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Using The 1783-NATR To Bridge Networks

With small control teams managing already large and increasingly growing control systems, an opportunity that I have encountered is the need to remotely access programmable logic controllers for various reasons, including troubleshooting as well as performing administration tasks. Often, the...

PanelView Standard to SLC-500 & MicroLogix over DH-485 (Video S30)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use PanelBuilder 32 to create and download a program to a PanelView Standard to communicate to a SLC-5/03 and MicroLogix PLCs over a Data Highway 485 network: For...

How to Download and Upload Mitsubishi PLC Programs using GX Works3

In this walk-thru we'll look at downloading and uploading to Mitsubishi FX5 and iQ-R controllers. The same setup was used in the previous Mitsubishi PLC series which includes the preceding (pre-requisite) document with step-by-step on how to connect. Like any other...

ControlLogix Reading Data From CompactLogix, SLC-500, MicroLogix over Ethernet (Video S29)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use the MSG (Message) Instruction in the ControlLogix to read data from CompactLogix, SLC-500, and MicroLogix over Ethernet: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

Logix CIP Security Changes Lead To Integration Issues

One of the gratifying opportunities in the life of a control system’s engineer is to successfully upgrade a legacy system to a newer system with more features and capabilities. We, as automation specialists in general, love to obtain the newest...

First Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC Program using GX Works 3 (Video S28B)

In part 2 of this episode of The Automation Show, I create and test my first program for a Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 28B Show Notes: Support...

Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC Unboxing, GX Works 3 Download, Installation (Video S28A)

In part 1 of this episode of The Automation Show, I unbox a Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC, then register, download, and install the programming software, GX Works 3: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation...

ControlLogix Reading Data From PLC-5 and SLC-500 over DH Plus (Video S27)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how you can use the MSG (Message) Instruction in the ControlLogix to read data from the PLC-5 and SLC-500 over a Data Highway Plus network: For more information, check out...

New Year's Resolution: Learning New Skills

Resolutions are a tradition of good intentions that rarely make it through the first month of the year. The dreams of exercise and weight loss are usually soon clouded by a schedule that doesn’t allow for the results that...

Monitoring Control Loop Performance

In most cases, control systems are not behind the curve in performance. Many systems boast detailed, well designed graphics and millisecond alarming capabilities. They offer fast and reliable processing and I/O control. However, no matter how much performance you have...

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