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Official Arduino Starter Kit: Unboxing and First Impressions

In today's article we're going to unbox and take a first look at the official Arduino Starter Kit. While most of our readers are quite comfortable with PLCs, VFDs, and HMIs, I'd wager the majority haven't had the chance to play around with what I'll call Maker-Microprocessors. It's usually...

Arduinos and You: Picking the Right Hardware

Arduino boards offer a versatile platform for programming enthusiasts, electronic hobbyists, and IT professionals to experiment with different software and hardware, all driven by small but powerful controller boards. With a wide range of models available, each board can address specific needs and applications depending on the use case...

CCW – How to download Connected Components Workbench for free in 2023 (T003)

Note: If you need help learning to use CCW with the Micro800 line of PLCs, check out my Five-Star rated Micro800 Nano Basics online course. It comes with support and never expires. Automation Tech Tip Video: [vimeo 794267835 w=750 h=420] Article: How to download Connected Components Workbench Step 1) Navigate to www.ab.com: Step...

RSEmulate, RSLogix – Create, Download, Test a Program (T002)

NOTE: The free "RSLogix Micro Starter Lite" software only works with the MicroLogix 1000, MicroLogix 1100, and free SLC-500/MicroLogix Emulator, Emulate500. To learn how to get all the software covered in this video for free, see our previous episode here. Note: If you need help learning to use RSLogix, check...

RSLogix Micro, RSLinx, RSEmulate 500 – How to download for free in 2023 (T001)

NOTE: The free "RSLogix Micro Starter Lite" software only works with the MicroLogix 1000, MicroLogix 1100, and free SLC-500/MicroLogix Emulator, Emulate500. If you need help learning to use RSLogix, check out my Five-Star rated PLC Basics online course. It comes with support and never expires. Automation Tech Tip Video: [vimeo 793095153...

Studio 5000 – V35: What’s New

Late last year Rockwell released version 35 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer, and in today's article I'll cover the highlights of what's new and updated in the latest release. New Features: Axis Test Mode: Feature simulates real-time motion control behavior at the axis, module, or group level, without requiring connected...

Eight Advantages of IO-Link

IO-Link is an open standard serial communication protocol that allows for the bi-directional exchange of data from sensors and devices that support IO-Link and are connected to a master. The IO-Link master can transmit this data over various networks, fieldbuses, or backplane buses, making the data accessible for immediate action...

ControlLogix – Seven Things New Users Need To Know

In today's article I'm going to share what I've found have been the most important things new users must know about ControlLogix before they start using these programmable controllers for the first time. After reviewing the list, if you think something should be added or removed, please feel free to...

Studio 5000 – Pricing, Packages, Features & Bundles

In today's article I'm going to take a detailed look Studio 5000 pricing, available packages and bundles, and what features are included with each as it stands today. Studio 5000 Mini: Ladder Logix only for CompactLogix only The “Mini” edition of Studio 5000 Logix Designer only programs the “CompactLogix” family of...

RSLogix 5000, Studio 5000 Logix Designer

To program a CompactLogix or ControlLogix controller you're going to need a copy of Studio 5000 Logix Designer, which was formerly known as RSLogix 5000 prior to the version 21 release: If you don't have a copy, you can purchase it using this link to Rockwell’s new online software portal,...

How Automation is Shifting Traditional CNC Machining

Modern manufacturing has paved the way for improved machinability, enhanced machine efficiency, and superior quality products. Modern manufacturing technology started with the Industrial Revolution that spanned from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century. The discovery of the steam engine orchestrated the fast development of mechanized systems in several industries today....

CCW – v21: What’s New Connected Components Workbench

Rockwell recently released version 21 of Connected Components Workbench, and below I'll summarize any new and enhanced features: New and Enhanced Micro800 Features: Now supports Ethernet implicit I/O messaging for L50E and L70E controllers The default value of Automatically Invoke Variable/Block Selector changed from True to False Ease programming of...

Rockwell Automation’s Programmable Automation Controllers

Most industrial automation vendors offer modern Programmable Controllers, but not all of them brand their products as PACs. Take Siemens for instance: You'd be hard pressed to find a PAC feature their S7 line of controllers doesn't support, and yet they still refer to them as PLCs. That said, when Rockwell...

View Studio Site Edition – Client Keys

In my previous article on using the FactoryTalk ViewSE "Command Line," I showed how simple that feature was to use. In today's article I'll cover how to use the Client Keys feature which is also easy to use, but many people just don't know this feature exists. What is the...

View Studio Site Edition – Parameter Passing

In this article we'll learn about Parameter Passing in the Factory Talk View SE application. Why do we Use Parameter Passing? Parameter Passing is used to reduce the number of screens we use repetitively in our development. To reduce the number of screens we use parameter passing. We will understand with a...

View Studio Site Edition – Alarm and Events: Export, Edit, and Import

In this new article, we will continue learning about FactoryTalk View Alarm and Event server. This time we will learn to import and export the Alarm and Event server. Like our previous article, we will use the same project file for this article. First, open your project and right-click on Alarm...

Rockwell Patch Rollup – How To Download and Install (2022)

Generally, when I am loading software on a computer, that computer is not used for a single purpose and I download many types of programming software, third party programs like Sublime Text or Putty, and other programs that I will use to configure specific instruments or controls. In the Rockwell...

Mitsubishi PLCs: Brief History and Hardware Overview

If you are looking at a PAC or a PLC, chances are you already have a good idea of what features you are looking for and what hardware and programming you hope to use. As with anything, the best structure (i.e., ladder, function block, or structured text) for your application...

View Studio Site Edition – Alarm and Events: How to Add and Setup

In this new article, we will learn to create an Alarm and Event server with an example. An alarm is a critical part of any process, system or machinery, etc. An alarm can prevent you from a fatal accident and provide you with information about what is happening and why...

Studio 5000 – Resolve .Net Framework 3.5 Installation Error 0x80D05001

I cannot count the number of times I have installed RSLogix 5, 500, 5000 or Studio 5000 software over the last twenty years. Sometimes I can install it on different (but identical) computers and have a different experience. Each install can be a different adventure and this one is no...