What's New in View, AF2018

One of my favorite Automation Fair Technical Sessions is "What's New in View," and in today's article I'll highlight the slides that caught my...

What's New in Logix, AF2018

One of my favorite Automation Fair Technical Sessions is "What's New in Logix," and in today's article I'll highlight the slides that caught my...

How To Download Automation Fair 2018 Presentations

If, like me, you couldn't afford the time away from work to hobnob with friends and colleagues at this year's Automation Fair, don't fret! Thanks...
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Automation Fair 2018: Are You Going?

One of my connections recently reached out to ask if I planned on attending Automation Fair this year, which got me wondering if you...

How To Use Rockwell's New Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool

In today's article I'll show you how to use Rockwell's new Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool. The replacement for Rockwell's discontinued Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool can now be...

How To Enable Legacy PLCs In Integrated Architecture Builder

So you've updated Rockwell's Integrated Architecture Builder to gain access to new devices like the 5580 and 5380 Controllers. Then later you realize you can...

How To Download, Use, and Update Rockwell's Integrated Architecture Builder

In today's article I walk you through how to find, download, install, use, and update Rockwell's free Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) software. 1) Start by...

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...

Find Allen-Bradley Parts and Prices with Proposal Works

In this article I'll walk you through the process of looking up Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software Catalog Numbers and Prices by downloading, installing, and...

Your Local Rockwell Rep

A common question my students ask is about who should they call to purchase Allen-Bradley Software and Hardware. To address this I send them a...

New Flex 5000 I/O

Welcome to part nine of the nine part series covering my choices for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

CompactLogix 5480

Welcome to part eight of the nine part series covering my choices for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

GaurdLogix 5580

Welcome to part seven of the nine part series covering my choices for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

Compact GuardLogix 5380 with Safety I/O

Welcome to part six of the nine part series covering my choices for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

New Micro 870 Controller

Welcome to part five of the nine part series covering my choices for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

Coming: Connected Components Workbench R11

Welcome to part four of the nine part series covering my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

1756 Compute Module

Welcome to part three of the nine part series detailing my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

Coming: Refresh of Studio 5000

Welcome to part two of the nine part series detailing my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

The PanelView 5310

Welcome to part one of my nine part series detailing my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

How to find and download Rockwell and Allen-Bradley software updates

In today's article I'll walk you through how to download Rockwell and Allen-Bradley software updates for purchased software. The first step is to locate your...

New affordable Micro800 training from The Automation Blog!

For many of us who've spent years (or decades) programming Allen-Bradley PLCs, the thought of learning a new PLC line or brand can bring on a...

I want to learn A-B PLC's, which model should I get?

This is a common question I get here on the blog and from my students at TheAutomationSchool.com. And while Rockwell has released many different platforms since...

What are "Temporary Activations" (and how do I get one?)

Rockwell's Temporary Activations are designed to give prospective customers the ability to "try out" or "demo" Rockwell software products for a limited time. And the way...

How to Download Automation Fair 2016 Presentations

If you didn't get to attend Rockwell's Automation Fair this year you can still download most of the session presentations free of charge. To do...

Pictures from Automation Fair 2016

Today I'm sharing pictures from in and around the show floor at Automation Fair 2016 (click on any picture for a full size image) The Georgia...

What's New in View, AF 2016

Last week I attended the Automation Fair session, "What's New in Visualization," and below I'll recap the features and products I found most interesting: First...

What's New in Studio 5000, AF 2016

Another Automation Fair Technical Session I attended yesterday was, "What's New in Studio 5000," and below I'll recap what I found most interesting about that...

What's New in Logix, AF 2016

One of the Automation Fair Technical Sessions I attended this morning was "What's New in Logix," and below I'll recap what I found most interesting...

What I learned at Automation Fair's Automation Perspectives

This morning I was very fortunate to join members of the mainstream industrial automation media at Rockwell Automation's Automation Perspectives session. Never having attended one...

Hardware I want to learn more about at Automation Fair 2016

It's been a couple of years since my last trip to Automation Fair, but in that short time Rockwell has released and announced dozens of...

My Automation Fair 2016 Session Picks

Now that session registration for Automation Fair 2016 is open, I wanted to share my session picks as well as sessions I'd recommend to...
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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...

Automation Fair 2016 Registration Now Open

Rockwell Automation has announced that registration is now open for Automation Fair 2016. This year's event marks the show's 25th anniversary, and it's being held...

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...

Pictures from Automation Fair 2015 Part 3

In today's article I'm sharing the last batch of pictures I've received from attendees of Automation Fair 2015: Automation Fair 2015 Products: A huge "Thank You" to...

Pictures from Automation Fair 2015 Part 2

In today's article I'm sharing new pictures I've received from attendees of Automation Fair 2015: To see more pictures from Automation Fair 2015, check out part one HERE,...

Pictures from Automation Fair 2015

In today's article I'm sharing all the pictures I've received to date from attendees of Automation Fair 2015: To see more pictures from Automation Fair 2015, check...

Send us your Automation Fair 2015 Pictures!

If you're attending Rockwell Automation's Automation Fair today or tomorrow, we'd love to see your pictures of the event and share them with our audience! To...
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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...
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Automation Fair 2015 Sessions: My Picks

Automation Fair, Rockwell's annual trade show and training event, is now just a few days away. And although it's one event I would like to attend every...

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...

Do not delete: Why you should keep your Rockwell software order email

Stop! Don't delete that email you received after ordering software from Rockwell! In fact, you really should take a moment to file that email away someplace...
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Stunning Video - Automation Company's Van Used In Robbery

Happy Friday! In today's article we're going to take a walk on the lighter (and less technical) side to discuss new security video of a brazen...
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Additional products shown at Automation Fair 2014

In my final article on Automation Fair 2014, I share three more products of interest from this years show: 1) Dynamix 1444 Rockwell's soon to be...
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Rockwell IO-Link Products Shown At Automation Fair 2014

As we previously discussed in this article, Rockwell unveiled support for IO-Link at this year's Automation Fair. In today's article we'll take a look at some...
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Rockwell Promotes IO-Link Advantages At Automation Fair 2014

One of the big surprises at Automation Fair this year was Rockwell's display of IO-Link enabled products. As we discussed in last Friday's article, IO-Link...
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The PanelView 800 As Seen At Automation Fair 2014

The PanelView 800 was on public display at Automation Fair this year, and here's what I found out about it: 1) The PanelView 800 will release...
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The PanelView Plus 7 As Seen At Automation Fair 2014

The PanelView Plus 7 was on public display at Automation Fair this year, and here's what I found out about it: 1) The PanelView Plus...
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Show Floor Pictures from Automation Fair 2014

In today's article I'm posting pictures from the floor of Automation Fair 2014 First up: I thought the Informational Software booth with overhead displays was impressive: I also thought...
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Pictures from Automation Fair 2014

In today's article I'm giving a picture tour of Automation Fair 2014 We start our picture tour with a look at the entrance of the Anaheim, CA...

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