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The Automation Blog's SLC-500 Blog Index (36) Updated on 09/10/2018 With the recent slew of SLC-500 questions coming into The Automation Forums and The Automation School, I thought it'd...

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...
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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...

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...

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

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 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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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!

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...
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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...

This Week's Insights, our new automation email newsletter

This Week's Insights Keep up to date with all the articles, videos, and podcasts we publish each week by subscribing to our new automation email newsletter! Along with...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix L61B Processor

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix 5561 Processor I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this is one of the best prices I've seen...

Will you be attending Rockwell's Automation Fair next month?

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

Deal of the Week: CompactLogix L18 Processor

Deal of the Week: CompactLogix 5370 Processor I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this is one of the best prices I've seen...

What CompactLogix or ControlLogix topics would you like to see articles and videos about

Question of the Week: What CompactLogix or ControlLogix topics would you like to see articles and videos about? I'm taking this week's question in a different direction...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix L55 Processors

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix L5555 Processor I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and it's hard to pass up this price, especially from...

Do you know someone who needs PanelView Plus training?

Question of the Week: Do you know someone who needs PanelView Plus training? In this week's question, we're asking if you or someone you know needs PanelView Plus...

Do you know someone who needs CompactLogix or ControlLogix training?

Question of the Week: Do you know someone who needs CompactLogix or ControlLogix training? In this week's question we're asking you if you know someone who...

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A few weeks ago in the "Question of the Week," I asked which product or topic our readers would like to see more articles on. The...

Deal of the Week: Micro PLC's and Cables

The Automation Blog's Deals of the Week: I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and the ones below caught my eye this week: Note: Below...
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Micro800 Training Course

If you've visited TheAutomationMinute.com lately, you've seen that I've started publishing a series of videos on the Micro800. Part of the reason for this is, while I...

Do you use the Allen-Bradley Micro800 line of PLCs?

Question of the Week: Do you use the Allen-Bradley Micro800 line of PLCs? In this week's question we're asking you if you use the Allen-Bradley Micro800 line...
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The Engineers Are Leaving – what to do before they do

The day has finally arrived.  FAT and SAT tests are complete.  All punch list items are closed. The commissioning engineers are about to leave your...
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Deal of the Week: Four Channel Universal Analog In

Deal of the Week: 2080sc-IF4U Four Channel Universal Analog In I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this one seemed too good to pass...

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