Windows Meltdown and Spectre Patches Impact Rockwell Software Users

Earlier this week, Bob (a fellow automation instructor and a LinkedIn connection), sent me a message about a serious Windows update issue he encountered...

PAC Basics Course - More Options

The Automation School is pleased to announce that we are now offering two PAC Basics Courses.  You now have the option of a shorter...

GaurdLogix 5580

Welcome to part seven of the nine part series covering my choices for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

1756 Compute Module

Welcome to part three of the nine part series detailing my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

Coming: Refresh of Studio 5000

Welcome to part two of the nine part series detailing my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

Studio 5000: How to connect to an existing Controller

In today's article I cover how to upload and go online  to an existing ControlLogix or CompactLogix controller for the first time when you don't already...

ControlLogix course adds PowerFlex lessons!

This week the highest rated ControlLogix course on the web gets even better with additional lessons on integrating PowerFlex drives! In fact, over at The...

Monitor ControlLogix Tags with your iPhone

It seems everyone today has a smart phone, and many of those phones (mine included) are Apple iOS based iPhones. So when Peter Henderson of...

ControlLogix Training Video and Detailed Lessons

What should you learn if you're going to start programming or maintaining Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controllers? Well, in the below video I cover all...

What's New in Studio 5000 Logix Designer v30

Version 30 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer programming software has been release for Rockwell's 5370 and 5380 CompactLogix controllers, as well as their 5570...

More ControlLogix Lessons Added!

The number of free Add-on Instructions available for the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controller platform is quite impressive. Just between the AOIs available from Rockwell's...
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How to get Rockwell's PlantPAx Library of Process Objects

One of the new lessons I've recorded for my ControlLogix training course, PAC Basics, is how to download and use some of the AOIs included...

How to download free Allen-Bradley Sample Code, Programs and AOIs

One of the topics I like to cover in my training courses is how users can get (and use) free sample code, programs, and...

New ControlLogix Lesson Added!

One of the most requested topics for my ControlLogix course has been the creating and using of Add-on Instructions (AOIs) And today I'm happy to...

Duplicating Programs in RSLogix and Studio 5000

In today's article I cover how to quickly and easily export and import programs in RSLogix and Studio 5000. Step 1) Start by opening your project in RSLogix...

New ControlLogix Lessons Added!

The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controller platform is a powerful and versatile programmable controller line. However, it can also be quite intimidating for those new...

Duplicating Routines in RSLogix and Studio 5000

In today's article I cover how to quickly and easily export and import routines while at the same time replacing tag addresses using RSLogix or Studio 5000. Step 1) Open your...

Duplicating Rungs in RSLogix and Studio 5000

In today's article I cover how to quickly and easily export and import multiple rungs while at the same time replacing tag addresses using RSLogix or Studio 5000. Step...

ControlLogix Training Now Available At The Automation School

Today I'm happy to announce that my new ControlLogix training course, PAC Basics, is now available to take online at TheAutomationSchool.com. This new edition of...

What's New in Logix, AF 2016

One of the Automation Fair Technical Sessions I attended this morning was "What's New in Logix," and below I'll recap what I found most interesting...

Serial Communications – If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

I’ll be the first to admit it, serial communications (RS-232) is so 1980’s.  However, it is also relatively easy to install and support and...
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Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 29 Released

Version 29 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer software, required to program Rockwell's new 5380 and 5580 series of programmable automation controllers, is now available...

Looking for input on my next course covering the Compact and ControlLogix

As you may have already heard, I just released the second edition of my PLC Basics course. With that done, I'm now preparing to move on...

ControlLogix Redundancy 24.052 Available

Early last week while consulting for a client over WebEx, I came across the fact that last month Rockwell had released redundancy firmware version...

What software do I need to program CompactLogix or ControlLogix?

To program a CompactLogix or ControlLogix processor you're going to need a copy of Studio 5000 or RSLogix 5000. If you don't have a copy, you...

What you need to know about CompactLogix and ControlLogix firmware, and how to get...

In today's article we'll discuss what you need to know about CompactLogix and ControlLogix firmware, as well as how to get it. Each Allen-Bradley Logix processor supports...

The CompactLogix and ControlLogix PACs

Today most major automation vendors have a Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) line, and Rockwell Automation is no exception with its CompactLogix and ControlLogix products. In...

What is a Programmable Automation Controller? (PAC)

Most major automation vendors have a Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) line, and today I'll attempt to add some clarity as to what a PAC is,...

New free Logix getting started course now available!

As a follow-up to the free VMware Workstation course I released earlier this month, I'm proud to announce the release of a new free course,...

Price Comparison: 1756-L8 vs 1756-L7

In today's article we review how Rockwell's new 1756-L8xE (5580) line of processors stack up price wise with the 1756-L7x (5570) series. Since Rockwell released...

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 28 Released, 1756-L83E Shipping, 5580 Firmware Online

Last week at Automation Fair a lot of attention was given to Rockwell's new ControlLogix 5580 line. Now it appears everything needed to build a...

1756-ENBT no longer silver? (EOL)

Back in April we reported that Rockwell had updated the "life cycle" listing of its 1756-ENBT module to "End Of Life." At the time they even...

Rockwell Announces New ControlLogix 5580 Controller

Rockwell Automation just announced its new line of ControlLogix 5580 Controllers. Timed to coincide with Automation Fair next week, Rockwell states its new controllers provide faster...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix Processors, Racks, Comm Modules

Deals of the Week: I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this week I've come across three on ControlLogix:   1756-L55, Ethernet, I/O Modules, PS...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix L61B Processor

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix 5561 Processor I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this is one of the best prices I've seen...

How to flash CompactLogix firmware over Ethernet

In today's article I walk you through how to flash a CompactLogix processor's firmware over Ethernet using RSLinx and ControlFlash. Step 1) Open ControlFlash When you install...

How to flash CompactLogix firmware over USB

In today's article I walk you through how to flash a CompactLogix processor's firmware over USB using RSLinx and ControlFlash. Step 1) Open ControlFlash When you...

Do you know someone who needs CompactLogix or ControlLogix training?

Question of the Week: Do you know someone who needs CompactLogix or ControlLogix training? In this week's question we're asking you if you know someone who...

Logix Training Course

A few weeks ago in the "Question of the Week," I asked which product or topic our readers would like to see more articles on. The...
RSLogix 5000 20.04 Release Notes

RSLogix 5000 Version 20.04 Released!

Late last week I was very happy to find that Rockwell had released RSLogix 5000 version 20.04. Ok, so now you may be asking why...
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Should ControlLogix Processors Come With Ethernet On-board?

In Monday's article here we discussed what appeared to be the premature outing of a new ControlLogix 1756-L85E processor with built-in 1GB Ethernet port. That...
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New 1756-L85E ControlLogix With 1GB Ethernet Port Leaked

Last week, as I was looking through the public documents available from Rockwell Automation's TechED, I came across something very unexpected. UPDATE: The 1756-L85E is...
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Logix Application Code Manager, as seen at TechED 2015

At this year's Rockwell Automation TechED, a new library management tool for Studio 5000 Logix designer was debuted. Named the "Studio 5000 Logix Designer Application Code Manager,"...
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What’s New in Integrated Architecture, as seen at TechED 2015

My all time favorite sessions at Rockwell Automation's TechED are the "What's New" sessions. This year these sessions didn't disappoint, with several new products revealed in "What’s New in...
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The 1756-ENBT Goes Silver

Earlier this month the widely used ControlLogix Ethernet module, part number 1756-ENBT, had it's status updated to "end of life" on Rockwell's Product Lifecycle Status page. The...
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CompactLogix, ControlLogix, and RSLogix 5000 Index: Links to all our articles, podcasts, and videos

Insights In Automation's CompactLogix and ControlLogix Index (55) Updated on April 6th, 2015 Today we're featuring all of the articles, podcasts, and videos we've done on the...
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Which ControlLogix Models Support Modbus?

In a recent article we took a look at which CompactLogix models support Modbus. As a follow-up to that post, in today’s article we’ll take a look at...
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Five Questions To Ask Before Migrating To The ControlLogix L7x

In a recent article we looked at migrating from the CompactLogix L3xE to the L3xER, by reviewing five things you should consider. As a follow-up to that post, in...
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How to get Rockwell's EtherNet IP Capacity Tool

In Monday's article we compared the Ethernet I/O capacities of two Allen-Bradley CompactLogix processors. To accomplish that comparison, we used Rockwell's EtherNet IP Capacity Tool. In today's...
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How to download CompactLogix and ControlLogix Firmware

In today's article we walk you through the updated steps you take to download CompactLogix and ControlLogix Firmware. Step 1) Navigate to www.ab.com Step 2) On the...