Get A TIA Portal License For $35! (Limited Time Offer)

In yesterday's article we discussed how you can get a free, twenty-one day trail license of TIA Portal directly from Siemens' Website. Today we'll take a look at a special "2020" promotion Siemens is running to help those working from...

How To Get A Free Copy Of TIA Portal

Have you ever wanted to check out TIA Portal from Siemens to see how their PLCs and HMIs program? Well the good news is anyone can get a free, twenty-one day trial of TIA Portal by creating a free account...

RSLogix Install Error 1723

Recently, I was working on updates for my PLC courses at TheAutomationSchool.com when I ran into an issue downloading the free versions of RSLogix Micro Lite, RSLinx Classic, and RSEmulate 500. After blogging about the latest procedure to download the...

Using the Controller’s Time in Studio 5000

If the need arises to use specific time in your ladder logic program, this guide will give you a reference to go by. Possibly you have a cleaning device that only needs to operate once an hour or once a...

How to download RSLogix Micro Lite, RSLinx Lite, and Emulate 500 for free (2020)

UPDATE: As of April 2020 you now need to search on 1763 instead of RSLogix Micro Lite. Rockwell recently changed their website again, and as a result it's a little harder to find the free software downloads for use with...

Bridging Networks Using RSLinx

If you are using Rockwell control systems as a platform across your facility or if you have integrated systems between other vendors along with any Rockwell products, you may have found the need to cross multiple networks to gain...

Updating Redundant PLC-5 Programs

With so many generations of control equipment on the plant floor, a control engineer can be called to look at many different models of control equipment in the same day. Each piece of control equipment, even by the same manufacturer,...

PanelView 800 to MicroLogix, CompactLogix, & SLC-5/03 over DH-485 (Video S34)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use CCW to create and download a PanelView 800 program to read data from a CompactLogix, MicroLogix, and SLC-5/03 over a Data Highway 485 network: For more information,...

Updating a ControlLogix Redundancy System

When I think about controller redundancy, the first thought that crosses my mind is “I better do my research, because the components have to be exact.” If you are familiar with the redundancy setup, you know what I am referring to....

Device Level Ring: Adding a Remote I/O Chassis

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...