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Do you really need RSLogix 500 to program a MicroLogix?

Over the last few months I've received several messages asking what the correct software is to program the MicroLogix line of programmable controllers. This confusion surprises me since RSlogix Micro has been out since 2009, as can be seen in this...

A-B PLC-5 Serial Comm Setup & Download (Video, TAM S3 E18)

Learn how to setup serial communications to an A-B PLC-5 and then download to it in Episode 18 of The Automation Minute Season 3: If you've found this video helpful, checkout my PLC Basics Training Course HERE. You can also now buy high...

The Best PLC To Learn With (Video, TAM S2 E30)

What is the best PLC to learn with? I tell you my opinion in episode 30 of The Automation Minute, Season 2. If you've found this video helpful, checkout my training courses here. You can now buy high definition digital downloads of The Automation Minute...

VMware Settings that work with RSLinx, ControlFlash, and BOOTP

In today's article I'll show the you the VMware Workstation settings I used to allow BOOTP, RSLinx, and ControlFlash to work. Part 1) VMware Workstation Network Connection Setting Step 1) Open the VMware Settings for your Virtual Machine While there are many ways to open the...
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How to test the loading of Non-Volatile memory in your CompactLogix or ControlLogix

Similar to other Allen-Bradley PLC's, the CompactLogix and ControlLogix Controllers give you three options for loading the Controller's memory "image" from non-volatile memory (CompactFlash, SD, etc.) These "load modes" are "User Initiated," "On Power Up," and "On Corrupt Memory." Below I'll walk...

Fatal Application Error Encountered in Studio 5000 Logix Designer

As I was prepping to film additional lessons for my CompactLogix course yesterday, I ran into a completely new Studio 5000 Logix Designer "Fatal Error" that I hadn't run into before. After I duplicated the issue on two different PCs,...
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The Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1200

In the year 2000, six years after the MicroLogix 1000 launch and one year after the launch of the MicroLogix 1500, the MicroLogix 1200 was released into the market. This new MicroLogix represented the lower end of Allen-Bradley's second generation of Micro hardware, with the...
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RSLogix 500 and Micro Get Windows 8 Release

Just this last week I found out that Rockwell Automation had released version 9.05 of RSLogix 500 and RSLogix Micro. These new versions add support for Windows 8 and 8.1 while also removing support for Windows XP. Aside from the expanded OS support, you won't find...

Beginner's PLC (TAP 26)

In The Automation Podcast: Episode 26, we discuss two different options when choosing a Beginner's PLC. Note - You'll find more information about choosing a Beginner's PLC in our companion article below: Blog: Beginner's PLC Listen to the Podcast: NOTE - Below are the...

Get A-B Programmable Controller data into Microsoft Excel using RSLinx

In Today's article I'll walk you through how you can bring Allen-Bradley Programmable Controller Data into Microsoft Excel 2016 using RSLinx Classic. NOTE: The below procedure works with any licensed copy of RSLinx Classic, including Single Node, OEM, and Gateway shown...

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