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Sharing Data Between A-B Programmable Controllers

Recently, one of our community members asked how he could go about sharing data between various Allen-Bradley PLCs. First he needed to share Tag Values between two ControlLogix controllers, after which he needed to read...

What's New In FactoryTalk View Machine Edition v13

Rockwell recently released version 13.00 of FactoryTalk View Machine Edition, and below I'll summarize the new and enhanced features, as well as corrected anomalies: New Features and Enhancements: Cross Reference The Cross Reference form now includes...

What's New In FactoryTalk View Site Edition v13

Rockwell recently released version 13.00 of FactoryTalk View Site Edition, and below I'll summarize the new and enhanced features, as well as any corrected anomalies: New Features: A new XY Plot Object has been added...

What's New in Studio 5000 Logix Designer v34

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In March of 2022, Rockwell Automation released Studio 5000 Logix Designer version Thirty-Four. As I tend to do with each release, I recently downloaded the software, read the release notes, and set out to install...

The Future Of Automation: Special Extended Episode of The Automation Podcast (P100)

Welcome to a very special edition of The Automation Podcast! To celebrate our 100th Episode, I reached out to five of our previous guests from Siemens, Rockwell, Mitsubishi, Phoenix Contact and the ISA to interview...

How To Program A-B's First PLC

In our previous article we discussed the hardware details of Allen-Bradley’s first programmable controller, the PDQ-II. Now in today’s article we’ll take a detailed look at the program side, including programming options and procedures,...

The PDQ-II: Allen-Bradley's First PLC

It was the summer of 1969, and Information Instruments, Inc (3I) became the second company (after DEC) to supply a “Standard Machine Controller” to the GM’s Hydra-Matic division, several weeks ahead of Bedford Associates...

PowerFlex 755TS VFD (P90)

Adam Davis introduces us to the PowerFlex 755TS in Episode 90 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio,...

FactoryTalk Logix Echo from Rockwell (P85)

My guest this week is Brad Prosak of Rockwell who introduces us to FactoryTalk Logix Echo in Episode 85 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch...

How To Migrate PLC-5 and SLC-500 Programs to Studio 5000 and Logix Controllers

Recently one of our readers submitted a question asking for help migrating from a legacy Rockwell PLC (aka PLC-5 or SLC-500) to their new PAC lines (ControlLogix and CompactLogix.) In his email he went on...

Automation Fair 2021: Rockwell's plans for this year's show (P82)

My guest this week is Tina Dear of Rockwell Automation, and she brings us up to speed on Rockwell's plans for Automation Fair 2021 (Nov. 9-11) in Episode 82 of The Automation Podcast. For more...

PanelView 800 – Datalogging and Trending

In today's article I'll walk you through how to setup Data Logging and Treading in CCW, covering the basic setup and provide an example as to the capabilities of each. Trends in CCW I had...

New Features planned for View Designer v8 and PanelView 5000

I recently sat down with Keith Hogan, product manager for View Designer and PanelView 5000 HMIs, to learn more about his products and new features planned for the next release of the software. In today's...

PanelView 5000 and View Designer Update with Rockwell Automation (P74)

In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Keith Hogan of Rockwell Automation to learn what's new and coming for the PanelView 5000 line of HMIs and Studio 5000 View Designer...

PanelView 800 – Using the Recipe Feature

Today I walk through creating and using recipes in the PanelView 800 using Connected Components Workbench. In this example my Panelview 800 touchscreen connected to a Micro820 controller. Note that I have never used the PV800...

Community Q & A: ControlLogix Comms Issue

In this edition of "Community Q & A," one of our locals community members needs help connecting to his ControlLogix Controller. Note: To see a list of all our ControlLogix videos and articles, click HERE. Community...

PanelView 800 Language Switching

As we have looked at language switching in the PanelView 5000 and View Designer recently, I wanted to follow-up on that article with this one in which I'll implement the same feature in a...

Using the PID instruction in a Micro820

I am still getting familiar with Connected Components Workbench, and have yet to implement a function block program prior to this article. In this first program I walk through how to setup and use the...
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How to Message (MSG) data from a ControlLogix to a Micro800 over Ethernet

If you are implementing a Micro800 series PLC, there is a chance you are doing a small, standalone project that needs no communication with other devices or centralized control system, but that is not...

Community Q & A: Data Highway Plus Timeouts

In this edition of "Community Q & A" (formerly "Insight's Inbox",) I discuss with one of our community members at automation.locals.com what might be causing one of his Data Highway Plus devices to keep...