Networks

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...

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

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

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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...

PROFINET Technical Overview (P53)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, Thomas Haneder from Siemens provides us with a technical overview of PROFINET: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast: [vimeo 400009585 w=750...

ViewSE to MicroLogix on DH485 and PLC5 via DF1 (S39)

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In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to setup FactoryTalk ViewSE to communicate via DF1 using RSLinx Enterprise, and to DH-485 using RSLinx Classic: For more information, check out the "Show...

ViewSE on Ethernet to PLCs on Data Highway Plus via Logix Gateway (S38)

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In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to setup FactoryTalk ViewSE and RSLinx Classic Lite on Ethernet to communicate to PLCs on Data Highway Plus through a Logix Gateway: For more...

RSView32 Direct Drivers to MicroLogix on DH485, PLC5 via DF1 (S37)

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In this episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to setup RSView32 Direct Drivers to MicroLogix on DH485, and PLC5 via DF1 : For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

Converting ControlNet I/O to EtherNet I/O

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If you have had ControlLogix systems running in your facility for any amount of time, chances are they contain ControlNet communication modules for the communication between processor chassis and their controlled remote I/O chassis...

Getting CIP Data from your Stratix Switch

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Have you ever used or thought of using your HMI as a network monitoring tool? What if your HMI system was used for more than just an operational tool? What if it can also help...

Setting up a 1783-ETAP

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If you are contemplating using a Device Level Ring (DLR) topology in your control system networks, an important device in that network is the EtherNet Tap (ETAP). If the remote devices in your DLR network...