Insider News for May and June (Patron Only)

Note: Insider News articles and videos cover behind the scenes topics at The Automation Blog, Podcast and Show exclusively for our supporters at http://patreon.com/automation. Insider News for May and June, 2020 Thank you all for your continued support! I hope everyone is...

Setting the Password in Your Stratix Switch

One of the things I love the most about working with industrial control systems in the OT (Operational Technology) environment is that you never do the same thing every day. One day you may be troubleshooting operational issues, and the...

Capture and Average a Value with FFL, FFU, and AVE Instructions

In a previous article regarding ControlLogix processor faults, I mentioned one of the ways a processor can be faulted was by causing an array to go out of bounds when using an FFL and FFU instruction. These instructions are commonly...

ControlLogix Processor Faults

Years ago, I was in the middle of a normal day of work when I got a call on the radio that a conveyor had stopped, and then I was informed that the entire process around that conveyor had...

Get A TIA Portal License For $35! (Limited Time Offer)

In yesterday's article we discussed how you can get a free, twenty-one day trail license of TIA Portal directly from Siemens' Website. Today we'll take a look at a special "2020" promotion Siemens is running to help those working from...

How To Find Your Local Siemens Automation Distributor

Since we expanded our coverage to include all industrial automation products last year, Siemens has been one of the most helpful vendors to work with. But if you're new to Siemens like I am, you may not know who you're...

Controls and Automation Safety

Thinking back over my last twenty years in manufacturing, I can recall several lessons and “wake up” calls that helped me mature in my personal attitude towards safety. Yes, if you mentioned safety to me when I was twenty years...

String Selection from Binary Input

Do you have a machine that you need to get data from? And do you need to send that data to another device but the machine lacks networking capabilities? In this article I'll show how to get data a your...

IoT Architecture: Allen-Bradley PLCs to Amazon AWS

In this article, we'll review an example of a complete IoT system based loosely on the system our team recently deployed. If you're new to IoT, you may wish to first read my "How IoT Works" article here. In the...

Insider News for March & April 2020 (Patron Only)

Note: Insider News articles and videos cover behind the scenes topics at The Automation Blog, Podcast and Show exclusively for our supporters at http://patreon.com/automation. Insider News for 04/29/20 Thank you all for your continued support! I hope everyone is staying safe and...