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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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 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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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...

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 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...
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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...

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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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...

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...

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,...

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...
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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...
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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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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...

Message Data Between DF1 And Ethernet Devices (video)

In today's episode of The Automation Show, we walk through how to message between DF1 and Ethernet devices using the 515RTAENI from Real Time Automation. For more...

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 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...

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...
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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...

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)...
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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...

How to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx, and Emulate for free (2019)

UPDATE: As of January 2019 this procedure still works as long as you follow all the steps, including Step 5 and 6. I commend Rockwell on...

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,...
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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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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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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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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...

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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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...

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 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...

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 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...

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