Compact GuardLogix 5380 with Safety I/O

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

1756 Compute Module

Welcome to part three of the nine part series detailing 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...

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...

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...

Monitor ControlLogix Tags with your iPhone

It seems everyone today has a smart phone, and many of those phones (mine included) are Apple iOS based iPhones. So when Peter Henderson of...

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...

How to download free Allen-Bradley Sample Code, Programs and AOIs

One of the topics I like to cover in my training courses is how users can get (and use) free sample code, programs, and...

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 Logix, AF 2016

One of the Automation Fair Technical Sessions I attended this morning was "What's New in Logix," and below I'll recap what I found most interesting...

Serial Communications – If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

I’ll be the first to admit it, serial communications (RS-232) is so 1980’s.  However, it is also relatively easy to install and support and...
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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...

Looking for input on my next course covering the Compact and ControlLogix

As you may have already heard, I just released the second edition of my PLC Basics course. With that done, I'm now preparing to move on...

UCI Hyperloop Team "HyperXite" Compete for Clean Transportation of the Future

Editor's Note: I've had the distinct pleasure of consulting for the UCI HyperXite team, and in appreciation they have provided this "guest post" for readers of...

A-B 5380 and 5069: Don't forget to order your terminal blocks!

The new 5380 CompactLogix and 5069 Compact I/O don't come with terminal blocks. For well over a decade Allen-Bradley customers counted on terminal blocks being...

CompactLogix 5380 vs 5370

In today's article we'll compare the new 5380 CompactLogix with the previously released 5370 "L3" line of A-B controllers. Let's start off with a comparison of the front of...
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Rockwell's CompactLogix 5380 Press Release

This past Thursday Rockwell issued a formal press release regarding their new CompactLogix 5380 controller. In it, they focused on the new controller's enhanced capacity, claiming an...

ControlLogix Redundancy 24.052 Available

Early last week while consulting for a client over WebEx, I came across the fact that last month Rockwell had released redundancy firmware version...

This Week On The Automation Minute

This week on The Automation Minute Last Friday I discussed what I think is the best PLC to learn on: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBuBk85Osu4?rel=0] This Thursday I released a three...

Insights Inbox: Best PLC to use in a College Course?

In today's edition of "Insight's Inbox" we answer a reader's question about what we think would be the best PLC to use in a...

Rockwell's New Compact GuardLogix Now Available

Currently featured on AB.com, the new Compact GuardLogix 5370 is now available and in factory stock. These new "safety" programmable controllers are essentially a "modern" version of Rockwell's...

What software do I need to program CompactLogix or ControlLogix?

To program a CompactLogix or ControlLogix processor you're going to need a copy of Studio 5000 or RSLogix 5000. If you don't have a copy, you...

What you need to know about CompactLogix and ControlLogix firmware, and how to get...

In today's article we'll discuss what you need to know about CompactLogix and ControlLogix firmware, as well as how to get it. Each Allen-Bradley Logix processor supports...

The CompactLogix and ControlLogix PACs

Today most major automation vendors have a Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) line, and Rockwell Automation is no exception with its CompactLogix and ControlLogix products. In...

What is a Programmable Automation Controller? (PAC)

Most major automation vendors have a Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) line, and today I'll attempt to add some clarity as to what a PAC is,...

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,...

Price Comparison: 1756-L8 vs 1756-L7

In today's article we review how Rockwell's new 1756-L8xE (5580) line of processors stack up price wise with the 1756-L7x (5570) series. Since Rockwell released...

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 28 Released, 1756-L83E Shipping, 5580 Firmware Online

Last week at Automation Fair a lot of attention was given to Rockwell's new ControlLogix 5580 line. Now it appears everything needed to build a...

1756-ENBT no longer silver? (EOL)

Back in April we reported that Rockwell had updated the "life cycle" listing of its 1756-ENBT module to "End Of Life." At the time they even...

Rockwell Announces New ControlLogix 5580 Controller

Rockwell Automation just announced its new line of ControlLogix 5580 Controllers. Timed to coincide with Automation Fair next week, Rockwell states its new controllers provide faster...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix Processors, Racks, Comm Modules

Deals of the Week: I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this week I've come across three on ControlLogix:   1756-L55, Ethernet, I/O Modules, PS...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix L61B Processor

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix 5561 Processor I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this is one of the best prices I've seen...

How to flash CompactLogix firmware over Ethernet

In today's article I walk you through how to flash a CompactLogix processor's firmware over Ethernet using RSLinx and ControlFlash. Step 1) Open ControlFlash When you install...

How to flash CompactLogix firmware over USB

In today's article I walk you through how to flash a CompactLogix processor's firmware over USB using RSLinx and ControlFlash. Step 1) Open ControlFlash When you...

How to set a CompactLogix Ethernet address using BOOTP

In today's article I walk you through how to use the BOOTP DHCP Utility to set a CompactLogix processor's Ethernet address. NOTE: You can also...

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...

Do you know someone who needs CompactLogix or ControlLogix training?

Question of the Week: Do you know someone who needs CompactLogix or ControlLogix training? In this week's question we're asking you if you know someone who...

Logix Training Course

A few weeks ago in the "Question of the Week," I asked which product or topic our readers would like to see more articles on. The...