Industrial Automation

Harnessing Developments in 3D Printing Technology for Manufacturing Innovation

3D printing has been a capable technology for quite a number of years now, but the developments in machine technology and the extensive range of materials that have become available over the last 12 months or so, are really...

Writing ControlLogix Controller Logs To Removable Media

In modern industry, when it comes to production downtime, very few events are overlooked without an explanation. “Failure analysis” on failed components, and “root cause analysis” for downtime events, are common terminology you will hear if you are involved in...

PanelView Plus to CompactLogix, SLC-500, and MicroLogix over DH-485 (Video S31)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I'll walk through how to use View Studio Machine Edition to create a PanelView Plus project to communicate with PLCs over DH-485: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing Processes

Lean manufacturing is the go-to model in a variety of industries for managing teams and ensuring a high-quality end-product. Construction, software development, traditional manufacturing and other processes are complex, time-consuming, and have multiple parties and steps involved. Incorporating lean principles...

Using The 1783-NATR To Bridge Networks

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...

PanelView Standard to SLC-500 & MicroLogix over DH-485 (Video S30)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use PanelBuilder 32 to create and download a program to a PanelView Standard to communicate to a SLC-5/03 and MicroLogix PLCs over a Data Highway 485 network: For...

How to Download and Upload Mitsubishi PLC Programs using GX Works3

In this walk-thru we'll look at downloading and uploading to Mitsubishi FX5 and iQ-R controllers. The same setup was used in the previous Mitsubishi PLC series which includes the preceding (pre-requisite) document with step-by-step on how to connect. Like any other...

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

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...

Logix CIP Security Changes Lead To Integration Issues

One of the gratifying opportunities in the life of a control system’s engineer is to successfully upgrade a legacy system to a newer system with more features and capabilities. We, as automation specialists in general, love to obtain the newest...

First Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC Program using GX Works 3 (Video S28B)

In part 2 of this episode of The Automation Show, I create and test my first program for a Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 28B Show Notes: Support...

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