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Tech Tip: Learn to Program Logix with Affordable All-In-One PLC, IO, RSLogix and Application...

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Learn how to program ControlLogix and CompactLogix applications without having to buy thousands of dollars of hardware and software in today's episode of Automation Tech Tips. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located...

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...

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 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...

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....