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      What is PRP?

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      Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) is a standard defined in IEC 62439-3 and is adopted in the ODVA, Inc. EtherNet /IP specification, and is used to create network redundancy by allowing PRP enabled devices to...

      Logix Bit Field Distribute and Message Instructions

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      Logix Programming Instructions Every Tech Needs to Know Part II Image by Brandon Cooper In part one of this series, we looked at an introduction to learning Studio 5000 programming instructions for ControlLogix processors as well...

      Looking Ahead To 2021

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      We all have a choice when faced with difficult circumstance(s). The experience of life in general is a series of lessons that make us who we are today. While 2020 was certainly a year of...

      FactoryTalk AssetCentre Basic Operation

      In a previous article here, we discussed the latest release of Factory Talk AssetCentre version 10.00.00. In case you are unfamiliar with an AssetCentre project and the looks of it, I want to take an...

      What's New In AssetCentre v10

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      In September 2020 Rockwell released the latest version of FactoryTalk AssetCentre, version 10.00.00, along side Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 33. One reason for the timing of this joint release was for compatibility reasons. If...

      Logix Compute and Absolute Instructions

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      Logix Programming Instructions Every Tech Needs to Know, Part I Image by Brandon Cooper Learning to program anything takes time and effort. The more investment that you make, the greater the return. When I have set out...

      ControlLogix Programming: Different Ways of Accomplishing Your Goals

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      Programmers can accomplish a task in many ways. They have many options available, and it is almost to the point that you can use whatever coding style your preference is for a task at...

      A Day in the Life: Dead Pico? Migrate to a Micro810

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      A Day in the Life of a Controls Engineer: Migrating a dead Pico to a Micro810 Once upon a time, there was a control systems engineer that was able to leave work at a predictable...

      Switch Settings for Remote Connections and Maintenance using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

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      In this continuation of getting familiar with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Cisco or Stratix switch, we will go beyond getting connected and look at some important features for remote connection and...

      How To Setup an IFM IOLink Master with Logix

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      In this article I'll walk you through how to set up the communications of an IO-Link master with an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC. The first thing that needs to be done is to setup up...

      Cisco & Stratix Switch Configuration using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

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      In this continuation of getting familiar with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Cisco or Stratix switch, we will go beyond getting connected and look at additional features that will need to be...

      Cisco & Stratix Switch Setup using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

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      In this continuation of getting familiar with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Cisco or Stratix switch, we will go beyond getting connected and look at basic setup features that will need to...

      Cisco & Stratix Command Line Interface Basics

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      “Everything must be connected”. That is pretty much the philosophy in the manufacturing environment because every sensor, every data point needs to be captured, monitored and utilized for decision making. There is no such excuse...

      Honeywell R520

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      Question of the day for you: Are you an “It works fine and there is no need to change it” personality or a “They have a new release out, lets upgrade” personality? Or maybe...

      Setting Up Fanuc Ethernet I/O with Studio 5000

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      In today’s manufacturing environment, Ethernet is being is being used in place of discrete I/O. Fanuc has made this easier by having the ability to set up I/O via Ethernet that can be easily integrated...

      A Different Kind Of Skillset

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      I never owned a cellphone or even booted a computer until I went to work in a composite panel manufacturing facility over twenty years ago, when I was enrolled in an "instrumentation course" to...

      ControlFlash Plus

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      I ran across a software with a new look from Rockwell this past week. If you have worked with Rockwell products, you are well aware that flashing module firmware is a necessity for new systems...

      Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 33

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      On September 30, 2020, Rockwell Automation released Studio 5000 Logix Designer version thirty-three. As I tend to do with each incoming version, I downloaded the “Release Notes” and Software to check it out. Image by: Brandon...

      ControlLogix Diagnostic IO

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      I believe that in the world of control systems, the little things can make a huge impact. The little things we do ahead of problems will determine how well we diagnose and repair issues when...

      Getting Started with Point IO

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      There are many options for field I/O on the market, between vendors and sometimes even many different I/O options within a single vendor as is the case with Allen Bradley. With the ControlLogix platform, you...