Programmable Controllers

Technology Object – PID_Compact

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So far in this series I've created a functioning PLC program in my S7-1200, and an HMI project in my Basic Panel to manipulate and operate the program. Now I'm looking to enhance my application...

Upgrade Your Career: ControlLogix Training Sale

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The industrial automation market in the USA is heating up, and many companies are finding it hard to hire people with the knowledge needed to maintain and upgrade automated systems. And it's times like these...

PLCnext: The Next Generation of PLCs (P68)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Ira Sharp from Phoenix Contact to get up to speed on their next gen PLC line, PLCnext. For more information, check out the "Show...

S7-1200 First Program – Home Sprinkler System

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In my previous articles I've covered installing and licensing the TIA Portal software, setting up and configuring the CPU and I/O modules, as well as compiling and downloading a program, and then going online...

S7-1200 Going Online, Run Mode, LED & CPU Status

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In the last article I ended after compiling and downloading to the S7 1200. In this article, I am going online with the CPU, changing the Mode to “RUN” and exploring the status information and...

Book Review: Introduction to Programmable Logic Controller & Ladder Logic

Today's article is the first in a news series I'm writing in which I'll review books about PLCs. To start, I'm going to review those PLC books which are free to read with a $10/mo...

TIA Portal First Steps: Add CPU, Configure, and Download

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In my last few articles I've covered unboxing my new Siemens Starter Kit, assembling the hardware, connecting power, installing and licensing the TIA Portal software, and creating my first project. In this article, I will...

Licensing and Opening TIA Portal for the First Time

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In my first article on the Siemens Starter Kit, which includes the S7-1200 FailSafe CPU, I covered unboxing and contents, powering up the unit and loading the Simatic software. The next step seems to be...

Time Synchronization in ControlLogix Systems

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In my living room sits this clock, given to my great-grandfather in 1991 for fifty years of service. As I wind it up every few days, it gives me several important reminders in life. To...

Siemens S7-1200FC Failsafe Starter-Kit

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Since the beginning of my career back in 2000, I have worked with quite a few different automation vendors and products. The first PLC I ever touched was an old Allen Bradley SLC 100, and...

What's New in Connected Components Workbench 13

Earlier this month Rockwell released version 13 of Connected Components Workbench, and today I'll review the biggest new features as listed in the product's release notes: New Micro800 Features: New "Controller Organizer" project tree style...

New “Logix Live™” Online Training Course coming March 16th

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The live, online PLC Training course you've been waiting for is now open for enrollment! The response to my summer training survey showed me there is an overwhelming desire for evening courses on Programmable Controllers....

ControlLogix Redundancy v33: Six Things You Need To Know

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You might be very happy with NOT touching your Logix 5561 redundant controllers running at firmware version sixteen, and I don’t wish to persuade you otherwise. But if you are thinking about upgrading to something...

PLC Training: What is the Best PLC to Learn With?

During my years in the field one of the most common questions I was asked by Electricians and Engineers alike was where they could go to get affordable training on Programmable Logic Controllers? As our...

Writing Logic in your Safety PLC

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In a previous article, we discussed some safety options from Rockwell for a safety PLC as well as industry standards such as IEC 61508 and SIL ratings. In this article, I want to venture into...

Getting Started with your Safety PLC

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For a machine application that involves a safety system, guarding or other needed safety equipment, Rockwell, as well as other vendors, provide safety solutions that meet the requirements to replace safety relays and hard-wired...
CompactLogix 5380 Fi

Why Are My 5069-IF8 Analog Inputs Updating Slowly?

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One of our community members recently asked what would cause his 5380 analog inputs updating so slow? His application required that each 5380 analog inputs updated every 10ms, but what he was seeing in the...

Logix Bit Field Distribute and Message Instructions

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Logix Programming Instructions Every Tech Needs to Know Part II Image by Brandon Cooper In part one of this series, we looked at an introduction to learning Studio 5000 programming instructions for ControlLogix processors as well...

FactoryTalk AssetCentre Basic Operation

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In a previous article here, we discussed the latest release of Factory Talk AssetCentre version 10.00.00. In case you are unfamiliar with an AssetCentre project and the looks of it, I want to take an...

IFM Encoder to S7-1500 HSC (S50B)

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Learn how to connect and use an Encoder with an S7-1500 High Speed Counter Input and Technology Object in TIA Portal in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show...