Programmable Controllers

Siemens S7-1500 Advanced PLCs Overview (P80)

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Jim Wilmot of Siemens is my guest this week, and he covers the Siemens S7-1500 line of Advanced Programmable Controllers on episode 80 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes"...

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...

Tech Tip: Learn to Program Logix with Affordable All-In-One PLC, IO, RSLogix and Application...

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Learn how to program ControlLogix and CompactLogix applications without having to buy thousands of dollars of hardware and software in today's episode of Automation Tech Tips. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located...

First Look: Productivity 2000 PLC Starter Kit

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We take a first look at the Productivity 2000 PLC Starter Kit from Automation Direct in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 20 Show Notes: Special thanks to Automation Direct...

Community Q & A: S7-1200 to Third Party Device over Profinet

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In this edition of "Community Q & A," one of our readers sent in a question about how to go about using a third party product on Profinet with an S7-1200. Note: To see a...

Tech Tip: S7-1500 Graphics and Dashboards made easy with View of Things

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Learn how to quickly create dashboards and download them to a S7-1500 using TIA Portal v17 and new View of Things feature in this episode of Automation Tech Tips. For more information, check out the...

Community Q & A: ControlLogix Comms Issue

In this edition of "Community Q & A," one of our locals community members needs help connecting to his ControlLogix Controller. Note: To see a list of all our ControlLogix videos and articles, click HERE. Community...

What's New with Siemens PLCs?

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We take a quick look at what's new with Siemens PLCs in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 14 Show Notes: Check out the full session video at the Siemens...

S7 PLCsim Advanced

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While you are programming an automation application, it is sometimes useful to do some coding without the real hardware in the field, for example with a cup of fresh coffee at the warm office. Sure,...

S7 PLCsim

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While you are programming an automation application, it is sometimes useful to do some coding without the real hardware in the field, for example with a cup of fresh coffee at the warm office. Sure,...

Using the PID instruction in a Micro820

I am still getting familiar with Connected Components Workbench, and have yet to implement a function block program prior to this article. In this first program I walk through how to setup and use the...
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How to Message (MSG) data from a ControlLogix to a Micro800 over Ethernet

If you are implementing a Micro800 series PLC, there is a chance you are doing a small, standalone project that needs no communication with other devices or centralized control system, but that is not...

Community Q & A: Data Highway Plus Timeouts

In this edition of "Community Q & A" (formerly "Insight's Inbox",) I discuss with one of our community members at automation.locals.com what might be causing one of his Data Highway Plus devices to keep...

Micro820, Panelview 800, and Powerflex 525 CCW Project

One of the positive attributes of the Connected Components Workbench project is the ability to program multiple devices with one software package. A CCW project can contain the Panelview 800 HMI, the Micro 800 controller...

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,...

PanelView 800 to MicroLogix 1100 via Ethernet

In my first article on the PanelView 800 I discussed getting acquainted with the terminal and software and creating the CCW project. In this article I plan to connect to a controller and cover the...

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...

First Look: PLCnext Starter Kit

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We take a first look at the PLCnext Starter Kit from Phoenix Contact in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 11 Show Notes: Special thanks to Phoenix Contact for sending...

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...