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...
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Using the MicroLogix 1400′s LCD To Set Its IP Address

The MicroLogix 1400's LCD, unlike the MicroLogix 1100's, can be used to set the unit's IP Address. In today's article we'll show you the steps to do...
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PLC video course now available for on-demand streaming!

I'm very please to announce that my Micro Programmable Controller Basics training video, previously only available on DVD, has just been released for "Video On-Demand"...
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Working around the Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 utility's syntax error

A few weeks ago, a client asked me to review his SLC-500 program files. He wanted my advice on how difficult it would be to convert them...

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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MicroLogix 1000 and 1500 End of Life Date Announced

Rockwell Automation has officially listed the "end of life" date for the MicroLogix 1000 and 1500. According to their website, they will cease production of the two oldest MicroLogix models on...

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...
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SLC-500 and MicroLogix Index: Links to all our articles, podcasts, and videos

Insights In Automation's SLC-500 and MicroLogix Index (78) Updated on April 1st, 2015 Today we're featuring all the articles, podcasts, and videos we've done on the topic of the Allen-Bradley SLC-500...
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Changes I would like to see made to Rockwell's Translate PLC-5 SLC utility

UPDATE: Rockwell has release a new version of this tool with additional features. To get the latest version, search the below website for “RSLogix Project Migrator...

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,...
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How to find the MAC and IP address on the MicroLogix 1400

Update: To see the latest article on this topic click HERE. The MicroLogix 1400 is one of the few Allen-Bradley PLC's with a small LCD...
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Do you know someone who would like to learn PLCs?

If you know someone who would like to learn PLCs, I may have exactly what they've been looking for.   Not everyone is fortunate enough to...

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...
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The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1000

UPDATE: Rockwell discontinued the MicroLogix 1000 in June of 2017. Launched in 1994, the MicroLogix 1000 was the first Micro PLC released from Allen-Bradley. Seen...

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...
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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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The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1400

In 2008, forteen years after the original MicroLogix 1000 was released, and three years after the MicroLogix 1100, Rockwell introduced the MicroLogix 1400. This new micro PLC built on the success of the MicroLogix...
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Which Allen-Bradley MicroLogix PLC models support Modbus

It's a common question that clients ask, “Which MicroLogix's support Modbus?” In this article I'll detail the answer. MicroLogix 1000 Today’s MicroLogix 1000 still has just...
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Using the MicroLogix 1100's LCD To Enable Default Comms

The MicroLogix 1100's LCD display allows access to many of it's features and functions. In today's article, we show you how to use it to...
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Converting your RSLogix 500 program to RSLogix 5000 using the Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0...

UPDATE: Rockwell has release a new version of this tool with additional features which we cover in our new article HERE. To get the latest version, search...

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...

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...
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RSLogix Micro Starter Unboxing

Last year I purchased a copy of Rockwell's RSLogix Micro Starter programming software (~$150) which programs all of Rockwell's MicroLogix programmable controllers. Note: Rockwell recently changed RSLogix Micro...
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Connecting a PanelView Plus to a SLC-500 Channel 0 Serial Port

When looking to upgrade older PanelView 550 or 600 models, it's common to consider the PanelView Plus 600 as a suitable replacement. For starters, most...

MicroLogix 1500 Installation and Mounting

As seen on The Automation Minute earlier this week, the MicroLogix 1500 comes with an extensive installation document. That document is also available electronically on the manufacturer's...
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Preview my PLC training video

You can now preview my PLC training course, Micro Programmable Controller Basics, in the new video below: [vimeo 124741185 w=600 h=338] Preview video of Micro Programmable Controller...

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...

How to download RS Emulate (A-B PLC Emulator) for free

Update: Click HERE for the latest procedure to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx Classic, and Emulate 500 for FREE. RSLogix Emulate 500 is an excellent little...
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RSLogix 500 and Micro Get Windows 8 Release

Just this last week I found out that Rockwell Automation had released version 9.05 of RSLogix 500 and RSLogix Micro. These new versions add support for Windows 8 and...

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...

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...

This Week On The Automation Minute

This week on The Automation Minute Last Friday I discussed what I think is the best PLC to learn on: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBuBk85Osu4?rel=0] This Thursday I released a three...

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...
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MicroLogix 1100 Expansion I/O

The MicroLogix 1100's base I/O can be expanded using 1762 I/O modules. In this article we'll describe the details of how this is accomplished. On the right...

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,...

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...
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MicroLogix 1200 to PowerFlex 4 from 22-SCM-232 Manual

This first program is based on the example in the appendix of the 22-SCM-232 Manual. After unsuccessfully attempting to get an electronic copy from Rockwell Drives...
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Rockwell's Pump Station Controller Pre-packaged Solution

Continuing this week's theme of profiling Rockwell's free application code, today we'll take a look at their Pump Station Controller Pre-packaged Solution. Similar to the...
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Using the MicroLogix 1400′s LCD To View and Edit Data File Values

The MicroLogix 1400's LCD display allows access to many of it's features and functions. In today's article, we show you how to use it to...
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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...

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...
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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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The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1200

In the year 2000, six years after the MicroLogix 1000 launch and one year after the launch of the MicroLogix 1500, the MicroLogix 1200 was released...
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Low Cost Operators For Home Based PLC Learning

When I began my quest last May to create an affordable PLC training video, I knew the cost of the video itself wasn't the...
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Rockwell's Connected Components Building Blocks

Rockwell's Connected Components Building Blocks (or CCBB for short) is quite possibly the best kept secrete on AB.com. In an apparent effort to answer the...
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Getting Started With Programmable Controllers (PLC)

I often get asked what is the best way to learn how to program PLC's? In my opinion, there's nothing like first hand experience. Therefore, I...

Insights Inbox: Best PLC to use in a College Course?

In today's edition of "Insight's Inbox" we answer a reader's question about what we think would be the best PLC to use in a...
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Micro Programmable Controller Basics

"Everything you need to know to get started using PLCs!"   Today I'm proud to announce the release of my very first DVD training video, "Micro...
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MicroLogix 1200 to PowerFlex 4 using Modbus

This second program is based on the first, but uses the Modbus Master protocol available in the latest release of the MicroLogix 1200, as...
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MicroLogix 1500 Migration Options

With the recent announcement from Rockwell Automation that the MicroLogix 1500's status has been changed to "End of Life," many are asking, "What's the best...

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