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Thursday, November 23, 2017

View Studio - Remote Display Control with Global Connections

In today's article I review how to remotely trigger Graphic Displays on a PanelView Plus or FactoryTalk View Machine Edition Runtime. Step 1) With your View...

View Studio - Using RSLinx Classic and RSEmulate

In today's article I review how to use RSLinx Classic Lite and RSEmulate 500 with FactoryTalk View Studio. Not many users know that FactoryTalk View...

View Studio: Scaling a Value in a Numeric Display

In today's article I cover how to scale a value in a numeric display within FactoryTalk View Studio. A reader recently reached out to me with a problem he...

RSLogix Micro: Selecting the Controller Type

Recently a reader posted on The Automation Forums asking how he could set or change the I/O base selected in his RSLogix Micro program. Since...

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...

New Micro800 Lessons on Plug-in Analog Inputs, Scaling, and more

Our Five Star rated Micro800 course, Nano Basics, receives new lessons on using Plug-In I/O, Scaling, and more! In the first new lesson, students learn...

Ask Me Anything about the PanelView Standard

In the coming weeks I'll be filming a new "PanelView Standard" quick start course, and in the below video I ask for your PanelView Standard questions: https://youtu.be/tF4QjyIC53g So please Ask Me Anything...

PanelView Standard Terminals

Over the years Rockwell has made many different lines of PanelView HMI products. But its second line, the PanelView Standard, was one of the most popular...

PanelView Standard AMA (Ask Me Anything!)

In the coming weeks I'll be filming a new "PanelView Standard" quick start course, and thought a great way to prepare for it would be to have a PanelView Standard...

Learn how to use CCW to backup, edit, and restore A-B VFD parameters

Do you or someone on your staff need to backup, edit, or restore A-B VFD parameters? If so, you may be interested in my new...

Math with Mixed Data Types in the Micro800

While Rockwell's Micro800 line of programmable controllers does include support for instructions you won't find in RSLogix, it's lacking one big feature that many...

The Micro800 Timer On Off Instruction

Rockwell's Micro800 line of programmable controllers include support for a few instructions you won't find in RSLogix. In today's article we'll discuss one of those instructions,...

The Micro800 Reverse Coil Instruction

Rockwell's Micro800 line of programmable controllers include support for some instructions you won't find in RSLogix. In today's article we'll discuss one of those instructions, the...

Downloading Programs to a Micro800

In today's article I'll walk you through how to download a program to a Micro800 using Connected Components Workbench version 10. Preface: If you need a...

Micro800 Program Structure: How it differs from other A-B PLCs

While Rockwell's Micro800 family of low cost programmable controllers have appealing price points, one look at the programming software is often enough to keep many Logix...

Micro800 IO Tags and Aliasing

Rockwell's Micro800 family of low cost programmable controllers have very appealing price points. But when it comes to usability, many of us have been reluctant...

Setup RSLinx Ethernet Comms to the Micro800

To program Rockwell's Micro820 and Micro850 over Ethernet you first need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic's Ethernet drivers, and in today's article...

How to "Ping" a PLC

PLCs of all shapes and sizes now come with Ethernet communications built-in. And one of the easiest ways to insure you have network connectivity between...

Assign a Micro800 an Ethernet Address

Rockwell's Micro820 and Micro850 both have built-on Ethernet communication ports, and in today's article I'll show you two ways to assign these ports an...

Setup Micro800 USB Comms

Rockwell's Micro830 and 850 have convenient USB programming ports built in, and an optional USB programming port can be added to Micro810 and 820. In...

Set a PowerFlex 525's Ethernet IP Address using a PC

Rockwell's PowerFlex 525 is a popular VFD given the fact that it has a built-in Ethernet/IP port. And in today's article I'll show you how...

Set a PowerFlex 525's Ethernet IP Address using its Keypad

Rockwell's PowerFlex 525 is a popular VFD given the fact that it has a built-in Ethernet/IP port. And in today's article I'll show you how...

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...

New affordable Micro800 training from The Automation Blog!

For many of us who've spent years (or decades) programming Allen-Bradley PLCs, the thought of learning a new PLC line or brand can bring on a...

Setup and use the PanelView Plus 7 File Server

So you have a PanelView Plus 7 and want to enable its File Server? Well in today's article I'll show you step-by-step how to use...

Setup and Use the PanelView Plus 7 FTP Server

So you have a PanelView Plus 7 and want to ? Well in today's article I'll show you step-by-step how to use the PanelView Plus...

Enable the PanelView Plus 7 Webserver

So you have a PanelView Plus 7 and want to enable its Web Server? Well in today's article I'll show you step-by-step how to use...

Enable and Access ViewPoint on the PanelView Plus 7

So you have a PanelView Plus 7 and downloaded a Runtime Application to it that contains ViewPoint content and now you want to enable...

Enable and Use VNC on the PanelView Plus 7

NOTE: While this procedure works for older models as well, to see the a procedure written for the original PanelView Plus CE / VersaView...

How to access the Windows Desktop on the PanelView Plus 7

So you have a PanelView Plus 7 and want to setup Desktop Access to the Windows CE Desktop? Well in today's article I'll show you...