SLC-500 and MicroLogix blog index (26)

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SLC-500 and MicroLogix blog index (26)

Updated on 06/25/14

NOTE: You can view the new version of this article HERE.

Today we update our index of SLC-500 and MicroLogix Blog articles, currently numbering 26.

If there’s a new topic you’d like to see covered, please let us know by filling in the “leave a reply” form at the bottom of this page.

Flashback Friday! RSLogix 500 Top Ten Sort

FF RSLogix-500-Top-Ten-Sort-FiMay 23, 2014

Welcome to The Automation Blog’s “Flashback Friday!” This blog series highlights automation articles and content that I originally posted on my previous website(s) between 1999 to 2013. Today I’m highlighting an RSLogix 500 program I wrote for the SLC-500. In the early spring of 2000, a good friend of mine asked for help creating a program that would sort racers based … Read More »

Small Allen-Bradley (A-B) Ethernet Programmable Controllers

Small Ethernet PLC's from A-BMay 19, 2014

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 »

MicroLogix 1500 Expansion I/O

ML1500-XIO-MODULEApril 23, 2014

The MicroLogix 1500′s base I/O can be expanded using the popular line of 1769 expansion I/O, also known as Compact I/O. In this article we’ll describe the details of how this is accomplished. The right side of the MicroLogix 1500 I/O base is equipped with a 1769 expansion I/O port. Out of the box … Read More »

MicroLogix 1500 Installation and Mounting

ML1500-TBApril 21, 2014

As seen on The Automation Minute earlier this week, the MicroLogix 1500 comes with an extensive installation document. That document is also available electronically on the manufacturer’s website HERE. While these “installation instructions” cover many different topics, in this blog article I’ll be focusing on the installation and mounting of the controller. To … Read More »

The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1500

Ml1500-frontApril 16, 2014

In 1999, five years after the launch of the MicroLogix 1000, the first entry in Rockwell’s second generation of MicroLogix family was released. The MicroLogix 1500 was substantially different from the MicroLogix 1000 in many ways, the most obvious being the fact that it’s Processor was removable from the I/O base. Also unlike … Read More »

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MicroLogix 1200 Expansion I/O

ML1200-XIO-CONNECTEDApril 14, 2014

The MicroLogix 1200′s base I/O can be expanded using 1762  I/O modules. In this article we’ll describe the details of how this is accomplished. The right front of the MicroLogix 1200 has a small cover over top of a 1762 I/0 expansion port, and the first step in adding 1762 I/O to a MicroLogix 1200 is to power … Read More »

MicroLogix 1200 Installation and Mounting

ML1200-TB-FIApril 9, 2014

As seen on The Automation Minute earlier this week, the MicroLogix 1200 comes with an extensive installation document. That document is also available electronically on the manufacturer’s website HERE. While these “installation instructions” cover many different topics, in this blog article I’ll be focusing on the installation and mounting of the controller. To … Read More »

The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1200

ML1200-FRONT-FIApril 7, 2014

In the year 2000, six years after the MicroLogix 1000 launch and one year after the launch of the MicroLogix 1500, the MicroLogix 1200 was released into the market. This new MicroLogix represented the lower end of Allen-Bradley’s second generation of Micro hardware, with the MicroLogix 1500 representing the higher end. The 1200 was released in two … Read More »

Free MicroLogix 1000 (and 1100) Programming Software

Download free programming software for MicroLogix 4April 4, 2014

How to get free programming software for the MicroLogix 1000 and MicroLogix 1100: Step 1: Visit www.AB.com Step 2: Search for MicroLogix Downloads Step 3: Choose the second link in the return results Step 4: Click on RSLogix Micro Starter Lite Step 5: Choose your save location and download Optional … Read More »

MicroLogix 1000 Installation and Mounting

ML1000-Mount FIApril 2, 2014

As seen on The Automation Minute earlier this week, the MicroLogix 1000 comes with an extensive installation document. This document is also available on the manufacturer’s website HERE. While these “installation instructions” cover many different topics, in this blog article I’ll be focusing on the mounting of the controller. To allow for installation … Read More »

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The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1000

MicroLogix 1000March 31, 2014

Launched in 1994, the MicroLogix 1000 was the first Micro PLC released from Allen-Bradley. Seen as a replacement for the bulky SLC-500 Fixed unit, the MicroLogix 1000 was substantially smaller and less expensive. However, the MicroLogix 1000 initially only came in two versions: 16 I/O and 32 I/O. And, unlike … Read More »

Micro PLC support for HSC and PTO Functions

MicroLogix Family Featured ImageMarch 19, 2014

Recently, a client asked me which A-B Micro PLC’s supported HSC and PTO functions, as well as how fast each is. Below is the results of my research: Note: The below are best case based on choosing the DC I/O model of the Micro with the most high speed digital inputs … Read More »

Changes I would like to see made to Rockwell’s Translate PLC-5 SLC utility

Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 Featured ImageFebruary 4, 2014

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

Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 Step by Step Featured ImageJanuary 22, 2014

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 »

Working around the Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 utility’s syntax error

Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 Featured ImageJanuary 20, 2014

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 »

The Automation Blog’s “Best Of 2013″ Programmable Controller blogs

Best of 2013 PLC Blogs Featured ImageDecember 30, 2013

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 »

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Updated 01/24/14 (10)

Rockwell’s Pump Station Controller Pre-packaged Solution

Pump Station Controller Pre-packaged Solution Featured ImageDecember 20, 2013

Continuing this week’s theme of profiling Rockwell’s free application code, today we’ll take a look at their Pump Station Controller Pre-packaged Solution. Similar to the CCBB and CCAT we previously reviewed, Rockwell’s Pump Station Controller is designed around “component” level devices, specifically the MicroLogix 1400 and PanelView Component. Similar to CCBB … Read More »

Rockwell’s Connected Components Building Blocks

Connected Components Building BlocksDecember 16, 2013

Rockwell’s Connected Components Building Blocks (or CCBB for short) is quite possibly the best kept secrete on AB.com. In an apparent effort to answer the long standing call for sample code, Rockwell launched the CCBB initiative years ago. And in my experience, I have to say they did a very good … Read More »

Why the Allen-Bradley (A-B) 1747-PIC always had trouble working in Microsoft Windows

1747-PIC vs Windows Featured ImageOctober 9, 2013

Over the years I’ve heard more than my fair share of complaints about Allen-Bradley’s 1747-PIC’s lack of Microsoft Windows support. In fact, every time I now hear someone complain I can’t help but say, “It’s a DOS product! From 1990! What other ‘90 products do you have that support Windows … Read More »

Which Allen-Bradley MicroLogix PLC models support Modbus

MicroLogix Family Featured ImageOctober 8, 2013

It’s a common question that clients ask, “Which MicroLogix’s support Modbus?” In this article I’ll detail the answer. MicroLogix 1000 Today’s MicroLogix 1000 still has just one Mini-Din RS-232 “Channel 0″ communication port limited to DF1 and DH-485. So for applications requiring Modbus you’ll need to look elsewhere, as the … Read More »

How to find the MAC and IP address on the MicroLogix 1400

MicroLogix1400 Find MAC and IPSeptember 12, 2013

The MicroLogix 1400 is one of the few Allen-Bradley PLC’s with a small LCD display and navigation keys on the front of the unit, and these can be used to find the PLC’s MAC and IP address. Displayed once? This built-in LCD display is actually quite functional, allowing users to access a lot of information about the PLC. However, … Read More »

Adding a MicroLogix to a DH-485 network

MicroLogix and DH485September 10, 2013

Yesterday we discussed replacing a Fixed SLC-500 with a MicroLogix. However, if the replaced SLC was on a DH-485 network, most ikely the replacement will also need to be. What is DH-485? DH-485 is a protocol that was originally only available in the SLC-500 family of PLC’s via RS-485 ports dedicated for that purpose. However, … Read More »

Replace a Fixed SLC-500 (1747-Lxxx) with a MicroLogix

Fixed SLC-500 to MicroLogix 1200September 9, 2013

Recently a client called asking what I thought would be the best PLC to replace a Fixed SLC-500. Specifically he was looking to replace a 1747-L40A. To pick a replacement we first needed to understand what this part number represents, and we covered this in detail in our last article here. We found that the 1747-L40A consisted of (24) … Read More »

The Fixed Style SLC-500

Fixed SLC-500 Featured ImageSeptember 6, 2013

Recently a client called asking what I thought would be the best replacement for a 1747-L40A. But to understand how to size a replacement for this PLC, we’ll first need to understand what that part number represents. In this article I’ll review the models that make up the Fixed Style SLC-500 family of products. Back in … Read More »
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Beginner’s  PLC

Micro 810 and MicroLogix 1000August 26, 2013

So you’re new to the world of PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers) and are looking to buy a beginner’s PLC to work with at home. I’m going to assume you’re on a budget, so getting the most “bang for your buck” will be important. You also may not own a 24vdc power supply, … Read More »

Free Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Automation (RA) software (part 1)

Rockwell Automation and Allen-Bradley Free Software Downloads LinkJuly 22, 2013

Rockwell Automation has a reputation of charging for their PLC programming software, and that’s true for most of the packages that program their Programmable Controllers. However, RA does make several software packages available free of charge, and I’ll detail those over the next two days. Click here for the second part of this article We’ll start at the Rockwell … Read More »

I hope the above article listing all our articles, podcasts, and videos about the SLC-500 and MicroLogix was helpful.

If you have a comment, question, or suggestion, please feel free to leave them with us by filling out the “leave a reply” field at the bottom of this page.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Consultant
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