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 a mill startup and I...

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 nine months. One aspect of that...

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 troubleshooting operational issues, and the...

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

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 information, check out the "Show...

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 as well as a myriad...

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 you, as a control system...

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 will require fiber, the ETAP...

Device Level Ring: Adding a Remote I/O Chassis

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I first began using ControlLogix in 2001, back when the software and firmware were both at version 7. In those early days it wasn't so easy to add a new remote I/O Chassis to an existing ControlLogix system as most...

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 as performing administration tasks. Often, the...

ControlLogix Reading Data From CompactLogix, SLC-500, MicroLogix over Ethernet (Video S29)

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In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use the MSG (Message) Instruction in the ControlLogix to read data from CompactLogix, SLC-500, and MicroLogix over Ethernet: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...