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...

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...

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...

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...

How to import and export variables and comments in Connected Components Workbench (CCW)

Connected Components Workbench (CCW) version 7.0 added some much needed usability features when it released back in September of 2014. One of those welcome features...
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How to change the Micro800 controller type in Connected Components Workbench (CCW)

Connected Components Workbench (CCW) version 7.0 added some much needed features when it released back in September of 2014. One of those welcome features was a context-sensitive...

Deal of the Week: Micro PLC's and Cables

The Automation Blog's Deals of the Week: I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and the ones below caught my eye this week: Note: Below...
Micro800 Training Course Nano-Basics

Micro800 Training Course

If you've visited TheAutomationMinute.com lately, you've seen that I've started publishing a series of videos on the Micro800. Part of the reason for this is, while I...

Do you use the Allen-Bradley Micro800 line of PLCs?

Question of the Week: Do you use the Allen-Bradley Micro800 line of PLCs? In this week's question we're asking you if you use the Allen-Bradley Micro800 line...
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How to use the MicroLogix to Micro800 conversion tool

Update: For the latest procedure see our article HERE. In today's article we walk you through the steps to import a MicroLogix program into a Micro800 using the Connected Components...
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How to get Rockwell's MicroLogix to Micro800 conversion tool

In today's article I'll walk you through how to get Rockwell's "MicroLogix Library Converter" MicroLogix 1000 to Micro800 conversion tool. NOTE: For a step by step...
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Rockwell releases MicroLogix 1000 to Micro800 conversion tool

Earlier this week (in this article) we covered the "MicroLogix 1000 to Micro800 Migration Guide" which Rockwell released shortly after announcing the 1000 and 1500...
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Rockwell Releases MicroLogix 1000 to Micro800 Migration Guide

On June 29th in this article I wrote about Rockwell's recent announcement that the product life cycle designation for the MicroLogix 1000 and 1500 family...
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MicroLogix 1000 Migration Options

With the recent announcement from Rockwell Automation that the MicroLogix 1000's status has been changed to "End of Life," many users are asking, "What's the...
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CCW support for Windows XP / 7 / 8

Last week in this article I discussed how to use Rockwell's PCDC webpage to look up the compatibility of Rockwell Software packages with Microsoft Windows...
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Micro800 Index: Links to all our articles, podcasts, and videos

Insights In Automation's Micro800 Index (16) Updated on March 30th, 2015 Today we're featuring all the articles, podcasts, and videos we've posted on the topic of Rockwell's Micro800s. If there’s a...

Connected Components Workbench Version 8 Released

Last week while checking operating system compatibility of Connected Components Workbench (CCW) Version 7, I noticed Version 8 was also listed. Curios to know if this was an...

Connected Components Workbench Version 7 Released

Last week Rockwell's Connected Components Workbench (aka CCW) Version 7 became available for download from Rockwell HERE. The standard package weighs in at a hefty 1.5gb, and...
Small Ethernet PLC's from A-B

Small Allen-Bradley (A-B) Ethernet Programmable Controllers

Today, Ethernet is the network of choice for automation systems. In years past, Ethernet was an expensive and costly add-on. However, more and more small programmable controllers...
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An A-B Ethernet PLC for $250?

Ears perk up when I mention Rockwell released an Ethernet PLC with a list price of $249. And surprisingly, there is a much interest in using...
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A-B Micro PLC support for HSC and PTO Functions

Recently, a client asked me which A-B Micro PLC's supported HSC and PTO functions, as well as how fast each is. Below is the...
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The Automation Blog's "Best Of 2013" Programmable Controller blogs

Welcome to the first article in our "Best of 2013" series. Today we focus on our seven most popular Programmable Controller blogs. However, we should...
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Rockwell's Connected Components Accelerator Toolkit

Like the Connected Components Building Blocks (CCBB,) Rockwell's Connected Components Accelerator Toolkit (CCAT for short) is designed around "component" level devices. However, this "Accelerator Toolkit" is designed for the Micro800...
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Rockwell releases VFFS Machine video, sample code and white paper

(Updated 11/06/2017) On November 25th, 2013, Rockwell released a new YouTube video promoting it's "Micro800 Solution for Intermittent VFFS" (Vertical Form, Fill and Seal.) For those of you...
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The Micro820 as seen at Automation Fair 2013

The soon to be released Micro820 on display at Automation Fair 2013: The Micro820 is the newest entry in Rockwell's Micro800 family. The unit is outfitted with two...
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Beginner's PLC

So you're new to the world of PLC's (Programmable Logic Controllers) and are looking to buy a beginner's PLC to work with at home. I'm...
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Micro800 Family "How To" Videos from Allen-Bradley Part 3

Today in the final part of our three part series, we'll list the beginner Micro800 Family "How To" Videos Rockwell has posted to YouTube.com. Using Advanced Instructions In Ladder...
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Micro800 Family "How To" Videos from Allen-Bradley Part 2

Today in part two of our three part series we'll list the beginner Micro800 Family "How To" Videos Rockwell has posted to YouTube.com. Introductions to the Micro800 Family Allen-Bradley...
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Micro800 Family "How To" Videos from Allen-Bradley Part 1

When Rockwell released it's new Micro800 PLC and the Connected Component Workbench (CCW) programming software, it knew that new users were going to need...
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Plug and Play with Allen-Bradley Devices

Plug and Play comes to the world of Allen-Bradley Industrial Automation. With a fairly recent copy of the free RSLinx Classic Lite, and A-B devices with USB...

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