Allen-Bradley PLC

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...

Estimating The Capacity Of A ControlLogix System

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Last week I covered how to quickly put together a ControlLogix system BOM using IAB. Today I'll walk you through two ways you can use the same software to to insure your design does not...

Selecting Components For A ControlLogix System

You've been asked to put together a bill of materials for a control system based on Rockwell's ControlLogix architecture, and after spending some time on the Rockwell website you might feel like your drinking...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Logix Compute and Absolute Instructions

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Logix Programming Instructions Every Tech Needs to Know, Part I Image by Brandon Cooper Learning to program anything takes time and effort. The more investment that you make, the greater the return. When I have set out...

ControlLogix Programming: Different Ways of Accomplishing Your Goals

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Programmers can accomplish a task in many ways. They have many options available, and it is almost to the point that you can use whatever coding style your preference is for a task at...

A Day in the Life: Dead Pico? Migrate to a Micro810

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A Day in the Life of a Controls Engineer: Migrating a dead Pico to a Micro810 Once upon a time, there was a control systems engineer that was able to leave work at a predictable...

How To Setup an IFM IOLink Master with Logix

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In this article I'll walk you through how to set up the communications of an IO-Link master with an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC. The first thing that needs to be done is to setup up...