Networks & Communications

How To Use Moxa's Remote Connection Gateways

Learn how to use Moxa's Remote Connection Gateways and Client Software in this episode of Automation Tech Tips. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  Automation Tech Tips Episode 1 Show...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Switch Settings for Remote Connections and Maintenance using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

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In this continuation of getting familiar with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Cisco or Stratix switch, we will go beyond getting connected and look at some important features for remote connection and...

How To Setup an IFM IOLink Master with Logix

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In this article I'll walk you through how to set up the communications of an IO-Link master with an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC. The first thing that needs to be done is to setup up...

Cisco & Stratix Switch Configuration using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

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In this continuation of getting familiar with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Cisco or Stratix switch, we will go beyond getting connected and look at additional features that will need to be...

Cisco & Stratix Switch Setup using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

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In this continuation of getting familiar with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Cisco or Stratix switch, we will go beyond getting connected and look at basic setup features that will need to...

Cisco & Stratix Command Line Interface Basics

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“Everything must be connected”. That is pretty much the philosophy in the manufacturing environment because every sensor, every data point needs to be captured, monitored and utilized for decision making. There is no such excuse...

Setting Up Fanuc Ethernet I/O with Studio 5000

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In today’s manufacturing environment, Ethernet is being is being used in place of discrete I/O. Fanuc has made this easier by having the ability to set up I/O via Ethernet that can be easily integrated...

ASCII To EtherNet/IP Gateway, RTA 435NBX (P63)

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Drew from Real Time Automation comes on The Automation Podcast to show us how to connect ASCII devices to Allen-Bradley Programmable Controllers via Ethernet. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

Choosing The Right Ethernet Switch

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Like many other people that work in controls and automation, I came from an electrical and instrumentation background and did not have any experience with network design, configuration or maintenance. Thankfully, my first job was...

Scalance Unmanaged Industrial Switches (P59)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Ford Cheeseman to learn about the Siemens Scalance line of Layer 2 Unmanaged Industrial Switches: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located...

What's New With Siemens PLCs and HMIs (S43)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I share my top picks from the Siemens Manufacturing In America 2020 virtual event's PLC and HMI presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

What's New with Siemens PLCs, MIA 2020

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I recently had a chance to sit down and check out some of the Siemens presentations from their Manufacturing In America 2020 virtual event. In today's article I'll highlight the slides that caught my attention...

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...

Setting the Password in Your Stratix Switch

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One of the things I love the most about working with industrial control systems in the OT (Operational Technology) environment is that you never do the same thing every day. One day you may be...