Programmable Controllers

Soft PLCs: Common Myths and Reasons To Use

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...

Can You Manually Reset A PLC Timer?

I discuss a reader's question about if you can manually reset a Timer in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 34 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Article and Discussion: https://theautomationblog.com/mitsubishi-plc-timers-and-counters/ Join our new...

Mitsubishi PLCs: Brief History and Hardware Overview

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If you are looking at a PAC or a PLC, chances are you already have a good idea of what features you are looking for and what hardware and programming you hope to use. As...

Multiple ControlLogix Controllers?

I discuss a reader's question about having Multiple ControlLogix Controllers in a chassis in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 31 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Article and Discussion: https://theautomationblog.com/can-multiple-logix-plcs-control-ethernet-io/ Join our new...

SLC-100 Programming Software?

I discuss a reader's question about where you can find the programming software for a SLC-100 (and 150) in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 30 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Download...

PLCs: Past, Present, and Future

In today's video I take a look back at the evolution of PLCs, then I talk about some of the next generation features vendors have available today, after which I discuss what me might...

Sharing Data Between A-B Programmable Controllers

Recently, one of our community members asked how he could go about sharing data between various Allen-Bradley PLCs. First he needed to share Tag Values between two ControlLogix controllers, after which he needed to read...

How To Program A-B's First PLC

In our previous article we discussed the hardware details of Allen-Bradley’s first programmable controller, the PDQ-II. Now in today’s article we’ll take a detailed look at the program side, including programming options and procedures,...

The PDQ-II: Allen-Bradley's First PLC

It was the summer of 1969, and Information Instruments, Inc (3I) became the second company (after DEC) to supply a “Standard Machine Controller” to the GM’s Hydra-Matic division, several weeks ahead of Bedford Associates...

Next Generation Automation with Schneider Electric (P96)

Louis Arone introduces us to the Next Generation of Automation Systems from Schneider Electric in Episode 96 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen...

Video: Siemens S7-1500 Must Have Manuals

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I cover the "essential" S7-1500 manuals that new users will want to have quick access to in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 28 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Siemens Support...

Video: Siemens S7-1200 Must Have Manuals

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I cover the "essential" S7-1200 manuals that new users will want to have quick access to in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 27 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Siemens Support...

Essential Siemens S7-1500 Manuals

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To setup the S7-1500 PLCs used in my new online course,  there was a lot of information I needed in order to install, wire, and test the CPUs and Modules. After spending hours sifting through...

Video: Top S7 PLC Manuals

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I cover the "must have" manuals that new users of Siemens S7 PLCs will want to have easy access to in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 26 Show...

Essential Siemens S7-1200 Manuals

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To setup the S7-1200 PLCs used in my new online course,  there was a lot of information I needed in order to install, wire, and test the CPUs and Modules. After spending hours sifting through...