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...

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,...

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...

How To Convert MicroLogix 1000 Programs to Micro800

In today's article I'll walk you through how to convert a MicroLogix 1000 program to a Micro800. To accomplish this, we'll use RSLogix 500 and the Connected...

How To Convert SLC-500 Programs to ControlLogix

In this article we'll look at converting SLC-500 programs to ControlLogix using the RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0. Note: To get RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0,...

How To Convert SLC-500 Programs to MicroLogix

In this article we'll look at converting SLC-500 programs to MicroLogix, including how to address two common errors. Step 1) Start by opening RSLogix 500. In...

New Micro800 lessons on PowerFlex, PanelView, and more!

The world's highest rated Micro800 course, Nano Basics, just got better! We've recently added new lessons covering Expansion I/O, Modbus, Ethernet, VFDs, and HMIs! In the...

New Micro 870 Controller

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

Coming: Connected Components Workbench R11

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

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...

New Micro800 Lessons on Plug-in Analog Outputs and Universal Analog Inputs

Our five-star rated Micro800 course, Nano Basics, receives new lessons on using Analog Outputs and Universal Analog Inputs! In the first of two new new...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Where can you download a free copy of Connected Components Workbench?

So you've heard about Rockwell's new line of low cost Micro PLCs, and now want to get your hands on the free software to...
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What's new in RSLogix 500, Micro v11

RSLogix 500 and RSLogix Micro version 11 is out, and in today's article we'll take a look at what's new in this release: UPDATE: My MicroLogix "Five...

What's New in Connected Components Workbench 10?

Connected Components Workbench (CCW) version 10 is out and in today's article we'll take a look at what's new and different in this release: UPDATE: My...

I want to learn A-B PLC's, which model should I get?

This is a common question I get here on the blog and from my students at TheAutomationSchool.com. And while Rockwell has released many different platforms since...

How to setup RSLinx for PLC-5 and SLC-500 on Data Highway Plus

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate via USB over Data Highway Plus to an Allen-Bradley PLC-5 or SLC-5/04? Well you're in...

How to setup RSLinx and download to a PLC-5 via Serial

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate over serial with an Allen-Bradley PLC-5 so you can download or go online...

How to setup RSLinx and download to a SLC-500 via DH-485

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate over DH-485 to an Allen-Bradley SLC-500 so you can download or go online...

How to setup RSLinx and download to a SLC-500 via Serial

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate over serial with an Allen-Bradley SLC-500 so you can download or go online with...

How to setup RSLinx and download to a MicroLogix 1400

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1400 using Ethernet in order to download or go...

How to setup RSLinx comms and connect to a MicroLogix 1100

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1100 using Ethernet in order to download or go...

How to setup RSLinx comms and connect to a MicroLogix 1200

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1200 in order to download or go online with...

How to setup RSLinx comms and connect to a MicroLogix 1500

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1500 in order to download or go online with...

How to setup RSLinx comms and connect to a MicroLogix 1000

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1000 in order to download or go online with...

Do you really need RSLogix 500 to program a MicroLogix?

Over the last few months I've received several messages asking what the correct software is to program the MicroLogix line of programmable controllers. This confusion surprises...

USB to Data Highway Plus using the ANC-120e, a lower cost alternative to the...

In today's episode of The Automation Podcast I take a look at the ANC-120e USB to Data Highway Plus converter from Automation Networks. Now you may...

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...

How to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx, and Emulate for free (Fall 2016)

UPDATE: As of November 2017 this procedure still works as long as you follow all the steps, including Step 5. I commend Rockwell on their efforts...

MicroLogix 1000 vs. 1100 Part Two: Data Files

While the MicroLogix 1000 is the least expensive RSLogix based PLC from Rockwell Automation (starting around $150,) it's also the most limited. That in mind,...

MicroLogix 1000 vs. 1100 Part One: Program files

While the MicroLogix 1000 is the least expensive RSLogix based PLC from Rockwell Automation (starting around $150,) it's also the most limited. That in mind,...

How to setup and use RS Emulate

Last week I walked through how to get a free copy of RSLogix Emulate 500, and in today's article I'll show you how to...

Top Two RSLogix 5, 500, Micro Tips

When you've been using a software package since version 1.0, you're likely to pick up some tips along the way. And when you've spent twenty...

How to get free A-B PLC Sample Programs

I get asked a lot by my students where they can get sample programs for MicroLogix PLCs. I tell them that, in addition to the...