Ethernet

First Look: MOXA SDS-3000 Smart Industrial Ethernet Switches

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We take a first look at the SDS-3000 line of Industrial Ethernet Smart Switches from MOXA in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 19 Show Notes: Special thanks to MOXA...

Honeywell Fault Tolerant Ethernet and Control Firewall

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After a previous article about Honeywell Experion Controllers with PMIO, I received some feedback in regards to how Experion controllers connect to a process control network (PCN). I wanted to provide a short overview in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Using The 1783-NATR To Bridge Networks

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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...

How to add Ethernet Flex I/O to ControlLogix (Article & Video, TAS 21)

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In today's article (and video) I walk through how to add Ethernet Flex I/O to a ControlLogix System: Step 1) To start, open your RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000 project and find your Ethernet communications...

How To Set The IP Address Of A New Siemens S7-1200 PLC (Video, TAS...

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In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at how you set the IP Address of a new Siemens S7-1200: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

The SLC-5/05: How to set the Ethernet IP Address using BOOTP

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How to set the Ethernet IP Address of a SLC-5/05 Controller using the free BOOTP-DHCP utility. If you have a new SLC-5/05, or one that has been reset to Factory Defaults, one option to set it's...

Ethernet Basics: Addressing

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In yesterday's article I covered the basics of Ethernet cabling, hubs and switches. In today's article I'll cover the essential Ethernet basics of IP Addressing, including Host IDs, Subnet Masks, Default Gateways, and Reserved Addresses. Ethernet...
EthernetIP booth at Automation Fair 2013

Ethernet Basics: Hardware

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One of the best courses I took back in the 90's was an Ethernet Networking course. At the time I was already familiar with DH+, DH-485, and RIO, and like most people I connected to...

How To Use Rockwell's New Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool

In today's article I'll show you how to use Rockwell's new Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool. The replacement for Rockwell's discontinued Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool can now be found inside of Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB.) Note: To learn how...

How to get A-B PLC data values into MS Excel using RSLinx Classic (Video,...

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In this episode I demonstrate how to use RSLinx Classic to get data from Allen-Bradley Programmable Controllers into Microsoft Excel (Episode 41 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you've found this video helpful, checkout...

A-B MicroLogix 1400 Comm Setup & Download (Video, TAM S3 E15)

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Learn how to setup communications to an A-B MicroLogix 1400 and then download to it in Episode 15 of The Automation Minute Season 3: If you've found this video helpful, checkout my MicroLogix Training Course HERE. You...

A-B MicroLogix 1100 Comm Setup & Download (Video, TAM S3 E14)

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Learn how to setup communications to an A-B MicroLogix 1100 and then download to it in Episode 14 of The Automation Minute Season 3: If you've found this video helpful, checkout my MicroLogix Training Course HERE. You...