Automated Downtime Tracking the Right Way, Part 1

I have been chasing OEE and throughput improvements my entire career; it is a way of life in manufacturing. The first step to enable your operations team to improve OEE, is to provide the data of what the machine is...

What's New With Siemens PLCs and HMIs (Video, S43)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I share my top picks from the Siemens Manufacturing In America 2020 virtual event's PLC and HMI presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode...

Online Training Sale! Save Up To 60%

Do you know someone who would like to learn to setup, program, and troubleshoot Allen-Bradley products including the ControlLogix, CompactLogix, ViewSE, PanelView Plus, Micro800, CCW, and more? If you do, please pass on to them that I'm running a summer...

What's New With Logix and View? (Video, S42)

In this episode of The Automation Show I share my top picks from Rockwell's ROKLive Logix and View Presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 42 Show Notes: Quick Link to Rockwell's...

3D Printing Applications In Manufacturing Processes

3D printing is the latest in a long line of technologies and innovations that have transformed and evolved the manufacturing industry. As 3D printing technology and materials have advanced, the process has expanded its footprint from primarily a prototyping...

Siemens Unified Comfort Panels (P56)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, we take a look at the new line of HMI's from Siemens, the Unified Comfort Panels: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast: [vimeo 429599878 w=750 h=420] Listen...

Adding Serial Ports to Windows 10 and VMware (S41)

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In this episode of The Automation Show we unbox a new two port PCIe Serial Port card, install it, and then configure it in Windows 10, VMware Waorkstation, and RSLinx Classic: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located...

An E300 Overload Module in a Studio 5000 Application

In a previous article I discussed setting the dip switches, applying 24 VDC power,  and using a web browser to modify the configuration in an Allen Bradley E300 Module. In this article, I want to go a bit further and...

Product First Look: Mech-Lock (P55)

In this episode of The Automation Podcast, we sit down with Bryan Auz and take a look at his new product, Mech-Lock: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast: [vimeo 429594444 w=750 h=420] Listen to...

Getting Started with an A-B E300 Overload Module

When I was hired at my first professional job in September of 2000, I would soon learn that the facility I was being hired at would undergo a very large expansion in the next nine months. One aspect of that...