DF1 to Ethernet

In today's episode of The Automation Show, I setup a 515RTAENI DF1 to Ethernet bridge from Real Time Automation. For more information, check out the "Show Notes"...

Data Highway Plus to Ethernet

In today's episode of The Automation Show, I unbox and setup an ANC-100E Data Highway Plus to Ethernet bridge from Automation Networks. For more information about...

RSLogix Halloween Animation! Also, anyone automating a holiday display?

Let me wish all of you a very Happy Halloween! And if any of you are automating a Holiday Display (Haunted House, Holiday Lights, etc)...

CompactLogix 5380 Experience Kit

I take a look at what comes inside of Rockwell's CompactLogix 5380 Experience Kit in today's episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check...

The First Generation of CompactLogix Controllers

The CompactLogix family of Programmable Automation Controllers has been popular with Small Machine Builders and System Integrators for many years. The most obvious reason for...

Pre-order my CompactLogix Training Course to save over 70%!

Since I released my comprehensive ControlLogix Training Course (PAC Basics) last year, I've been receiving a lot of requests for a course covering the...

The SLC-500: Resetting to Factory Defaults

How to clear a SLC-500 controller's memory and reset it to factory defaults. In the SLC-500 family of controllers there are three different ways memory...

Seven things you need to know about the PanelView Plus

I still run into new users who need to support and program the Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus HMI, even though it was released over a...

The SLC-5/05: How to set the Ethernet IP Address using BOOTP

How to set the Ethernet IP Address of a SLC-5/05 Controller using the free BOOTP-DHCP utility. If you have a new SLC-5/05, or one that has...

The SLC-5/05: How to set the Ethernet IP Address using RSLogix 500

How to set the Ethernet IP Address of a SLC-5/05 Controller using RSLogix. Setting a SLC-5/05's IP Address Offline: If you have a project file for...

The SLC-5/05: Setup Comms and Download over Ethernet using RSLinx and RSLogix 500

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley SLC-5/05 using Ethernet in order to download (or go online)...

Ethernet Basics: Addressing

In yesterday's article I covered the basics of Ethernet cabling, hubs and switches. In today's article I'll cover the essential Ethernet basics of IP Addressing,...
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Ethernet Basics: Hardware

One of the best courses I took back in the 90's was an Ethernet Networking course. At the time I was already familiar with DH+,...

The SLC-500: Controller Image Gallery

Here's an image gallery of all five models of SLC-500 Modular Controllers. Have a question or comment? If you do, you can post it by clicking...

The SLC-500: A Tale Of Six Controllers

The SLC-500 family of Programmable Logic Controllers was quite popular when it launched in the early nineties. The most obvious reason was that it was...
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Is the SLC-500 still viable?

I recently received a message from someone who had just purchased a used machine with a SLC-500 based control system on it. Because most of...
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SLC-500 Content Index of all our SLC-500 related articles, videos, and podcasts

The Automation Blog's SLC-500 Blog Index (36) Updated on 09/10/2018 With the recent slew of SLC-500 questions coming into The Automation Forums and The Automation School, I thought it'd...

How To Use Rockwell's New Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool

In today's article I'll show you how to use Rockwell's new Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool. The replacement for Rockwell's discontinued Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool can now be...

How To Enable Legacy PLCs In Integrated Architecture Builder

So you've updated Rockwell's Integrated Architecture Builder to gain access to new devices like the 5580 and 5380 Controllers. Then later you realize you can...

How To Download, Use, and Update Rockwell's Integrated Architecture Builder

In today's article I walk you through how to find, download, install, use, and update Rockwell's free Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) software. 1) Start by...

What's New in FactoryTalk View Site Edition (TechED 18)

In today's article I'll review my top five FactoryTalk View Site Edition announcements from the "What's New in Visualization" TechED presentation. Note: You can get your...

What's New in Studio 5000 (TechED 18)

In today's article I'll review my top five Studio 5000 announcements from the "What’s New in the Integrated Architecture System Software" TechED presentation. Note: You can...

CCW 11 Feature Pack Will Add "Logix Like" Ladder Editor

In Rockwell's recently released TechED presentations, new information has surfaced about how they plan to make CCW look more like RSLogix and Studio 5000. This...

How to Find and Download A-B PLC and HMI Firmware in 2018

In today's article I walk you through how to find and download Allen-Bradley Programmable Controller and HMI Firmware. Step 1) Open you web browser and...

What's New in Logix (TechED 18)

Of all the Rockwell Automation TechED 2018 presentations made available last week, the first ones I went through were the "What's New" presentations, as I'm...

Parameter Files Not Working in ViewStudio Site Edition

In Today's article I discuss why your FactoryTalk View Studio Site Edition Parameter Files may not work. While I was recording lessons for my View...

Tag Database Not Found Error in View Studio Machine Edition

In Today's article I discuss the new "Tag Database Not Found" error you get when you try to open a project created in v10...

Runtime Creation Error Message in View Studio Machine Edition v10

In Today's article I discuss the new error message that pops up when you create a runtime for a pre-10 version of FactoryTalk View...

How to Message (MSG) data from a MicroLogix 1400 to a MicroLogix 1100 over...

In Today's article I walk you through how to Message data from a MicroLogix 1400 to a MicroLogix 1100 over Ethernet using the MSG...

How to Message (MSG) data from a MicroLogix 1400 to a SLC-5/05 over Ethernet

In Today's article I walk you through how to Message data over Ethernet using the MSG instruction from a MicroLogix 1400 to a SLC-5/05 . Note: In...

How to Message (MSG) data from a SLC-5/05 to a MicroLogix 1400 over Ethernet

In Today's article I walk you through how to Message data from a SLC-5/05 to a MicroLogix 1400 over Ethernet using the MSG instruction. Note: In this...

Get A-B Programmable Controller data into Microsoft Excel using RSLinx

In Today's article I'll walk you through how you can bring Allen-Bradley Programmable Controller Data into Microsoft Excel 2016 using RSLinx Classic. NOTE: The below procedure...

Exchange Data Between Simatic S7 PLCs on Different Subnets

Easy data exchange between two Siemens Simatic S7 PLCs on different Ethernet subnets using a PN/PN Coupler Suppose you have two Simatic S7 PLCs, like...

Changing the Screen Saver Image on the PanelView Plus 3.0 to 5.1

In Today's article I'll walk you through how to change the Screen Saver Image used on the original PanelView Plus (old models without Windows...

Changing the Screen Saver Image on the PanelView Plus 7, 6, and CE

In Today's article I'll walk you through how to change the Screen Saver Image used on the PanelView Plus 7, 6, and CE: Part 1:...

How to reset a PanelView Plus 7 to Factory Defaults

In today's article I'll walk you through resetting your PanelView Plus 7 to Factory Defaults: Step 1) Plug a USB Keyboard into your PanelView Plus 7: Step...

Flashing PanelView Plus 7 Firmware

In this article I'm going to walk you through flashing the firmware on a PanelView Plus 7. Step 1) In this example we'll be flashing...

Studio 5000 CM Runtime Installation Error Fix

I recently ran into an issue while installing some Studio 5000 back revs on one of my VMs. With version 23 specifically, I received the...

Siemens Releases New Advanced and Redundancy Controllers

Siemens expands its Advanced Controller and Redundancy Controller portfolios. Two new Advanced Controllers have been added to the Simatic S7-1500 line, both of which combine standard,...

Connected Components Workbench Now Supports Importing All MicroLogix Programs

Back in February I wrote this article about converting MicroLogix programs to the Micro800 by using CCW and the MicroLogix Library Converter. At the time I...

Seven Things Studio 5000 Users Need To Know About CCW

If you're familiar with Studio 5000 (or RSLogix 5000) and find yourself in the position of having to write a program for a Micro800,...

Managing Users from a running ViewME or PanelView Plus application

In the early years of the PanelView Plus, user management was limited to logging in, logging out, and changing one's own password. For many companies...
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Where Do You Get Your Automation News Online?

Many of us can't afford the time or expense required to travel to industry trade shows to learn what's new and coming in industrial...

What's New in Connected Components Workbench 11

Earlier this month Rockwell released version 11 of Connected Components Workbench. Below I'll summarize the new features as documented in the release notes, and I...
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How FactoryTalk View Security was Improved in v8

In previous articles I discussed how in version 4 of FactoryTalk View Studio, Rockwell migrated the security system to FactoryTalk Security and the local...

How To Safely Restore View Machine Edition Users and Groups

Restoring FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ViewME) Applications from an Application Archive (.apa) file is typically a straight forward endeavor. One exception is when you're restoring...

How To Backup FactoryTalk View Applications

If you have a FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ViewME) or Site Edition (ViewSE) Application on your PC, it's very important to back it up...

View Machine Edition Security in Versions 4 through 7

Versions 4 through 7 of FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ViewME) uses a substantially different system to store User and Group information when compared with...

Looking for PLC and HMI Starter Kits

In my efforts to broaden the products covered on the blog, I thought I'd look around to see what's available for new PLC and...

New v10 Firmware Breaks PVPlus Wizard, Rockwell's Fix Hidden Behind Paywall

No one is perfect, but locking bug fixes, wiring diagrams and product drivers behind a paywall is not good for customer relations. I'm a huge...

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