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Using The 1783-NATR To Bridge Networks

With small control teams managing already large and increasingly growing control systems, an opportunity that I have encountered is the need to remotely access programmable logic controllers for various reasons, including troubleshooting as well as performing administration tasks. Often, the...

PanelView Standard to SLC-500 & MicroLogix over DH-485 (Video S30)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use PanelBuilder 32 to create and download a program to a PanelView Standard to communicate to a SLC-5/03 and MicroLogix PLCs over a Data Highway 485 network: For...

How to Download and Upload Mitsubishi PLC Programs using GX Works3

In this walk-thru we'll look at downloading and uploading to Mitsubishi FX5 and iQ-R controllers. The same setup was used in the previous Mitsubishi PLC series which includes the preceding (pre-requisite) document with step-by-step on how to connect. Like any other...

ControlLogix Reading Data From CompactLogix, SLC-500, MicroLogix over Ethernet (Video S29)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use the MSG (Message) Instruction in the ControlLogix to read data from CompactLogix, SLC-500, and MicroLogix over Ethernet: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

Logix CIP Security Changes Lead To Integration Issues

One of the gratifying opportunities in the life of a control system’s engineer is to successfully upgrade a legacy system to a newer system with more features and capabilities. We, as automation specialists in general, love to obtain the newest...

First Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC Program using GX Works 3 (Video S28B)

In part 2 of this episode of The Automation Show, I create and test my first program for a Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 28B Show Notes: Support...

Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC Unboxing, GX Works 3 Download, Installation (Video S28A)

In part 1 of this episode of The Automation Show, I unbox a Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC, then register, download, and install the programming software, GX Works 3: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation...

ControlLogix Reading Data From PLC-5 and SLC-500 over DH Plus (Video S27)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how you can use the MSG (Message) Instruction in the ControlLogix to read data from the PLC-5 and SLC-500 over a Data Highway Plus network: For more information, check out...

New Year's Resolution: Learning New Skills

Resolutions are a tradition of good intentions that rarely make it through the first month of the year. The dreams of exercise and weight loss are usually soon clouded by a schedule that doesn’t allow for the results that...
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Controls and Automation: The Physical and Mental Demands

I started in controls and automation at the age of nineteen, nearly twenty years ago. At the time, I had no idea what lay in store for my future and, little did I know, I was right where I...

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