Programmable Controllers

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...

Extended Tag Properties in Logix and View Designer

I’ll admit, I don’t always investigate every new feature that I read in a software’s release notes and many times I fail to utilize them for some time. Such is the case for tag extended...

First Look: BRX PLC Starter Kit

We take a first look at the BRX PLC Starter Kit from Automation Direct in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 8 Show Notes: Special thanks to Automation Direct for...

How to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx, and Emulate 500 for free (2021)

NOTE: The free "RSLogix Micro Starter Lite" software I show how to download in this article only works with the MicroLogix 1000, MicroLogix 1100, and free PLC Emulator. If you need help learning to use...

Example Application: Reading ControlLogix Tags into a Siemens S7-1200

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In my last article, I went through the necessary steps to read and write data to and from tags in a ControlLogix via a program in a Siemens S7 PLC. In today's article I'll go...

How To Read and Write to ControlLogix Tags from a Siemens S7 PLC

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I would think that it would be extremely nice to have an entire manufacturing environment using the exact same control system with the same hardware and software throughout, but I can imagine that there...

Ask Me Anything about the PLC-5

After getting my electronics degree over thirty years ago, I landed my first job in the industrial automation industry as an Inside Technical Specialist. That job was basically a technical support position with some...

Writing your first TIA code in SCL

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Sometimes it's hard writing PLC code in LAD (ladder logic) or FBD (function block diagram). Especially, if you have to do some math work or mass operations. In these cases you can easily use SCL/ST...