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MicroLogix 1400 Installation and Mounting

The MicroLogix 1400 has an extensive installation document referred to as "installation instructions" which you can obtain electronically from Rockwell's website HERE. While these "installation instructions" cover...
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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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Finding a MicroLogix 1100's IP and MAC Address

The MicroLogix 1100 includes an Ethernet port with a fixed MAC address, as well as a settable Ethernet IP address. In today's article we'll...
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Using the MicroLogix 1100's LCD To Change Trim Pot Values

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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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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Using the MicroLogix 1100's LCD To Change Modes

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...
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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...
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MicroLogix 1100 Installation and Mounting

The MicroLogix 1100 use to come with an extensive installation document referred to as, "installation instructions." However, these days it seems the best way to get...
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The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1100

In 2005, eleven years after the original MicroLogix was released, and five years after the previous model launched, Rockwell introduced the MicroLogix 1100. This new MicroLogix represented many firsts for the MicroLogix line, including...
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How to get a free copy of RSLogix Emulate 500

Update: Click HERE for the latest procedure to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx Classic, and Emulate 500 Free is good One of the best kept Rockwell secretes...
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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...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Top Ten Sorting Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" This blog series highlights automation articles and content that I originally posted on my previous website(s) between 1999 to 2013. Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 program I wrote to work...
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Flashback Friday! RSLogix 500 Top Ten Sort

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" This blog series highlights automation articles and content that I originally posted on my previous website(s) between 1999 to 2013. Today I'm highlighting an RSLogix 500 program I wrote...
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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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MicroLogix 1500 Expansion I/O

The MicroLogix 1500's base I/O can be expanded using the popular line of 1769 expansion I/O, also known as Compact I/O. In this article we'll describe...

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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The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1500

UPDATE: Rockwell discontinued the MicroLogix 1500 in May of 2017.  In 1999, five years after the launch of the MicroLogix 1000, the first entry in...
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MicroLogix 1200 Expansion I/O

The MicroLogix 1200'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. The right front...
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MicroLogix 1200 Installation and Mounting

As seen on The Automation Minute earlier this week, the MicroLogix 1200 comes with an extensive installation document. That document is also available electronically on the manufacturer's...
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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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Free MicroLogix 1000 (and 1100) Programming Software

Update: Click HERE for the latest procedure to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx Classic, and Emulate 500 for FREE. How to get free programming software for...

MicroLogix 1000 Installation and Mounting

As seen on The Automation Minute earlier this week, the MicroLogix 1000 comes with an extensive installation document. This document is also available on the manufacturer's website...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 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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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'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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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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Why the Allen-Bradley (A-B) 1747-PIC always had trouble working in Microsoft Windows

Over the years I’ve heard more than my fair share of complaints about Allen-Bradley’s 1747-PIC’s lack of Microsoft Windows support. In fact, every time...
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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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Arranging Windows in RSLogix 5 and 500

When I visit clients I often see them struggle to arrange windows inside RSLogix 5 and 500, resulting in a working environment like the one below: Maybe it's...
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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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How to change the RSLogix online animation

In today's article we'll take a walk on the lighter side and discuss the merely cosmetic ability to change the online animation in RSLogix 5 and 500. What...
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Adding a MicroLogix to a DH-485 network

Yesterday we discussed replacing a Fixed SLC-500 with a MicroLogix. However, if the replaced SLC was on a DH-485 network, most ikely the replacement will also...

Replace a Fixed SLC-500 (1747-Lxxx) with a MicroLogix

Recently a client called asking what I thought would be the best PLC to replace a Fixed SLC-500. Specifically he was looking to replace a 1747-L40A. To pick...
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The Fixed Style SLC-500

Recently a client called asking what I thought would be the best replacement for a 1747-L40A. But to understand how to size a replacement for this PLC, we'll first...
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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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How to add Ethernet communications to a non-Ethernet PLC-5

Today you'll find Ethernet in almost every manufacturing facility, and on most all modern automation systems. But many facilities also have an installed base of...
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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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USB Cables For Use With Allen-Bradley (A-B) Products

For decades we’ve relied on our laptop’s trusty Serial Port or PCMCIA Slot to communicate with legacy A-B devices. But when our old laptop dies,...
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Free Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Automation software (part 1)

Rockwell Automation has a reputation of charging for their PLC programming software, and that's true for most of the packages that program their Programmable Controllers. However, RA does make...