ControlLogix course adds PowerFlex lessons!

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...

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...
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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...

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...
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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 drives into a ControlLogix system. During...

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...
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Free Allen-Bradley (A-B) And Rockwell Automation (RA) Software (Part 2)

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) and Rockwell Automation (RA) products,...

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,...
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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 a Serial Port or PCMCIA...

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...