What's New in Logix (TechED 18)

Of all the Rockwell Automation TechED 2018 presentations made available last week, the first ones I went through were the "What's New" presentations, as I'm...

How To Get Rockwell TechED 2018 Labs and Presentations for Free

If (like me) you didn't have $2,000 in your training budget (and a week to spare) to attend Rockwell Automation's TechED 2018 last week,...

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...

How to find, remove, and pause Windows updates impacting Rockwell Software

Yesterday we discussed how recent Microsoft Windows Updates were severely impacting some Rockwell Software customers. Today we'll look at how to work around these issues...

Windows Meltdown and Spectre Patches Impact Rockwell Software Users

Earlier this week, Bob (a fellow automation instructor and a LinkedIn connection), sent me a message about a serious Windows update issue he encountered...
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Saving Money with Rockwell Software Upgrades

My students often ask me what's the most affordable software they can buy for use with a particular product and course. And as I'm preparing...

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...

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...

Get TechED 2017 Lab Manuals and Presentations for FREE!

If you didn't attend Rockwell Automation's TechED this year, you'll be happy to know that the good folks over at Rockwell have made the majority of...

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...

Get TechED 2016 Lab Manuals and Presentations for FREE!

Update: Check out our updated article HERE. If like me you didn't get to attend Rockwell Automation's TechED this year, you'll be happy to know that once...

Pictures from TechEd 2016

In today's article I'm sharing pictures from a friend who attended Rockwell's TechEd 2016: TechEd 2016 Venue: TechEd 2016 General Sessions: TechEd 2016 Hands-on Labs: A huge "Thank You"...
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Send us your TechED 2016 Pictures!

If you're attending Rockwell Automation's TechED event this week I'd love to see your pictures of the general session, individual sessions, the welcome reception...

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...

TechED Registration Open

Sign-up here by May 9th to save $300. With over 150 technical sessions and presentations by industry experts, Rockwell Automation's TechEd has always been one...
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Rockwell moves to Electronic Software Delivery

For the last few years when you ordered software from Rockwell Automation, in addition to being shipped the physical media you also received a confirmation email with...
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How to get TechED 2015 Presentations and Lab Manuals

If you missed Rockwell Automation's TechED this year like I did, you'll be happy to know Rockwell has made the majority of the presentations...
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The PanelView 5500, as seen at TechED 2015

This year some very lucky attendees of Rockwell's TechEd had the opportunity to test drive Rockwell's next generation of HMI's, the PanelView 5500. It's been literally years since...
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What’s New in Integrated Architecture, as seen at TechED 2015

My all time favorite sessions at Rockwell Automation's TechED are the "What's New" sessions. This year these sessions didn't disappoint, with several new products revealed in "What’s New in...
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Didn't attend TechED 2015? Find out what you missed...

Last week Rockwell held it's annual week-long training event, Rockwell Automation TechED, in beautiful downtown San Diego, California. Regretfully, for the first time in a very long time I wasn't...

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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How to look-up Rockwell Software compatibility with Microsoft Windows

One of the top questions I receive on a weekly basis is, "Does this version of Rockwell Software support my computer's version of Microsoft Windows." I typically respond...
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Rockwell Automation TechED 2015 Sessions For Advanced Users

In today's article I'm listing all the TechED sessions I'd recommend to advanced users of Rockwell Automation products: CL11 - Logix: Advanced Lab First up is this pick...
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Rockwell Automation TechED 2015 Sessions For Beginners

In today's article I'm listing all the TechED sessions I'd recommend to new users of Rockwell Automation products: SY01 - Introduction to the Integrated Architecture Control...
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My Rockwell Automation TechED 2015 Session Picks

This will be the first year in a decade that I won't be attending RSTechED, now formally renamed Rockwell Automation TechED. However, if I were to...
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Rockwell Automation TechED 2015 Session Guide Now Available

Believe it or not, Rockwell's annual TechED event is only four weeks away! If you plan on attending, I highly recommend signing up now to...
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Rockwell Automation's TechED Registration Now Open

It's official, registration for the newly renamed Rockwell Automation TechED 2015 is now open! This year's event is being held from May 31 through June...
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RSTechED Becomes Rockwell Automation TechED

RSTechED becomes RATechED Rockwell Automation TechED This past Friday I received an email from Rockwell Automation announcing the event previously known as RSTechED would now be...

How to quickly get newly ordered Rockwell Software

Don't have time to wait for the physical media to arrive? In this article we'll discuss how you can get access to most Rockwell...
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Rockwell Automation TechED 101

Update: In March of 2015 Rockwell renamed "RSTechED" to "Rockwell Automation TechED." To find out more click HERE. Rockwell Automation TechED: What is it, How Much...
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Sample Code blog index (6)

The Automation Blog's Sample Code blog index (6) Updated on 02/21/14 Rockwell’s Sample Code Library Website December 24, 2013 I often get calls from clients who are...
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Rockwell Video blog index (12)

The Automation Blog's Rockwell Video blog index (12) Updated on 02/14/14 Rockwell’s Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) tutorial videos. February 6, 2014 Yesterday we showed you the simple steps...
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Rockwell websites blog index (15)

 The Automation Blog's Rockwell website blog index (15) Updated on 02/07/14 Rockwell’s Sample Code Library Website December 24, 2013 I often get calls from clients who are looking for sample...
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Rockwell's Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) tutorial videos.

Yesterday we showed you the simple steps to take in order to quickly create programmable controller bill of materials using Rockwell Automation's free Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB.) In today's...
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What is Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) and how do you use it?

I receive many requests for Programmable Controller system BOM's (bill of materials.) To work these up quickly and easily I use a free utility from...
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The Automation Blog's "Best Of 2013" Miscellaneous blogs

Welcome to the third and final article in our “Best of 2013″ series. Today we focus on our seven most popular miscellaneous blogs which don't directly...
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The Seven Allen-Bradley and Rockwell websites I use the most

(Updated 11/06/2017) In today's pre-Thanksgiving Day article, I'm sharing the seven Allen-Bradley and Rockwell website links I use the most #1: The Allen-Bradley Literature Library www.ab.com/literature It's in there!...
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Rockwell Software Temporary Activations

Update: for the most recent article on this subject click HERE. Rockwell Software Temporary Activations are designed to allow clients the ability to try Rockwell...
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FactoryTalk Activation Grace Period

When FactoryTalk Activation (FTA) was first released, many clients expressed reservations about moving to it. For some it was the fact that the older "Floppy Master Disk"...
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FactoryTalk Activation Quick Start Videos from Rockwell Allen-Bradley (A-B)

Rockwell's FactoryTalk Activation (FTA) can be a little intimidating and frustrating for new users. However, since FTA was released Rockwell has published nine FactoryTalk Activation Quick Start Videos on their...
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What is FactoryTalk Activation?

Copy Protection (aka Activation) is one of those topics that always seems to elicit a visceral response. It's the old, "I paid for this software...
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If you're teaching A-B PLC's at a High School or College, you're missing out...

What is a Rockwell Toolkit for Education? It's the best deal in town if you're going to be teaching A-B PLC's (or PAC's) in...
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Rockwell Automation and Allen-Bradley (A-B) Online Product Catalog with pricing

It's Friday and in this TGIF edition of "The Automation Blog" we're going to share a simple tip on how to find budgetary prices and...
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Moving (aka rehosting) a Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Activation

Clients often call me very concerned about the hoops they'll have to jump through to move a Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Activation from one PC...
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Rockwell's "Turbo Encabulator"

It's mid-week and we're taking a walk on the lighter side with a look at an old Rockwell International not-so-serious promotional video, the Turbo Encabulator (turboencabulator) This...
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Retro Encabulator (retroencabulator)

It's mid-week and we're taking a walk on the lighter side with a not-so-serious promotional video for Rockwell Automation's Retro Encabulator (retroencabulator) I came across this video back...
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How to find and download Allen-Bradley Software Updates

Update: For the most up-to-date article on this subject click HERE. Yesterday we discussed how to check if your software was Windows 7 compatible. Today...
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Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software support for Windows 7

Almost daily I'm asked about Rockwell Software (RS) and Allen-Bradley (A-B) software support for Windows 7. While I haven't memorized the list, the good news is Rockwell has...
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Where to download Rockwell Allen-Bradley (A-B) trade show and event session materials

Rockwell Automation (RA) holds several commercial events and trade shows each year, and most of them include hands-on labs, technical sessions, and demonstration workshops. Below...