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...
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...

Can multiple Logix PLC's control the same Ethernet I/O?

A client recently asked me if multiple CompactLogix (or ControlLogix) processors could control the same Ethernet I/O. Since RSLogix5000 has supported Ethernet I/O, its been...
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MicroLogix 1500 Migration Options

With the recent announcement from Rockwell Automation that the MicroLogix 1500's status has been changed to "End of Life," many are asking, "What's the best...

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,...

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...

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...
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Working around the Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 utility's syntax error

A few weeks ago, a client asked me to review his SLC-500 program files. He wanted my advice on how difficult it would be to convert them...

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 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 Convert SLC-500 Programs to ControlLogix

In this article we will convert SLC-500 programs to ControlLogix using the RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0. Note: To get RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0, search...
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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...
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Estimating your Allen-Bradley (A-B) Logix controller's Ethernet/IP bandwidth using Rockwell's free Ethernet/IP capacity tool

When designing or upgrading a system which relies on a network, bandwidth is always a concern. But for Rockwell's CompactLogix and ControlLogix on an Ethernet/IP network there is...

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,...

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 Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit

Rockwell's Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit (WWWAT for short) is designed to reduce engineering and development time around Water and Waste Water applications. This "Accelerator Toolkit" is...

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...
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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...

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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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 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...

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...

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...

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...
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Seven more things you should know about the 5370 CompactLogix

At the end of a very hectic couple of weeks teaching Logix and View introductory classes, I thought I would share seven more things you need...

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)...

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...

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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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...

The Fourth Generation of CompactLogix Controllers (5370)

The forth generation of CompactLogix controllers began with the release of the L1, L2, and L3 back in 2012. While 2012 might have been a...

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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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...

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...

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...
L32E vs L33ER Fi

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,...
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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...
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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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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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What is the Logix 5000 Removable Media Explorer?

While looking into the ability to log from a ControlLogix or CompactLogix directly to a CSV file, I came across the most curios note....
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What's new with Logix, as seen at RSTechED 2014

What's new? One of my all time favorite sessions at RSTechED are the "What's New" series. This year's RSTechED was a little light on these sessions,...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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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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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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...
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The New 1769-L1 Series B Currently Supports v20 and v24

If you've been using the 1769-L16 or L18 CompactLogix from Rockwell Automation with either Studio 5000 version 21 or 23 take note: The next...

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