Getting Started with an A-B E300 Overload Module

When I was hired at my first professional job in September of 2000, I would soon learn that the facility I was being hired at would undergo a very large expansion in the next nine months. One aspect of that...

How to control an Altivar ATV320 VFD over Modbus with a Modicon M340 PLC

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In this article I would like to show you how to control an ATV320 variable frequency drive using Modbus serial port on M340 PLC. Before we begin, following is the list of items you need PC with EcoStruxure Control Expert...

New Micro800 lessons on PowerFlex, PanelView, and more!

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The world's highest rated Micro800 course, Nano Basics, just got better! We've recently added new lessons covering Expansion I/O, Modbus, Ethernet, VFDs, and HMIs! In the first new lesson on expansion I/O, students learn how to configure and use 2085 I/O...

Coming: Connected Components Workbench R11

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Welcome to part four of the nine part series covering my picks for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation Fair 2017. Note: While this series covers the products in which I'm most interested, you'll find...

Learn how to use CCW to backup, edit, and restore A-B VFD parameters

Do you or someone on your staff need to backup, edit, or restore A-B VFD parameters? If so, you may be interested in my new quick start course, "Using CCW with A-B VFDs" In this forty five minute quick start course...

Set a PowerFlex 525's Ethernet IP Address using a PC

Rockwell's PowerFlex 525 is a popular VFD given the fact that it has a built-in Ethernet/IP port. And in today's article I'll show you how to set the 525's Ethernet Address from your PC. Preface: Before you power on your PowerFlex 525,...

Set a PowerFlex 525's Ethernet IP Address using its Keypad

Rockwell's PowerFlex 525 is a popular VFD given the fact that it has a built-in Ethernet/IP port. And in today's article I'll show you how to set the 525's Ethernet Address using its front Keypad and Display. Step 1) Start from the...

ControlLogix course adds PowerFlex lessons!

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This week the highest rated ControlLogix course on the web gets even better with additional lessons on integrating PowerFlex drives! In fact, over at The Automation School the first PAC Basics VFD bonus lesson on controlling a PowerFlex 525 drive...
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Flashback Friday! MicroLogix to PowerFlex 4

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Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting a couple of eleven year old MicroLogix programs showing how to communicate to a PowerFlex 4. Back in 2004 many small OEM's were approaching me about using the MicroLogix to control the small PowerFlex...
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The PowerFlex 527 As Seen At Automation Fair 2014

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I was able to get my first look at Rockwell's new PowerFlex 527 VFD at Automation Fair 2014, and in today's article I share the seven new facts I learned: 1) Logix Only This drive is designed strictly to be a remote Ethernet...