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First Look: GS21 HMI from Mitsubishi

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We take a first look at the GS21 HMI from Mitsubishi in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 16 Show Notes: Special thanks to Mitsubishi for sending us a sample...

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...

Tech Tip: Import Festo CPX-AP-I into Logix and Studio 5000

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Learn how to quickly and easily import a Festo CPX-AP-I system directly into Logix and Studio 5000 in this episode of Automation Tech Tips. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

SIMATIC HMI Basic Panel – Using the Recipe Feature

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Whether we are manufacturing beverages, wood panels, chemicals, pharmaceutical or any other product in industry, one common feature they all share, is they are created with consistency by using recipes. Every product contains a list...

What's New with Siemens HMIs?

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We take a quick look at what's new with Siemens HMIs in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 15 Show Notes: Check out the full session video at the Siemens...

What's New with Siemens PLCs?

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We take a quick look at what's new with Siemens PLCs in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 14 Show Notes: Check out the full session video at the Siemens...

Phoenix Contact WLAN Products (P73)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Justin Shade of Phoenix Contact to learn about their Industrial Wireless Networking products. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

S7 PLCsim Advanced

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While you are programming an automation application, it is sometimes useful to do some coding without the real hardware in the field, for example with a cup of fresh coffee at the warm office. Sure,...

S7 PLCsim

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While you are programming an automation application, it is sometimes useful to do some coding without the real hardware in the field, for example with a cup of fresh coffee at the warm office. Sure,...

My First Personal Computer

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As a member of Generation X, I grew up in a time when consumer products were making the transition from Analog to Digital. This was a time when the Stereos of our parents often included...

TIA Portal Basic HMI Language Switching

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It doesn’t matter where you and I live and work in the world, the native language that we speak, read and write is not always the same native language that the next person does. Thus,...

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...

Micro820, Panelview 800, and Powerflex 525 CCW Project

One of the positive attributes of the Connected Components Workbench project is the ability to program multiple devices with one software package. A CCW project can contain the Panelview 800 HMI, the Micro 800 controller...

Introduction to EtherCAT (P72)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Nathan Eisel of SMC to get a detailed introduction to EtherCAT. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the...

Connecting a Micro820 and PanelView 800

One of the interesting aspects of automation is “making things talk.” Connecting devices together, whether we are talking about a host of network switches, HMI devices, drives, servers, controllers or any other intelligent device,...

Community Q & A: Issue Replacing a PanelView Plus

In this edition of "Community Q & A" (formerly "Insight's Inbox",) I discuss with one of our community members at https://automation.locals.com what might be causing the issue he is having with his replacement PanelView...

PanelView 800 to MicroLogix 1100 via Ethernet

In my first article on the PanelView 800 I discussed getting acquainted with the terminal and software and creating the CCW project. In this article I plan to connect to a controller and cover the...