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Memorial Weekend Sale: Save an additional 10%!

Memorial Day Weekend long sale on all our courses and bundles! This weekend only, you can save an additional 10% on all of our courses AND bundles by using our Memory Day 2019 coupon code at checkout! Memorial Weekend Coupon Code:...
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What's New at The Automation Blog for May, 2019 (video)

In today's video I update our visitors on what's new here at Insights in Automation and The Automation Blog for May, 2019:

Programmable Controller Course Starter Packs Now Available

If you (or someone you know would) like to learn how to setup and program Programmable Controllers, you can now save up to 20% with our new "multi-course" starter packs starting at just $99.99. Our Standard Starter Pack includes both...

Metal Stamping and Can Making

In today's article I'll share the best video tutorials I've found covering how metal stamp presses work, what common functions are automated, and the processes used to make aluminum beverage cans. The Why: New Lessons So you may be asking why...

PLC Basics Kickstarter Celebrates Five Year Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary, PLC Basics! Five years ago this month, on May 2nd, 2014, my Kickstarter campaign to create an affordable PLC video course was successfully funded thanks to forty five awesome people who believed in my vision to produce affordable...

Point I/O vs Flex I/O

A reader recently asked what the difference was between Point I/O and Flex I/O, and in today's article I'll share my thoughts on the subject. Note: Those not familiar with Rockwell's I/O products may also want to consider 1756 I/O,...
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Automation Q & A for April, 2019 (video)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show we review viewer questions on a wide range of topics: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. The Automation Show, Episode 13 Show Notes: Free Video Downloads For Patrons! We...

The Siemens S7-1200

The Simatic S7-1200 is Siemens's programmable controller aimed at stand-alone and basic automation applications, and is often referred to as their Basic or Compact controller. From my perspective as a long time Rockwell user, the S7-1200 seems to be most similar...

Fatal Application Error Encountered in Studio 5000 Logix Designer

As I was prepping to film additional lessons for my CompactLogix course yesterday, I ran into a completely new Studio 5000 Logix Designer "Fatal Error" that I hadn't run into before. After I duplicated the issue on two different PCs,...
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First Look: Connected Components Workbench 12 (video)

We take a first look at the new features of Connected Components Workbench version 12 in this week's episode of The Automation Show : For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. The Automation Show, Episode 12...