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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...

Updating Redundant PLC-5 Programs

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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,...

RSLogix Halloween Animation! Also, anyone automating a holiday display?

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Let me wish all of you a very Happy Halloween! And if any of you are automating a Holiday Display (Haunted House, Holiday Lights, etc) I'd love to hear about the products you're using, and...

Converting SLC-500 Programs to ControlLogix (Video, TAM S4 E25)

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In this episode I discuss how you go about converting SLC-500 programs to ControlLogix and Studio 5000 (Episode 25 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you've found this video helpful, checkout my training courses...

How To Convert SLC-500 Programs to ControlLogix

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In this article we will convert SLC-500 programs to ControlLogix using the RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0. Note: To get RSLogix Project Migrator version 3.0, search the below website for “RSLogix Project Migrator (it also comes...

PLC-5 and SLC-500: Communicate and Download over Data Highway Plus using RSLinx and RSLogix

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So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate via USB over Data Highway Plus to an Allen-Bradley PLC-5 or SLC-5/04? Well you're in luck as in today's article I'll walk you step to...

How to setup RSLinx and download to a PLC-5 via Serial

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So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate over serial with an Allen-Bradley PLC-5 so you can download or go online with RSLogix? Well you're in luck as in today's article I'll...

A-B PLC-5 Serial Comm Setup & Download (Video, TAM S3 E18)

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Learn how to setup serial communications to an A-B PLC-5 and then download to it in Episode 18 of The Automation Minute Season 3: If you've found this video helpful, checkout my PLC Basics Training Course HERE. You...

USB to Data Highway Plus using the ANC-120e, a lower cost alternative to the...

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In today's episode of The Automation Podcast I take a look at the ANC-120e USB to Data Highway Plus converter from Automation Networks. Now you may be asking yourself why the folks over at Automation Networks...

How to setup and use RS Emulate

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Last week I walked through how to get a free copy of RSLogix Emulate 500, and in today's article I'll show you how to set it up. The first step is to launch RSLogix Emulate...

Top Two RSLogix 5, 500, Micro Tips

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When you've been using a software package since version 1.0, you're likely to pick up some tips along the way. And when you've spent twenty years helping others learn to use that software, you also...

Top Two RSLogix Tips (Video, TAM S2 E39)

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Learn my top two RSLogix tips in The Automation Minute, Season 2 Episode 39: If you've found this video helpful, checkout my training courses here. You can now buy high definition digital downloads of The Automation...

Get RSLogix ready for Halloween!

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In today's article I'll show you a little known trick to give RSLogix 5, 500 & Micro some Halloween spirit! First, you know that online animation in RSLogix? You know, the rotating "Ladder" animation near the top of the screen: Well...
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RSLogix 5, 500, and Micro support for Windows XP / 7 / 8

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Last Wednesday in this article I discussed how to use Rockwell's PCDC webpage to look up the compatibility of Rockwell Software packages with Microsoft Windows operating systems. In today’s article we’ll take a look at the...
RSLogix 5 Ladder Logic Sum a Integer File using a FAL

Flashback Friday! RSLogix 5 Sum Integer File using FAL

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Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting PLC-5 code I wrote and published twelve years ago using RSLogix 5. The year was 2002, and my client needed to calculate a running average based on file of integer...
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Converting your RSLogix 500 program to RSLogix 5000 using the Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0...

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UPDATE: Rockwell has release a new version of this tool with additional features which we cover in our new article HERE. To get the latest version, search the below website for “RSLogix Project Migrator (it also comes...
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Working around the Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 utility's syntax error

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A few weeks ago, a client asked me to review his SLC-500 program files. He wanted my advice on how difficult it would be to convert them to CompactLogix. When I received his files, the first thing I...
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Arranging Windows in RSLogix 5 and 500

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When I visit clients I often see them struggle to arrange windows inside RSLogix 5 and 500, resulting in a working environment like the one below: Maybe it's a touch of OCD, but when I see a mess...
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How to change the RSLogix online animation

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In today's article we'll take a walk on the lighter side and discuss the merely cosmetic ability to change the online animation in RSLogix 5 and 500. What is the online animation in RSLogix? If you've ever gone...
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How to add Ethernet communications to a non-Ethernet PLC-5

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Today you'll find Ethernet in almost every manufacturing facility, and on most all modern automation systems. But many facilities also have an installed base of legacy PLC-5 systems, and often clients call asking how they can add Ethernet connectivity to their...