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Mitsubishi iQ-F FX-5 PLC Overview (Video, TAP 48A)

In part one of this week's episode of The Automation Podcast, Jeff Brown from Mitsubishi provides us with an overview of the iQ-F line of small PLCs: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the...

HMI and SCADA Performance and Optimization

“These displays take forever to load!” It's a common and very audible frustration I've heard in many control rooms over the course of my career. And I have to admit, these complaints are often quite valid. I've personally observed it taking...

First Time Using A Siemens Basic Panel (Video, TAS 23)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I connect a Siemens KTP-700 Basic Panel to a S7-1200 for the first time: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366830832 w=750 h=420] The Automation Show, Episode...

Connecting PLCs and Sensors to the Cloud

Life would be so easy if there were only one PLC manufacturer, one Communication Protocol, and just one Cloud Solution. Unfortunately, since this is not the case you'll want to find a solution that will cover as many different "constellations"...

How To Connect IoT Devices To PLCs With No Programming Knowledge

Connecting PLCs to IoT devices like the Raspberry Pi in order to read and write data to a PLC generally requires the programming knowledge needed to develop communication drivers. But in today's article I'll show you how you can connect...

How to add ControlNet Flex I/O to ControlLogix (Article & Video, TAS 22)

In today's article (and video) I walk through how to add ControlNet Flex I/O to a ControlLogix system: NOTE: This article is not a comprehensive ControlNet tutorial, so if you're not already familiar with ControlNet you'll likely want to learn...

Maintenance Management Of Programmable Controllers

Programmable Controllers are the brains behind high industrial performance today. And because they are so critical to the operation of so many facilities, it's very important to do what you can to avoid unplanned failures of your Programmable Controllers. Maintenance Management...

Regaining Control Of Your Control Systems: Begin With Housekeeping

Have you ever ventured into a server room or opened a control panel which contained mission critical equipment, and just looked right past legacy equipment that hasn’t been used in years? Like old parts propped up in a corner, and...

Things To Consider When Planning An IIoT Implementation

One topic that is taking over many conversations, and decisions involving control integration, is that of the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT). This has been expanded to IIoT (Industrial IoT) which some celebrate as a major part of the...

How to add Ethernet Flex I/O to ControlLogix (Article & Video, TAS 21)

In today's article (and video) I walk through how to add Ethernet Flex I/O to a ControlLogix System: Step 1) To start, open your RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000 project and find your Ethernet communications module under I/O Configuration. Once...

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