Programmable Controllers Software

Timers and Counters Used In Mitsubishi PLCs

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Like most programmable logic controllers on the market, Mitsubishi has its versions of both timers and counters. These are similar but not necessarily set up the same as the other manufacturers. There are two critical pieces...

Common Data Types Used In Mitsubishi PLCs

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As a PLC programmer or troubleshooter, you're already be aware of certain things such as data types. Sometimes they may be referred to differently depending on the platform, such as in one platform a floating...

Connecting a Micro820 and PanelView 800

One of the interesting aspects of automation is “making things talk.” Connecting devices together, whether we are talking about a host of network switches, HMI devices, drives, servers, controllers or any other intelligent device,...

What's New In TIA Portal v17 (P71)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with John DeTellem and Luis Narvaez with Siemens to learn what's new in TIA Portal v17. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located...

What's New in CCW v13 (P70)

In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Jie Hong of Rockwell Automation to get an overview of the new features of Connected Components Workbench Version 13. For more information, check out...

Extended Tag Properties in Logix and View Designer

I’ll admit, I don’t always investigate every new feature that I read in a software’s release notes and many times I fail to utilize them for some time. Such is the case for tag extended...

How to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx, and Emulate 500 for free (2021)

NOTE: The free "RSLogix Micro Starter Lite" software I show how to download in this article only works with the MicroLogix 1000, MicroLogix 1100, and free PLC Emulator. If you need help learning to use...

Ask Me Anything about the PLC-5

After getting my electronics degree over thirty years ago, I landed my first job in the industrial automation industry as an Inside Technical Specialist. That job was basically a technical support position with some...

Writing your first TIA code in SCL

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Sometimes it's hard writing PLC code in LAD (ladder logic) or FBD (function block diagram). Especially, if you have to do some math work or mass operations. In these cases you can easily use SCL/ST...

Upgrade Your Career: ControlLogix Training Sale

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The industrial automation market in the USA is heating up, and many companies are finding it hard to hire people with the knowledge needed to maintain and upgrade automated systems. And it's times like these...

Siemens S7-1200FC Failsafe Starter-Kit

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Since the beginning of my career back in 2000, I have worked with quite a few different automation vendors and products. The first PLC I ever touched was an old Allen Bradley SLC 100, and...

What's New in Connected Components Workbench 13

Earlier this month Rockwell released version 13 of Connected Components Workbench, and today I'll review the biggest new features as listed in the product's release notes: New Micro800 Features: New "Controller Organizer" project tree style...

PLC Training: Free and Trial Programming Software

Learning to use PLCs can be frustrating if you don't know how to get your hands on the actual PLC Programming Software. So in today's article I'll walk through several free options to get various...

Logix Bit Field Distribute and Message Instructions

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Logix Programming Instructions Every Tech Needs to Know Part II Image by Brandon Cooper In part one of this series, we looked at an introduction to learning Studio 5000 programming instructions for ControlLogix processors as well...

What's New In AssetCentre v10

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In September 2020 Rockwell released the latest version of FactoryTalk AssetCentre, version 10.00.00, along side Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 33. One reason for the timing of this joint release was for compatibility reasons. If...

IFM Encoder to S7-1500 HSC (S50B)

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Learn how to connect and use an Encoder with an S7-1500 High Speed Counter Input and Technology Object in TIA Portal in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show...

Logix Compute and Absolute Instructions

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Logix Programming Instructions Every Tech Needs to Know, Part I Image by Brandon Cooper Learning to program anything takes time and effort. The more investment that you make, the greater the return. When I have set out...

ControlLogix Programming: Different Ways of Accomplishing Your Goals

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Programmers can accomplish a task in many ways. They have many options available, and it is almost to the point that you can use whatever coding style your preference is for a task at...

ControlFlash Plus

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I ran across a software with a new look from Rockwell this past week. If you have worked with Rockwell products, you are well aware that flashing module firmware is a necessity for new systems...

IFM Encoder to CompactLogix HSC (S49B)

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Learn how to connect and use an Encoder with a CompactLogix and High Speed Counter module in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The...