7 Industrial Automation

How to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx, and Emulate 500 for free (2023)

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NOTE: The free "RSLogix Micro Starter Lite" software only works with the MicroLogix 1000, MicroLogix 1100, and free SLC-500/MicroLogix Emulator, Emulate500. If you need help learning to use RSLogix, check out my Five-Star rated PLC...

Siemens ET 200SP Motor Starters (P137)

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Today my guest is Mark Berger of Siemens who introduces us to the ET 200SP Motor Starter line in Episode 137 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

Industrial Ethernet Switches from Antaira (P136)

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Today my guest is Scott Preston of Antaira who introduces us to their line of Industrial Ethernet Switches in Episode 136 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

What's New In Studio 5000 V35

Late last year Rockwell released version 35 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer, and in today's article I'll cover the highlights of what's new and updated in the latest release. New Features: Axis Test Mode: Feature...

Eight Advantages of IO-Link

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IO-Link is an open standard serial communication protocol that allows for the bi-directional exchange of data from sensors and devices that support IO-Link and are connected to a master. The IO-Link master can transmit this...

What's New In TIA Portal v18 (P132)

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This week our guest is John DeTellem from Siemens, and he covers What's New in TIA Portal V18 in Episode 132 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

Eight Advantages Of Using IO-Link (P131)

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Sean Foley from Banner Engineering covers Eight Advantages of IO-Link in Episode 131 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple, Google, Pandora,...

Seven Things New Users Need To Know About ControlLogix

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In today's article I'm going to share what I've found have been the most important things new users must know about ControlLogix before they start using these programmable controllers for the first time. After reviewing...

Studio 5000 Pricing, Packages, Features & Bundles

In today's article I'm going to take a detailed look Studio 5000 pricing, available packages and bundles, and what features are included with each as it stands today. Studio 5000 Mini: Ladder Logix only for...

Using Siemens VFDs with A-B PLCs (P130)

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Jackie Stokes explains how to use Siemens VFDs with Allen-Bradley PLCs on Ethernet/IP, RIO, or DeviceNet in Episode 130 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch...

RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000 Logix Designer

To program a CompactLogix or ControlLogix controller you're going to need a copy of Studio 5000 Logix Designer, which was formerly known as RSLogix 5000 prior to the version 21 release: If you don't have...

How Automation is Shifting Traditional CNC Machining

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Modern manufacturing has paved the way for improved machinability, enhanced machine efficiency, and superior quality products. Modern manufacturing technology started with the Industrial Revolution that spanned from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century. The discovery...

What's New Connected Components Workbench v21

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Rockwell recently released version 21 of Connected Components Workbench, and below I'll summarize any new and enhanced features: New and Enhanced Micro800 Features: Now supports Ethernet implicit I/O messaging for L50E and L70E controllers The...

Automation Business Value Growth (P129)

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Bryan Powrozek from Clayton McKervey discusses Growing the Business Value of Automation Businesses in Episode 129 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via...

Rockwell Automation’s Programmable Automation Controllers

Most industrial automation vendors offer modern Programmable Controllers, but not all of them brand their products as PACs. Take Siemens for instance: You'd be hard pressed to find a PAC feature their S7 line of...

Copia Automation's Device Link (P128)

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Adam Gluck tells us about Copia Automation's new Automatic PLC Backup feature, Device Link, in Episode 128 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen...

Strain Gauge Force Sensor Technology (P127)

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Chris Novak of HBK discusses the Technology behind Strain Gauge Force Sensors in Episode 127 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple,...

Process Control Monitoring and Diagnostics (P126)

Ivan Mohler of PiControl Solutions discusses Process Control Monitoring and Diagnostics this week on The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple, Google, Pandora,...

TIA Portal Cause and Effect Matrix (P125)

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Ron Knight from Prism Systems and John DeTellem from Siemens introduce us to the Cause and Effect Matrix in TIA Portal v17 in Episode 125 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the...

FactoryTalk ViewSE Client Keys

In my previous article on using the FactoryTalk ViewSE "Command Line," I showed how simple that feature was to use. In today's article I'll cover how to use the Client Keys feature which is...