. These video “media files” which are found in the RSLogix 5000 “Start Page” often go unnoticed, as does the fact that Rockwell also makes these videos available free of charge on their Allen-Bradley … Read More »
Similar to other Allen-Bradley PLC’s, the CompactLogix and ControlLogix Controllers give you three options for loading the Controller’s memory “image” from non-volatile memory (CompactFlash, SD, etc.) These “load modes” are “User Initiated,” “On Power Up,” and ”On Corrupt Memory.” Below I’ll walk you through how to test each of these modes, of which ”On Corrupt … Read More »
A client recently called frustrated that the real time clock in his CompactLogix processor was always off by 4 hours. While I had heard this complaint in the past, since I hadn’t run into it myself I needed to do a little research to understand what this client was experiencing. I found that prior to RSLogix 5000 version 16, using a GSV (“get system variable”) instruction to … Read More »I hope the above article listing all our articles, podcasts, and videos about the Compact and ControlLogix helpful.
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