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 Fix "Failed To Show RSWho" In RSLinx Classic

If you're seeing a "Failed to show RSWho" error when trying use RSLinx Classic, it's likely a recent Microsoft Windows 10, 8, or 7...

Windows Meltdown and Spectre Patches Impact Rockwell Software Users

Earlier this week, Bob (a fellow automation instructor and a LinkedIn connection), sent me a message about a serious Windows update issue he encountered...

View Studio - Using RSLinx Classic and RSEmulate

In today's article I review how to use RSLinx Classic Lite and RSEmulate 500 with FactoryTalk View Studio. Not many users know that FactoryTalk View...

Setup RSLinx Ethernet Comms to the Micro800

To program Rockwell's Micro820 and Micro850 over Ethernet you first need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic's Ethernet drivers, and in today's article...

Assign a Micro800 an Ethernet Address

Rockwell's Micro820 and Micro850 both have built-on Ethernet communication ports, and in today's article I'll show you two ways to assign these ports an...

Setup Micro800 USB Comms

Rockwell's Micro830 and 850 have convenient USB programming ports built in, and an optional USB programming port can be added to Micro810 and 820. In...

How to install EDS files and eliminate yellow question marks in RSLinx

It's not uncommon for new products to show up in RSLinx's RSWho as "yellow question marks." And in most cases to connect to the device in...

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...

How to setup RSLinx and download to a PLC-5 via Serial

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate over serial with an Allen-Bradley PLC-5 so you can download or go online...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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Is Ethernet the only way to connect to a PanelView Plus?

Student Question: I'm not sure I can connect to my PanelView Plus 600 at work to edit its program using Ethernet because I'm not an admin...

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...

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...

New free Logix getting started course now available!

As a follow-up to the free VMware Workstation course I released earlier this month, I'm proud to announce the release of a new free course,...

VMware Settings that work with RSLinx, ControlFlash, and BOOTP

In today's article I'll show the you the VMware Workstation settings I used to allow BOOTP, RSLinx, and ControlFlash to work. Part 1) VMware Workstation Network Connection Setting Step 1)...

How to set a CompactLogix Ethernet address through its USB Port

In today's article I walk you through how to set or change a CompactLogix processor's Ethernet address through its USB port using RSLinx Classic. Step 1)...

How to set a CompactLogix Ethernet address through its Serial Port

In today's article I walk you  through how to set or change a CompactLogix processor's Ethernet address through its Serial Port using RSLinx Classic. Step 1) Confirm your...

How to connect to a CompactLogix using USB

In today's article I walk you through how to configure RSLinx to communicate to a CompactLogix processor using USB. Step 1) Locate your CompactLogix's USB port If...

How to connect to a CompactLogix using Serial

In today's article I walk you step-by-step through how to configure RSLinx to communicate to a CompactLogix processor's serial port using a serial cable and...
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How RSView32 and FactoryTalk View Licensing Differs

I talk to a lot of people these days who are looking to migrate their old RSView32 systems, usually running on Windows XP, to FactoryTalk...

Connected Components Workbench Version 8 Released

Last week while checking operating system compatibility of Connected Components Workbench (CCW) Version 7, I noticed Version 8 was also listed. Curios to know if this was an...
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How to speed up RSLinx Classic installs

A need for speed... Here in the Northeast, in the current climate of running lean and mean, time is a precious commodity. So when setting up...
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How to set the Ethernet/IP address of your new CompactLogix using the USB port

If you're still using BOOT-P to set the IP address of your USB equipped 5370 CompactLogix, today I'll show you a much easier way. First,...
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Why won't RSLinx Enterprise show up in Emulate 5000?

Last week a client sent me a CompactLogix file and PanelView Plus file to review. To test these files together I usually change the CompactLogix...
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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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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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Getting Allen-Bradley (A-B) Programmable Controller data into Excel using RSLinx Classic

If you would like to display data from your Allen-Bradley PLC or PAC in Microsoft Excel, and have a licensed copy RSLinx Classic (aka RSLinx,)...
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How to backup your RSLinx Classic configuration

Over the years many people have related a story to me which goes something like, "I spent hours getting RSLinx setup just right, and then someone...
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Data Logging Options For CompactLogix and ControlLogix

Clients often ask me about available data logging options for the CompactLogix and ControlLogix. And as of version 21, the controller itself still has...
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Using DH-485 On The New PanelView Plus 6 400 And 600

Most of the original PanelView Plus 400 and 600 models accepted an optional communications module, and the following were available: 2711P-RN3 DH-485 communication module 2711P-RN8 DH+ communication...
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How To Automatically Run A USB Flash Drive Script On The PanelView Plus

On Monday and Tuesday we discussed how to access the "Configuration Mode" of the PanelView Plus and PanelView Plus 6. One additional way we did not...
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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 (A-B) And Rockwell Automation (RA) Software (Part 2)

UPDATE 10/31/2017: Try as I might, I can no longer find the software packages listed in this article anywhere online (the associated sites have...
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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...
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How to get Rockwell Software (RS) And Allen-Bradley (A-B) Replacement Activations and Activation Support:

What are Activations? “Activation” is a broad term used to describe the copy protection mechanism Rockwell Automation (RA) uses for its Rockwell Software products. In...
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How to get Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Software (RS) Manuals and Documentation: Part 2

Getting hard physical copies of manuals and documentation for Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software products: Click here to read part one of this article Yesterday we discussed...
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How to get Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Software (RS) Manuals and Documentation: Part 1

When using new products from Allen-Bradley or Rockwell Software, you’ll likely need to refer to the product documentation and manuals for product details. And...
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Transferring Software Registration of Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Software (RS) products

Occasionally a Contractor, System Integrator (SI,) or Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) will provide programming software to their end customer, but forget to register it to them. When this...
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FactoryTalk Alarm and Events area issue

A good client recently asked me to visit a site with him to help troubleshoot an odd issue he was having with FactoryTalk Alarm and...

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