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How to test the loading of Non-Volatile memory in your CompactLogix or ControlLogix

Similar to other Allen-Bradley PLC's, the CompactLogix and ControlLogix Controllers give you three options for loading the Controller's memory "image" from non-volatile memory (CompactFlash, SD, etc.)...

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 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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...

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,...

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...
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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...

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...

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...
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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...

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...
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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 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...

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,...

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...
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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...
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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...

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...
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...
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Logix Application Code Manager, as seen at TechED 2015

At this year's Rockwell Automation TechED, a new library management tool for Studio 5000 Logix designer was debuted. Named the "Studio 5000 Logix Designer Application Code Manager,"...

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...

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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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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...
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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...

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...
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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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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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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...

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...
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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...

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...
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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...
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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...
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Seven things you need to know about current gen CompactLogix

I've been teaching Logix and View introductory classes the last few days, and have to say I've been a little surprised how many people...

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...

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...
7 Things about ControlLogix

Seven things you need to know before using ControlLogix

It's easy to forget that not everyone has used Rockwell's ControlLogix. In fact, I was just reminded of this last week when I needed to review the below...

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...

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...

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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