Industrial Automation

Control System Power Supplies: Run to Failure or Preventive Maintenance?

“Has it really been ten years since that was installed?”, is a question that comes to my mind quite often.  I look around sometimes and wonder where the time has gone. We install control systems...

First Look: MOXA Ethernet Switch, EDS-2005-EL

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We take a first look at the EDS-2005-EL Ethernet Switch from MOXA in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 7 Show Notes: Special thanks to Moxa for sending us a...

Dealing with Extreme Temperatures in Automation

More than likely in the last year you have dealt with extreme weather conditions. If you are anywhere in the southern United States, you have probably dealt with some effects from the many hurricanes...

New “Logix Live™” Online Training Course coming March 16th

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The live, online PLC Training course you've been waiting for is now open for enrollment! The response to my summer training survey showed me there is an overwhelming desire for evening courses on Programmable Controllers....

PLC Training: Free and Trial Programming Software

Learning to use PLCs can be frustrating if you don't know how to get your hands on the actual PLC Programming Software. So in today's article I'll walk through several free options to get various...

ControlLogix Redundancy v33: Six Things You Need To Know

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You might be very happy with NOT touching your Logix 5561 redundant controllers running at firmware version sixteen, and I don’t wish to persuade you otherwise. But if you are thinking about upgrading to something...

PLC Training: What is the Best PLC to Learn With?

During my years in the field one of the most common questions I was asked by Electricians and Engineers alike was where they could go to get affordable training on Programmable Logic Controllers? As our...

Telnet or SSH?

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Does it Matter whether I use Telnet or SSH? When we begin a career in industrial automation, we basically just dive in right where we have the opportunity. That can mean we start with the...

Remote Connectivity Devices

If you were a control system technician twenty or more years ago, you have likely spent hours with a laptop in front of a piece of machinery troubleshooting and correcting issues as they were...

Ethernet Radios in Control Systems

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In some industrial control system applications, logistics can become a difficult aspect of planning and implementing a control system without having to install expensive fiberoptic infrastructure. Take for instance, you have a need to monitor...

Preventive Maintenance Checks for Control System Components

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In the last year, we have probably all worked remotely from our control system equipment more than in previous years.  Putting our eyes on our control equipment may have been little or none for...

Using Fiberoptic cabling for Ethernet Networks

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If you are working with Ethernet networks in your facility, whether IT or OT networks, chances are that all the network equipment is not located in the same room or even building. Systems that need...

Writing Logic in your Safety PLC

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In a previous article, we discussed some safety options from Rockwell for a safety PLC as well as industry standards such as IEC 61508 and SIL ratings. In this article, I want to venture into...

Getting Started with your Safety PLC

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For a machine application that involves a safety system, guarding or other needed safety equipment, Rockwell, as well as other vendors, provide safety solutions that meet the requirements to replace safety relays and hard-wired...

What is PRP?

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Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) is a standard defined in IEC 62439-3 and is adopted in the ODVA, Inc. EtherNet /IP specification, and is used to create network redundancy by allowing PRP enabled devices to...
CompactLogix 5380 Fi

Why Are My 5069-IF8 Analog Inputs Updating Slowly?

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One of our community members recently asked what would cause his 5380 analog inputs updating so slow? His application required that each 5380 analog inputs updated every 10ms, but what he was seeing in the...

First Look: Wago Pro 2 Power Supply

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We take a first look at the Pro 2 Power Supply from Wago in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 6 Show Notes: Special thanks to Wago for sending us...

Logix Bit Field Distribute and Message Instructions

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Logix Programming Instructions Every Tech Needs to Know Part II Image by Brandon Cooper In part one of this series, we looked at an introduction to learning Studio 5000 programming instructions for ControlLogix processors as well...

Real-Time Maintenance in Industrial Automation (P67)

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Learn about Real-Time Maintenance applications and IFM's products for those applications in this episode of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple, Google,...

Looking Ahead To 2021

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We all have a choice when faced with difficult circumstance(s). The experience of life in general is a series of lessons that make us who we are today. While 2020 was certainly a year of...