Industrial Automation

Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC Unboxing, GX Works 3 Download, Installation (Video S28A)

In part 1 of this episode of The Automation Show, I unbox a Mitsubishi FX-5 PLC, then register, download, and install the programming software, GX Works 3: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation...

ControlLogix Reading Data From PLC-5 and SLC-500 over DH Plus (Video S27)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how you can use the MSG (Message) Instruction in the ControlLogix to read data from the PLC-5 and SLC-500 over a Data Highway Plus network: For more information, check out...

New Year's Resolution: Learning New Skills

Resolutions are a tradition of good intentions that rarely make it through the first month of the year. The dreams of exercise and weight loss are usually soon clouded by a schedule that doesn’t allow for the results that...

Monitoring Control Loop Performance

In most cases, control systems are not behind the curve in performance. Many systems boast detailed, well designed graphics and millisecond alarming capabilities. They offer fast and reliable processing and I/O control. However, no matter how much performance you have...

The Realities of Project Management: Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold...

In 1975, computer architect Fred Brooks published a series of essays on software engineering and project management called “The Mythical Man-Month”.  These cautionary tales and inevitable realities not only stand the test of time, but also can crossover to...

ControlLogix Reading Data From CompactLogix, MicroLogix, and SLC-500 over DH-485 (Video, TAS 26)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how you can use the MSG (Message) Instruction in the ControlLogix to read data from CompactLogix, MicroLogix, and SLC-500 over a DH-485 network: For more information, check out the "Show...

Enhanced Features of Profinet

Choosing industrial communication interface for an automation device requires that the network functionality and presuppose task be ascertain for ease of selection. Selecting a Profinet interface may enhance industrial communication for devices. In this article, we will consider some of...

Evaluating OT Security

Network security is currently a field of study in and of its own. There is a great need for security measures at each level of your IT and OT environments. In the OT (Operational Technology) environment, it is imperative...

PLC Backups: A Look at AssetCentre

If many moons have passed since you began working with programmable logic controllers, then you will undoubtedly have memories of sitting in front of a laptop, hoping that it will boot, because it contains the most up to date...

Connect GX Works 3 To A Mitsubishi FX5 Or iQ-R PLC

As with any popular PLC programming software, GX Works 3 not only allows you to upload and download programs, but also supports program compare and verify as well as viewing ladder differences graphically. But before you can do any of...

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