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"...

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)...

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...

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)...

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 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...

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 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 will convert SLC-500 programs to ControlLogix using the RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0. Note: To get RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0, search...

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...

PLC-5 and SLC-500: Communicate and Download over Data Highway Plus using RSLinx and RSLogix

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...

The SLC-500: Communicate and Download over DH-485 using RSLinx and RSLogix 500

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...

The SLC-500: Communicate and Download over Serial DF1 using RSLinx and RSLogix 500

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...

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