How To Use Rockwell's New Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool

In today's article I'll show you how to use Rockwell's new Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool. The replacement for Rockwell's discontinued Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool can now be...

How To Enable Legacy PLCs In Integrated Architecture Builder

So you've updated Rockwell's Integrated Architecture Builder to gain access to new devices like the 5580 and 5380 Controllers. Then later you realize you can...

How To Download, Use, and Update Rockwell's Integrated Architecture Builder

In today's article I walk you through how to find, download, install, use, and update Rockwell's free Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) software. 1) Start by...

How to Find and Download A-B PLC and HMI Firmware in 2018

In today's article I walk you through how to find and download Allen-Bradley Programmable Controller and HMI Firmware. Step 1) Open you web browser and...

What's New in Logix (TechED 18)

Of all the Rockwell Automation TechED 2018 presentations made available last week, the first ones I went through were the "What's New" presentations, as I'm...

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...

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,...

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...

Upgrading Legacy Winder and Slitter Positioning Control Systems

In today's article, Jeff Turcotte of PLC Concepts discusses winder and slitter positioning control system upgrades, and how his company's upgrades increase throughput and...

How To Convert SLC-500 Programs to ControlLogix

In this article we'll look at converting SLC-500 programs to ControlLogix using the RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0. Note: To get RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0,...

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...

PAC Basics Course - More Options

The Automation School is pleased to announce that we are now offering two PAC Basics Courses.  You now have the option of a shorter...

Connecting ControlLogix to Simatic S7-300 via Ethernet

In this article I'll walk you through how to setup a connection between an Allen Bradley CompactLogix 1769-L36ERM controller, and a Siemens Simatic S7-300...

CompactLogix 5480

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

GaurdLogix 5580

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

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,...