Siemens S7-1500: First Time Wiring and Programming (S45)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I wire and program my first Siemens S7-1500 PLC. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 45 Show Notes: A huge thank you to Siemens for...

The Move from Analog to Digital Control Systems

As we entered the twentieth century, the invention of electricity created previously unknown possibilities to modern technology. Generators and the utility industries began to light city streets as well as homes. On/Off controls were installed in manufacturing facilities and production...

What's New With Siemens PLCs and HMIs (S43)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I share my top picks from the Siemens Manufacturing In America 2020 virtual event's PLC and HMI presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode...

What's New With Logix and View? (S42)

In this episode of The Automation Show I share my top picks from Rockwell's ROKLive Logix and View Presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 42 Show Notes: Quick Link to Rockwell's...

What's New with Siemens PLCs, MIA 2020

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I recently had a chance to sit down and check out some of the Siemens presentations from their Manufacturing In America 2020 virtual event. In today's article I'll highlight the slides that caught my attention from the presentation titled, "FA1:...

What's New with Logix, ROKLive 2020

One of my favorite Rockwell Automation trade show sessions has always been "What's New in Logix." This year, the ROKLive presentation that came closet to that classic presentation was CL03, "What's New and Notable in the Integrated Architecture System," and...

Siemens S7-1500 Compact Starter Kit Unboxing (S40)

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In this episode of The Automation Show we unbox a brand new Siemens S7-1500 Compact PLC Starter Kit: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 40 Show Notes: Special thanks to Siemens for...

ControlLogix Function Block Totalizer

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In this article I'll introduce you to the basics of a ControlLogix Function Block Routine Totalizer Instruction. If you have ever used any Allen-Bradley software, you are familiar with their ladder logic programming. In many of the earlier systems such as...

Capture and Average a Value with FFL, FFU, and AVE Instructions

In a previous article regarding ControlLogix processor faults, I mentioned one of the ways a processor can be faulted was by causing an array to go out of bounds when using an FFL and FFU instruction. These instructions are commonly...

ControlLogix Processor Faults

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Years ago, I was in the middle of a normal day of work when I got a call on the radio that a conveyor had stopped, and then I was informed that the entire process around that conveyor had...