Programmable Controllers

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...

Top Siemens PLC Manuals & Documentation

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Early in my new online course on Siemens PLCs, I walk students through which of the tens of thousands of Manuals and Documents on the Siemens Industry Support Website that I as a new...

Siemens PLC How-Tos

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The Automation Blog's Siemens S7 PLC Content (35) Updated on 03/03/2022 This article includes links to all of our Siemens S7 How-To's and Perspectives. To learn about our affordable Siemens S7 training course, click here.   Getting Started The Siemens S7-1200 Shawn...

Mitsubishi PLCs: FX5 vs iQ-R

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Mitsubishi’s lines of programmable controllers include the iQ-F and iQ-R PLCs which in my option are both powerhouses of flexibility, compact size, and reliability. In today's article I introduce you to the newer models of the...

ControlFlash Error: DTL_E_FAIL, Illegal Command Format

This weekend I was working on a project creating and testing a MicroLogix program using a 1763-L16BBB Series A, Frn 1.0, and found certain bits we're getting stuck. This can be caused by poor programming,...

Connect A-B PLCs to the Cloud using MQTT

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Learn how to connect A-B PLCs to the Cloud using an MQTT Gateway today on The Automation Show (S2E01) For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 650808618 w=750 h=420] The Automation...

FactoryTalk Logix Echo from Rockwell (P85)

My guest this week is Brad Prosak of Rockwell who introduces us to FactoryTalk Logix Echo in Episode 85 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch...

How To Migrate PLC-5 and SLC-500 Programs to Studio 5000 and Logix Controllers

Recently one of our readers submitted a question asking for help migrating from a legacy Rockwell PLC (aka PLC-5 or SLC-500) to their new PAC lines (ControlLogix and CompactLogix.) In his email he went on...

How To Register and Use a Device Profile in GX Works3

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When you're working with Mitsubishi PLCs and GX Works3, from time to time you may find it necessary to add profiles for components (like networked devices)  so they can be added into the communications...

New Siemens S7 Course Launching December 15th!

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Do you or someone you know need to learn how to setup, program, and maintain a Siemens S7-1200 or S7-1500 Programmable Controller? For a very limited time I'm offering a 50% off coupon to anyone...

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"...