The SLC-500: Communicate and Download over DH-485 using RSLinx and RSLogix 500

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate over DH-485 to an Allen-Bradley SLC-500 so you can download or go online...

PLC-5 and SLC-500: Communicate and Download over Data Highway Plus using RSLinx and RSLogix

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate via USB over Data Highway Plus to an Allen-Bradley PLC-5 or SLC-5/04? Well you're in...

USB to Data Highway Plus using the ANC-120e, a lower cost alternative to the...

In today's episode of The Automation Podcast I take a look at the ANC-120e USB to Data Highway Plus converter from Automation Networks. Now you may...

The Automation Blog’s “Best Of 2014″ SLC & MicroLogix blogs

Welcome to the third article in our "Best of 2014" series. Today we'll list the seven most popular SLC & MicroLogix blogs of 2014. As we mentioned yesterday,...
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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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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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Flashback Friday! The SLC-500 Blue Demo Case

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today's Flashback Friday article is a little different than previous editions. Today I'm highlighting a piece of legacy hardware, the SLC-500 blue demo case. When...

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 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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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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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...

The SLC-500: Communicate and Download over Serial DF1 using RSLinx and RSLogix 500

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate over serial with an Allen-Bradley SLC-500 so you can download or go online with...
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RSLogix 500 Top Ten Sort

This RSLogix 500 ladder program was design for a friends trade show at Disney World. They had set up a slot car track and were...
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Insight's Inbox: I can't connect to my SLC-500

Today we dig into our mailbag for another edition of "Insight's Inbox." Reader Question: I've run into an issue for which I would like to ask your opinion. Here...
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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...

The SLC-5/05: Setup Comms and Download over Ethernet using RSLinx and RSLogix 500

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley SLC-5/05 using Ethernet in order to download (or go online)...
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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...

The SLC-5/05: How to set the Ethernet IP Address using RSLogix 500

How to set the Ethernet IP Address of a SLC-5/05 Controller using RSLogix. Setting a SLC-5/05's IP Address Offline: If you have a project file for...
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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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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...
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RSLogix 500 Program for PanelBuilder32 Demo Compilation

This SLC-500 project was compiled from four separate ladder programs, each independently developed for four PanelView projects. Requirements: RSLogix 500 Version: 6.0 Additional Requirements: None ...

The SLC-5/05: How to set the Ethernet IP Address using BOOTP

How to set the Ethernet IP Address of a SLC-5/05 Controller using the free BOOTP-DHCP utility. If you have a new SLC-5/05, or one that has...
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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...

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...

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...

The SLC-500: Resetting to Factory Defaults

How to clear a SLC-500 controller's memory and reset it to factory defaults. In the SLC-500 family of controllers there are three different ways memory...
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Flashback Friday - Panelbuilder32 Demo Compilation

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting my eleven year old PanelBuilder32 Demo Compilation Project. Back in 2004 I set out to combine the best PanelView demos I...
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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-L40. But to understand how to size a replacement for this PLC, we'll first...

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...

DF1 to Ethernet (video)

In today's episode of The Automation Show, I setup a 515RTAENI DF1 to Ethernet bridge from Real Time Automation. For more information, check out the "Show Notes"...
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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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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...

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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RSLogix 500 Providence Beer Demo

Let's make some virtual beer! This RSLogix 500 Providence Beer Demo Ladder Logic program was designed to support a PanelView class I was holding back in 1996....

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...
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How to add Ethernet to a SLC-500

The SLC-500 is a very popular PLC with over a million installed processors in facilities around the world. Over the years many of those facilities have modernized their sites by adding...

How to Message (MSG) data from a MicroLogix 1400 to a SLC-5/05 over Ethernet

In Today's article I walk you through how to Message data over Ethernet using the MSG instruction from a MicroLogix 1400 to a SLC-5/05 . Note: In...
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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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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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SLC-500 Content Index of all our SLC-500 related articles, videos, and podcasts

The Automation Blog's SLC-500 Blog Index (36) Updated on 09/10/2018 With the recent slew of SLC-500 questions coming into The Automation Forums and The Automation School, I thought it'd...
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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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Is the SLC-500 still viable?

I recently received a message from someone who had just purchased a used machine with a SLC-500 based control system on it. Because most of...
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Flashback Friday! RSLogix 500 "Providence Beer" Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting my RSLogix 500 "Providence Beer" demo. The year was 1996 and I was tasked with designing a "hands-on"...

The SLC-500: A Tale Of Six Controllers

The SLC-500 family of Programmable Logic Controllers was quite popular when it launched in the early nineties. The most obvious reason was that it was...

The SLC-500: Controller Image Gallery

Here's an image gallery of all five models of SLC-500 Modular Controllers. Have a question or comment? If you do, you can post it by clicking...

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