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Using PlantPAx Process Library AOIs in RSLogix/Studio 5000 (video)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we walk through how to download and use PlantPAx Process Library AOI's in RSLogix/Studio 5000: For more...

Using The Sequencer Output Instruction in RSLogix/Studio 5000 (video)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we walk through what it takes to use the Sequencer Output Instruction in RSLogix/Studio 5000: (starts...

What's New with Logix and View? (video)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at What's New in Logix and View based on the Automation Fair...

Does the Feature Pack make CCW look more like Logix? (video)

In today's episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at the Automation Fair 2018 presentation on what's new in CCW v11, and...

What's New in Logix, AF2018

One of my favorite Automation Fair Technical Sessions is "What's New in Logix," and in today's article I'll highlight the slides that caught my...

The First Generation of CompactLogix Controllers

The CompactLogix family of Programmable Automation Controllers has been popular with Small Machine Builders and System Integrators for many years. The most obvious reason for...

Pre-order my CompactLogix Training Course to save over 70%!

Since I released my comprehensive ControlLogix Training Course (PAC Basics) last year, I've been receiving a lot of requests for a course covering the...

What's New in Studio 5000 (TechED 18)

In today's article I'll review my top five Studio 5000 announcements from the "What’s New in the Integrated Architecture System Software" TechED presentation. Note: You can...

CCW 11 Feature Pack Will Add "Logix Like" Ladder Editor

In Rockwell's recently released TechED presentations, new information has surfaced about how they plan to make CCW look more like RSLogix and Studio 5000. This...

Studio 5000 CM Runtime Installation Error Fix

I recently ran into an issue while installing some Studio 5000 back revs on one of my VMs. With version 23 specifically, I received the...

Connected Components Workbench Now Supports Importing All MicroLogix Programs

Back in February I wrote this article about converting MicroLogix programs to the Micro800 by using CCW and the MicroLogix Library Converter. At the time I...

Seven Things Studio 5000 Users Need To Know About CCW

If you're familiar with Studio 5000 (or RSLogix 5000) and find yourself in the position of having to write a program for a Micro800,...

What's New in Connected Components Workbench 11

Earlier this month Rockwell released version 11 of Connected Components Workbench. Below I'll summarize the new features as documented in the release notes, and I...

How To Fix ".Net Framework 3.5 Is Not Installed"

If you're seeing a ".Net Framework 3.5 Is Not Installed" error when trying to install Studio 5000, follow these simple steps to get it...

Studio 5000 Logix Designer 31: What's New?

Earlier this month Rockwell released version 31 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer. Below I'll summarize the new features as documented in the release notes, and...

How To Convert MicroLogix 1000 Programs to Micro800

In today's article I'll walk you through how to convert a MicroLogix 1000 program to a Micro800. To accomplish this, we'll use RSLogix 500 and the Connected...

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...

New Micro800 lessons on PowerFlex, PanelView, and more!

The world's highest rated Micro800 course, Nano Basics, just got better! We've recently added new lessons covering Expansion I/O, Modbus, Ethernet, VFDs, and HMIs! In the...

Coming: Connected Components Workbench R11

Welcome to part four of the nine part series covering my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

Coming: Refresh of Studio 5000

Welcome to part two of the nine part series detailing my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation...

New Micro800 Lessons on Plug-in Analog Outputs and Universal Analog Inputs

Our five-star rated Micro800 course, Nano Basics, receives new lessons on using Analog Outputs and Universal Analog Inputs! In the first of two new new...

Studio 5000: How to connect to an existing Controller

In today's article I cover how to upload and go online  to an existing ControlLogix or CompactLogix controller for the first time when you don't already...

New Micro800 Lessons on Plug-in Analog Inputs, Scaling, and more

Our Five Star rated Micro800 course, Nano Basics, receives new lessons on using Plug-In I/O, Scaling, and more! In the first new lesson, students learn...

Learn how to use CCW to backup, edit, and restore A-B VFD parameters

Do you or someone on your staff need to backup, edit, or restore A-B VFD parameters? If so, you may be interested in my new...

Math with Mixed Data Types in the Micro800

While Rockwell's Micro800 line of programmable controllers does include support for instructions you won't find in RSLogix, it's lacking one big feature that many...

The Micro800 Timer On Off Instruction

Rockwell's Micro800 line of programmable controllers include support for a few instructions you won't find in RSLogix. In today's article we'll discuss one of those instructions,...

The Micro800 Reverse Coil Instruction

Rockwell's Micro800 line of programmable controllers include support for some instructions you won't find in RSLogix. In today's article we'll discuss one of those instructions, the...

Downloading Programs to a Micro800

In today's article I'll walk you through how to download a program to a Micro800 using Connected Components Workbench version 10. Preface: If you need a...

Micro800 Program Structure: How it differs from other A-B PLCs

While Rockwell's Micro800 family of low cost programmable controllers have appealing price points, one look at the programming software is often enough to keep many Logix...

Micro800 IO Tags and Aliasing

Rockwell's Micro800 family of low cost programmable controllers have very appealing price points. But when it comes to usability, many of us have been reluctant...

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...

ControlLogix course adds PowerFlex lessons!

This week the highest rated ControlLogix course on the web gets even better with additional lessons on integrating PowerFlex drives! In fact, over at The...

New affordable Micro800 training from The Automation Blog!

For many of us who've spent years (or decades) programming Allen-Bradley PLCs, the thought of learning a new PLC line or brand can bring on a...

Where can you download a free copy of Connected Components Workbench?

So you've heard about Rockwell's new line of low cost Micro PLCs, and now want to get your hands on the free software to...

What's New in Connected Components Workbench 10?

Connected Components Workbench (CCW) version 10 is out and in today's article we'll take a look at what's new and different in this release: UPDATE: My...

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...

ControlLogix Training Video and Detailed Lessons

What should you learn if you're going to start programming or maintaining Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controllers? Well, in the below video I cover all...

What's New in Studio 5000 Logix Designer v30

Version 30 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer programming software has been release for Rockwell's 5370 and 5380 CompactLogix controllers, as well as their 5570...

More ControlLogix Lessons Added!

The number of free Add-on Instructions available for the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controller platform is quite impressive. Just between the AOIs available from Rockwell's...
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How to get Rockwell's PlantPAx Library of Process Objects

One of the new lessons I've recorded for my ControlLogix training course, PAC Basics, is how to download and use some of the AOIs included...

New ControlLogix Lesson Added!

One of the most requested topics for my ControlLogix course has been the creating and using of Add-on Instructions (AOIs) And today I'm happy to...

Duplicating Programs in RSLogix and Studio 5000

In today's article I cover how to quickly and easily export and import programs in RSLogix and Studio 5000. Step 1) Start by opening your project in RSLogix...

New ControlLogix Lessons Added!

The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controller platform is a powerful and versatile programmable controller line. However, it can also be quite intimidating for those new...

Duplicating Routines in RSLogix and Studio 5000

In today's article I cover how to quickly and easily export and import routines while at the same time replacing tag addresses using RSLogix or Studio 5000. Step 1) Open your...

Duplicating Rungs in RSLogix and Studio 5000

In today's article I cover how to quickly and easily export and import multiple rungs while at the same time replacing tag addresses using RSLogix or Studio 5000. Step...

ControlLogix Training Now Available At The Automation School

Today I'm happy to announce that my new ControlLogix training course, PAC Basics, is now available to take online at TheAutomationSchool.com. This new edition of...

What's New in Studio 5000, AF 2016

Another Automation Fair Technical Session I attended yesterday was, "What's New in Studio 5000," and below I'll recap what I found most interesting about that...
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Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 29 Released

Version 29 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer software, required to program Rockwell's new 5380 and 5580 series of programmable automation controllers, is now available...

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