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...

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...
7 Things about ControlLogix

The Automation Blog’s “Best Of 2014″ Logix blogs

Welcome to the first article in our "Best of 2014" series. Today we'll list the seven most popular CompactLogix and ControlLogix blogs of 2014. As we mentioned in...

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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Which CompactLogix Models Support Modbus?

While Ethernet/IP leads the way for new industrial network installations in North America, there's no denying the massive number of products that still ship...
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CompactLogix, ControlLogix, and RSLogix 5000 Index: Links to all our articles, podcasts, and videos

Insights In Automation's CompactLogix and ControlLogix Index (55) Updated on April 6th, 2015 Today we're featuring all of the articles, podcasts, and videos we've done on the...
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What’s New in Integrated Architecture, as seen at TechED 2015

My all time favorite sessions at Rockwell Automation's TechED are the "What's New" sessions. This year these sessions didn't disappoint, with several new products revealed in "What’s New in...

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...

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...
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Why your CompactLogix or ControlLogix Real Time Clock (DateTime) may be a few hours...

A client recently called frustrated that the real time clock in his CompactLogix processor was always off by 4 hours. While I had heard this complaint in the past, since I...

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...
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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...

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,...
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Are the inputs on the Allen-Bradley (A-B) 1769-L1xER high speed?

Last week a colleague asked me if the inputs on the Allen-Bradley (A-B) 1769-L1xER were high speed inputs, like found on some MicroLogix. I honestly had...
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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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Insight's Inbox: I have a ControlLogix, how do I access the controller's clock?

Today we're kicking off a new series entitled, "Insight's Inbox," which are articles based on the reader email questions we receive. Reader Question: I would like to enable some ControlLogix code when it's between...
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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 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...

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...
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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,...

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'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...
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How to download CompactLogix and ControlLogix Firmware

In today's article we walk you through the updated steps you take to download CompactLogix and ControlLogix Firmware. Step 1) Navigate to www.ab.com Step 2) On the...

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...

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...
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What you need to know before upgrading to RSLogix 5000 version 20.03

Wait! Before you install version 20.03 you really should understand how it's different, very different, from all previous minor revisions of RSLogix 5000. Update! Version...

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...

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...
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Small Allen-Bradley (A-B) Ethernet Programmable Controllers

Today, Ethernet is the network of choice for automation systems. In years past, Ethernet was an expensive and costly add-on. However, more and more small programmable controllers...

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...

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...
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The CompactLogix L32E vs L33ER: Which controls more I/O?

Recently I've been running into the perception that Rockwell's new 5370 CompactLogix controllers have the ability to control less I/O than previous models. To address this question,...

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...
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Which RSLogix 5000 / Studio 5000 package is right for you?

Client's often call asking which package of RSLogix 5000 they should buy, and in the article I'll attempt to help prospective customers answer that question. Programming...

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...

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...
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What are PlantPAx Process Objects?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about PlantPAx lately. Specifically about PlantPAx as it pertains to HMI and SCADA systems. While PlantPAx is a very wide...

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...
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How to get Rockwell's EtherNet IP Capacity Tool

In Monday's article we compared the Ethernet I/O capacities of two Allen-Bradley CompactLogix processors. To accomplish that comparison, we used Rockwell's EtherNet IP Capacity Tool. In today's...

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...

The L23 CompactLogix Controller

The first all-in-one CompactLogix controller, the 1769-L23, released back in 2008. While the new, lower cost packaging was appreciated by those with smaller applications, the...
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Five Questions To Ask Before Migrating To The New 5370 CompactLogix L3x

Last week we took a look at the L32E versus the L33ER and found the later supported many more remote analog modules as well as...

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)...

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...
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ControlLogix and CompactLogix Datalogging to CSV File

A couple of years ago, prior to the release of Studio 5000 v21, Rockwell demonstrated a future feature for it's new "multi-core" programmable automation controllers. This new...
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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...

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 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...

The Third Generation of CompactLogix Controllers (L4x)

The third generation of CompactLogix controllers began with the release of the L43 back in 2006. Designed to bring ControlLogix performance and select features to...
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The 1769-AENTR as seen at Automation Fair 2013

Mid-morning of the first day of Automation Fair 2013, I had the fortune of participating in a show floor meeting with Dexter Long, the...

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