Programmable Controllers

How to download Connected Components Workbench for free in 2023 (A003)

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Note: If you need help learning to use CCW with the Micro800 line of PLCs, check out my Five-Star rated Micro800 Nano Basics online course. It comes with support and never expires. Automation Tech Tip...

OpenPLC (P139)

Today my guest is Thiago Alves who introduces OpenPLC in Episode 139 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify,...

Why is PLC-5 I/O Addressed in Octal? (QA0130)

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Automation Q & A for 01/30/23: Recently I was asked why a PLC-5's I/O is addressed in Octal, and I answer that question in today's Automation Q&A below: NOTE: If you need to learn how to...

Created and Test a RSLogix Micro Program Using RSEmulate 500 (A002)

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NOTE: The free "RSLogix Micro Starter Lite" software only works with the MicroLogix 1000, MicroLogix 1100, and free SLC-500/MicroLogix Emulator, Emulate500. To learn how to get all the software covered in this video for...

How to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx, and Emulate 500 for free in 2023 (A001)

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NOTE: The free "RSLogix Micro Starter Lite" software only works with the MicroLogix 1000, MicroLogix 1100, and free SLC-500/MicroLogix Emulator, Emulate500. If you need help learning to use RSLogix, check out my Five-Star rated PLC...

What's New In Studio 5000 V35

Late last year Rockwell released version 35 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer, and in today's article I'll cover the highlights of what's new and updated in the latest release. New Features: Axis Test Mode: Feature...

What's New In TIA Portal v18 (P132)

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This week our guest is John DeTellem from Siemens, and he covers What's New in TIA Portal V18 in Episode 132 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

Seven Things New Users Need To Know About ControlLogix

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In today's article I'm going to share what I've found have been the most important things new users must know about ControlLogix before they start using these programmable controllers for the first time. After reviewing...

Studio 5000 Pricing, Packages, Features & Bundles

In today's article I'm going to take a detailed look Studio 5000 pricing, available packages and bundles, and what features are included with each as it stands today. Studio 5000 Mini: Ladder Logix only for...

RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000 Logix Designer

To program a CompactLogix or ControlLogix controller you're going to need a copy of Studio 5000 Logix Designer, which was formerly known as RSLogix 5000 prior to the version 21 release: If you don't have...

What's New Connected Components Workbench v21

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Rockwell recently released version 21 of Connected Components Workbench, and below I'll summarize any new and enhanced features: New and Enhanced Micro800 Features: Now supports Ethernet implicit I/O messaging for L50E and L70E controllers The...

Rockwell Automation’s Programmable Automation Controllers

Most industrial automation vendors offer modern Programmable Controllers, but not all of them brand their products as PACs. Take Siemens for instance: You'd be hard pressed to find a PAC feature their S7 line of...

TIA Portal Cause and Effect Matrix (P125)

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Ron Knight from Prism Systems and John DeTellem from Siemens introduce us to the Cause and Effect Matrix in TIA Portal v17 in Episode 125 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the...

What's New in Studio 5000 v35 (P122)

Kristen Kosatka of Rockwell Automation comes on the show this week to share what's new with Studio 5000 v35 in Episode 122 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located...

Soft PLCs: Common Myths and Reasons To Use (P121)

This week Steve Mustard and Pascal Girerd come on the show to talk about Soft PLC Myths and Reasons To Use Them Today in Episode 121 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out...

Siemens S7 PLC Program To Read Logix Tag Values Over Ethernet

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Today I create a Siemens S7 PLC Program using TIA Portal Step 7 to read tag values from a ControlLogix over Ethernet (TAS2 E5.) For more information including product links, check out the "Show Notes"...

Three Questions Answered: Studio 5000, PanelView 800, CompactLogix

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I answer three reader's questions on Studio 5000, the PanelView 800, and CompactLogix in Episode 37 of The Automation Minute, Season 5.     The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 37 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Pickup our TAB1...

Using the MicroLogix 1400's Real Time Clock

I discuss a reader's question about using the MicroLogix 1400's Real Time Clock in Episode 36 of The Automation Minute, Season 5.     The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 36 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Discussion: https://automation.locals.com/post/2555141/using-the-micrologix-1400-real-time-clock Join our...

ControlLogix and Studio 5000 Update from Rockwell Automation (P114)

This week Dennis Wylie and Justin Wengatz from Rockwell Automation bring us up to speed on What's New and Coming for ControlLogix and Studio 5000 on Episode 114 of The Automation Podcast. For more information,...

Get Data From MicroLogix via Modbus and NET-AIC?

I discuss a reader's question about if you can collect data from a MicroLogix which is already communicating with an HMI using Modbus RTU by using a 1761-NET-AIC in this episode of The Automation...