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Selecting Components For A ControlLogix System

You've been asked to put together a bill of materials for a control system based on Rockwell's ControlLogix architecture, and after spending some time on the Rockwell website you might feel like your drinking...

Using Function Blocks in the S7-1200

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When we develop programs in any application, it's important for the project to be as efficient, as consistent, and as accurate as possible. Something that Siemens has incorporated into their PLC’s to help with efficiently...

Connecting a Siemens HMI Basic Panel to ControlLogix

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The KTP700 Basic HMI includes a feature that also allows it to connect to PLC systems other than Siemens PLC’s. This could be of helpful to those looking for a single HMI model that...

Technology Object – PID_Compact

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So far in this series I've created a functioning PLC program in my S7-1200, and an HMI project in my Basic Panel to manipulate and operate the program. Now I'm looking to enhance my application...

Siemens HMI Basic Panel – First Graphic Display

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Now that I have my KTP700 Basic HMI included in my TIA Portal Project, it is time to create a couple of graphical displays that will allow me to interact with the program that...

Siemens HMI Basic Panel – First Project

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I've been working through my “Home Sprinkler System” project, and now have an S7-1200 PLC that contains a small but functioning program that will run a sequence of sprinklers around my lawn. The next step...

PLCnext: The Next Generation of PLCs (P68)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Ira Sharp from Phoenix Contact to get up to speed on their next gen PLC line, PLCnext. For more information, check out the "Show...

S7-1200 First Program – Home Sprinkler System

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In my previous articles I've covered installing and licensing the TIA Portal software, setting up and configuring the CPU and I/O modules, as well as compiling and downloading a program, and then going online...

TIA Portal First Steps: Add CPU, Configure, and Download

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In my last few articles I've covered unboxing my new Siemens Starter Kit, assembling the hardware, connecting power, installing and licensing the TIA Portal software, and creating my first project. In this article, I will...

Licensing and Opening TIA Portal for the First Time

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In my first article on the Siemens Starter Kit, which includes the S7-1200 FailSafe CPU, I covered unboxing and contents, powering up the unit and loading the Simatic software. The next step seems to be...

Siemens S7-1200FC Failsafe Starter-Kit

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Since the beginning of my career back in 2000, I have worked with quite a few different automation vendors and products. The first PLC I ever touched was an old Allen Bradley SLC 100, and...

How To Use Moxa's Remote Connection Gateways

Learn how to use Moxa's Remote Connection Gateways and Client Software in this episode of Automation Tech Tips. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  Automation Tech Tips Episode 1 Show...

Honeywell Experion Controllers with PM I/O

Many Distributed Control Systems (DCS) that were created in the 1970s and 1980s were developed with proprietary hardware and software. These Distributed Control Systems were very robust, and many are continuing to operate until this...

First Look: MOXA Ethernet Switch, EDS-2005-EL

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We take a first look at the EDS-2005-EL Ethernet Switch from MOXA in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 7 Show Notes: Special thanks to Moxa for sending us a...

First Look: Wago Pro 2 Power Supply

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We take a first look at the Pro 2 Power Supply from Wago in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 6 Show Notes: Special thanks to Wago for sending us...

Most Popular Rockwell Tech Notes Of 2020

With another year nearly in the books, I wanted to take a moment to review what links our 300,000+ readers clicked on the most in 2020. Topping the list were the dozens of links to...

Real-Time Maintenance in Industrial Automation (P67)

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Learn about Real-Time Maintenance applications and IFM's products for those applications in this episode of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple, Google,...

First Look: MTP1500 Unified Comfort Panel HMI from Siemens

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We take a first look at the MTP1500 Unified Comfort Panel from Siemens, in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5, Episode 5 Show Notes: Special thanks to Siemens for sending us...

IFM Encoder to S7-1500 HSC (S50B)

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Learn how to connect and use an Encoder with an S7-1500 High Speed Counter Input and Technology Object in TIA Portal in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show...

SMC EX600 Industrial Wireless (P66)

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Learn about SMC's EX600 Industrial Wireless Communications and IO system in this episode of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen to Podcast: The Automation...