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 with Rockwell’s RS Logix platform. This...

A Different Kind Of Skillset

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 learn about things that I...

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 as well as upgrading and...

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 33

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 Cooper This always brings back memories...

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 they arise. It can mean...

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 can use remote 1756 I/O...

Choosing The Right Ethernet Switch

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Like many other people that work in controls and automation, I came from an electrical and instrumentation background and did not have any experience with network design, configuration or maintenance. Thankfully, my first job was a mill startup and I...

Talking Legacy: ProSoft Communication Solutions

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Deciding how to communicate across multiple systems and vendors can be a research project itself. The protocols on both sides of the equation must be evaluated and even the data structures and data types must be taken into consideration. In...

Talking Legacy: Taking Intermediate Steps in Control System Upgrades

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One of my favorite tasks in the world of automation is upgrading legacy control systems to newer systems. Many a time the legacy system contains a less than desirable option for communications with other systems. In today’s world, systems must...

The Future of Control Systems: One Engineer's Perspective

Where is technology headed in the world of controls and automation? What will the job of an automation and controls engineer look like in the years ahead? A little warning, thinking about what awaits ahead can create negative feelings of...