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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...

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

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 ...

Mitsubishi VFD Product Overview (P51)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, Jeff Brown from Mitsubishi returns to give us an overview of the Mitsubishi line of Variable Frequency Drives: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

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...

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...

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...

Set PowerFlex 525 Ethernet IP Address using PC (Video, TAM S3 41)

Learn how to set a PowerFlex 525's Ethernet IP address using a PC and the free Boot-p utility in Episode 41 of The Automation Minute Season 3: If you've found this video helpful, checkout my...

Set PowerFlex 525 Ethernet IP Address using Keypad (Video, TAM S3 40)

Learn how to set a PowerFlex 525's Ethernet IP address using its built-in keypad in Episode 40 of The Automation Minute Season 3: If you've found this video helpful, checkout my training courses HERE. You can...

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...

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...

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...
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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...
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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...
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Allen-Bradley Ultra Servo Drive Software

What is Allen-Bradley Ultraware? Allen-Bradley's Ultraware software allows you to setup and configure the follow A-B Servo Drives: Ultra 1500 Ultra 3000 Ultra 5000 UltraWARE also includes troubleshooting and diagnostic tools to help with commissioning and integrating your...
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Allen-Bradley Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) Software

Where to download Allen-Bradley (A-B) Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Software: DriveTools32 download The Rockwell Software downloads website, which host's many legacy software downloads, is where the below link to download Drives Tools comes from: From Rockwell's Compatibility and Download webpage...
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Rockwell's Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit

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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 also designed for use with RSLogix5000 and FactoryTalk...
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The one website you need to know when using Allen-Bradley Variable Frequency Drives

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My colleague and I recently had the pleasure of meeting with two of our local Rockwell "Variable Frequency Drive" (VFD) experts. We met so they could show us how to integrate the PowerFlex 750 family of...
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USB Cables For Use With Allen-Bradley (A-B) Products

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For decades we’ve relied on our laptop’s trusty Serial Port or PCMCIA Slot to communicate with legacy A-B devices. But when our old laptop dies, or a new one arrives, it's very unlikely to have either...
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Free Allen-Bradley (A-B) And Rockwell Automation (RA) Software (Part 2)

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UPDATE 10/31/2017: Try as I might, I can no longer find the software packages listed in this article anywhere online (the associated sites have been completely redesigned.) Where to get free software for Allen-Bradley (A-B)...
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MicroLogix 1200 to PowerFlex 4 using Modbus

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This second program is based on the first, but uses the Modbus Master protocol available in the latest release of the MicroLogix 1200, as well as a 1761-Net-AIC. The biggest obstacle in getting this configuration to...