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What's new in RSLogix 500 and 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...

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 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...

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...

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...

How to download RSLogix and RSLinx for free

Update: Click HERE for the latest procedure to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx Classic, and Emulate 500 for FREE. Rockwell Automation recently redesigned their website, and...

Get RSLogix ready for Halloween!

In today's article I'll show you a little known trick to give RSLogix 5, 500 & Micro some Halloween spirit! First, you know that online animation in RSLogix? You know,...
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Flashback Friday! MicroLogix to PowerFlex 4

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting a couple of eleven year old MicroLogix programs showing how to communicate to a PowerFlex 4. Back in 2004...
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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 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...
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Everything you need to know to get started programming Allen-Bradley PLCs

So you, or someone you know, wants to learn how to use Allen-Bradley programmable controllers? Well you're in luck! In today's article I'll cover everything you...
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RSLogix 5, 500, and Micro support for Windows XP / 7 / 8

Last Wednesday 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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RSLogix Micro Starter Goes Download Only

I recently was informed that RSLogix Micro Starter is now available for purchase as an electronic download. For those who don't know, RSLogix Micro Starter is a roughly $140 Rockwell Software...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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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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...