Exchange Data Between Simatic S7 PLCs on Different Subnets

Easy data exchange between two Siemens Simatic S7 PLCs on different Ethernet subnets using a PN/PN Coupler Suppose you have two Simatic S7 PLCs, like...

On Sale: Seasons 1-4 of The Automation Minute

[vimeo 266378511 w=800 h=450] Seasons one through four of The Automation Minute are now on sale for just $9.99 each! And for anyone who would like...
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Where Do You Get Your Automation News Online?

Many of us can't afford the time or expense required to travel to industry trade shows to learn what's new and coming in industrial...

Early Access - View SE Basics Course

The Automation School is now offering an "Early Access" sale for the new View SE Basics course.  http://theautomationschool.com. In this course students will learn how...

Upgrading Legacy Winder and Slitter Positioning Control Systems

In today's article, Jeff Turcotte of PLC Concepts discusses winder and slitter positioning control system upgrades, and how his company's upgrades increase throughput and...

Mega Savings on our Mega Bundle!

The Automation School is now offering a "Mega Digital Bundle" with mega savings.  When you purchase this bundle you will have digital access to...

PAC Basics Course - More Options

The Automation School is pleased to announce that we are now offering two PAC Basics Courses.  You now have the option of a shorter...

Connecting ControlLogix to Simatic S7-300 via Ethernet

In this article I'll walk you through how to setup a connection between an Allen Bradley CompactLogix 1769-L36ERM controller, and a Siemens Simatic S7-300...

Robots Defeat Humans on Foosball Playing Field

Robotics is a field of study which is experiencing constant progress. People are wondering how they can improve or make a groundbreaking discovery in...

New Micro800 lessons on PowerFlex, PanelView, and more!

The world's highest rated Micro800 course, Nano Basics, just got better! We've recently added new lessons covering Expansion I/O, Modbus, Ethernet, VFDs, and HMIs! In the...

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017

It's been a great year for The Automation Blog! We've had a record number of visitors to our site this year, and we continue to...

A New Look & What's Coming for 2018!

We are pleased to announce that our newly updated business site, Insights In Automation, now provides you with all of our automation resources in one...

Happy Holidays!

Good morning, Just a quick post to wish you all a very Happy Holiday week! Sincerely, Shawn Tierney Automation Instructor and Blogger

New Micro800 Lessons on Plug-in Analog Outputs and Universal Analog Inputs

Our five-star rated Micro800 course, Nano Basics, receives new lessons on using Analog Outputs and Universal Analog Inputs! In the first of two new new...

Ask Me Anything about the PanelView Standard

In the coming weeks I'll be filming a new "PanelView Standard" quick start course, and in the below video I ask for your PanelView Standard questions: https://youtu.be/tF4QjyIC53g So please Ask Me Anything...

The Automation School Upgraded!

So you may have been wondering where I've been for the last few weeks? Well, I've spent most of my free time upgrading The Automation School's...

The Automation Blog Celebrates Its Four Year Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary TAB! Did you know The Automation Blog turned four years old last month? And that during that time we've had over half a million unique...
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Update: We've Moved

Just a quick announcement than after Friday's outage we have decided to move to a new webhost. During the move which will take place over...

Pledge Drive And Goal

Managing the advertising on a network websites is time consuming. And honestly, it's time taken away from what I enjoy doing most: Sharing how-to knowledge about...

Happy Holidays from The Automation Blog!

With the holidays upon us, I wanted to take this moment to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday! I had hoped to have...

More ControlLogix Lessons Added!

The number of free Add-on Instructions available for the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controller platform is quite impressive. Just between the AOIs available from Rockwell's...

USB to Data Highway Plus using the ANC-120e, a lower cost alternative to the...

In today's episode of The Automation Podcast I take a look at the ANC-120e USB to Data Highway Plus converter from Automation Networks. Now you may...

New ControlLogix Lesson Added!

One of the most requested topics for my ControlLogix course has been the creating and using of Add-on Instructions (AOIs) And today I'm happy to...

New ControlLogix Lessons Added!

The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controller platform is a powerful and versatile programmable controller line. However, it can also be quite intimidating for those new...

This Week On The Automation Minute

This week on The Automation Minute On Tuesday I walked through exporting and importing Rungs in RSLogix / Studio 5000: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdiUoODqhgo?rel=0] On Wednesday I walked through...

ControlLogix Training Now Available At The Automation School

Today I'm happy to announce that my new ControlLogix training course, PAC Basics, is now available to take online at TheAutomationSchool.com. This new edition of...

Enrollment now open at The Automation School

Today I'm happy to announce that enrollment in online courses at TheAutomationSchool.com is now open! While The Automation School website had previously hosted a couple...

The Automation Podcast Episode 34: Automation Fair 2016

I share my thoughts about Automation Fair 2016 including what's new in Logix, Studio, and View in episode 34 of The Automation Podcast. Related: Links to the...

Serial Communications – If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

I’ll be the first to admit it, serial communications (RS-232) is so 1980’s.  However, it is also relatively easy to install and support and...
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New Comment System Testing Underway...

Good morning to all our visitors and regular readers! First let me take a moment to thank you for our biggest month yet! This August we had...
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Will you be attending Automation Fair 2016?

Question of the Week: Will you be attending Rockwell's Automation Fair 2016 in Atlanta? Automation Fair is Rockwell's annual event which includes a trade show, industry forums, hands-on labs...

PVP Basics now on sale on DVD and Digital!

I'm happy to announce my PVP Basics course is now available in two versions, and on sale from $30 to $38. Both editions contain over...

Looking for input on my next course covering the Compact and ControlLogix

As you may have already heard, I just released the second edition of my PLC Basics course. With that done, I'm now preparing to move on...

UCI Hyperloop Team "HyperXite" Compete for Clean Transportation of the Future

Editor's Note: I've had the distinct pleasure of consulting for the UCI HyperXite team, and in appreciation they have provided this "guest post" for readers of...

What do you think of Rockwell's new website?

Question of the Week: What do you think of Rockwell's new website? Over the weekend I went up to AB.com to grab some manuals and low...

Are you planning on attending Rockwell's TechED this June?

Question of the Week: Are you planning on attending Rockwell Automation's TechED in June? Last week I received the annual email inviting me to sign-up for Rockwell Automation's TechED event. This...

I can't download to my PanelView Plus 7?

Reader Question: I have a PanelView Plus 7 400 and FactoryTalk View Studio 8.0, but cannot download my project to the PanelView Plus? I've also...

This Week On The Automation Podcast

This week on The Automation Podcast Wednesday in episode 33 of The Automation Podcast I shared what I learned in my first year as a Lego...

This Week On The Automation Minute

This week on The Automation Minute Last Friday I discussed what I think is the best PLC to learn on: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBuBk85Osu4?rel=0] This Thursday I released a three...

Insights Inbox: Best PLC to use in a College Course?

In today's edition of "Insight's Inbox" we answer a reader's question about what we think would be the best PLC to use in a...

New free Logix getting started course now available!

As a follow-up to the free VMware Workstation course I released earlier this month, I'm proud to announce the release of a new free course,...

Happy New Year from Insights In Automation!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2016! - Insights in Automation

Merry Christmas from Insights In Automation!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Learn to use VMware

Knowing how to use virtualization software is must have knowledge for today's controls engineer. For designers developing code for new control systems, utilizing a virtualized system insures that the...

The Future of The Automation Blog

Good morning readers! As we approach the end of 2015, I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts with you on the future of The...

Which industrial network do you have the most devices installed on?

Question of the Week: In your facility today, which industrial network do you have the most devices installed on? After spending a couple of weeks blogging...

This Week On The Automation Minute

This week on The Automation Minute Last Tuesday I unboxed a brand new CompactLogix L16: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-hcH6gnvEg?rel=0] Monday I announced AutomationTutorials.com: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctQVlZ_o7UM?rel=0] Thursday I walked through how to use a...
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Top New Products Revealed At Automation Fair 2015

Question of the Week: What do you think will be the most popular new product(s) revealed at Automation Fair this week? Automation Fair 2015 is now underway and in this...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix Processors, Racks, Comm Modules

Deals of the Week: I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this week I've come across three on ControlLogix:   1756-L55, Ethernet, I/O Modules, PS...

The Automation Podcast Returns!

After a year's absence The Automation Podcast returns with it's most jam packed episode to date! And you'll not only find this new episode on iTunes and TheAutomationPodcast.com, but you can...