Distributed I/O

Point I/O vs Flex I/O

A reader recently asked what the difference was between Point I/O and Flex I/O, and in today's article I'll share my thoughts on the subject. Note: Those not familiar with Rockwell's I/O products may also want to consider 1756 I/O,...

Automation Talk: Thoughts, Impressions, and Goings-on for March 6, 2019

I'm very fortunate to be able to catch up with so many connections, blog readers, and forum posters each week. Often our discussions go in some interesting directions, many of which I think our readers here would also enjoy hearing...
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Using The Sequencer Output Instruction in RSLogix/Studio 5000 (video)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we walk through what it takes to use the Sequencer Output Instruction in RSLogix/Studio 5000: (starts at 3:00) For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. The Automation Show,...
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What's New with Logix and View? (video)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at What's New in Logix and View based on the Automation Fair 2018 presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. The Automation Show,...

What's New in Logix, AF2018

One of my favorite Automation Fair Technical Sessions is "What's New in Logix," and in today's article I'll highlight the slides that caught my attention as I reviewed this year's presentation. First up was a slide promoting the coming release...

The First Generation of CompactLogix Controllers

The CompactLogix family of Programmable Automation Controllers has been popular with Small Machine Builders and System Integrators for many years. The most obvious reason for its popularity is that it's smaller and less expensive then Rockwell's ControlLogix line, while still...

Pre-order my CompactLogix Training Course to save over 70%!

Since I released my comprehensive ControlLogix Training Course (PAC Basics) last year, I've been receiving a lot of requests for a course covering the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix line of small Programmable Automation Controllers. With that in mind, over the past month...

What's New in Logix (TechED 18)

Of all the Rockwell Automation TechED 2018 presentations made available last week, the first ones I went through were the "What's New" presentations, as I'm always looking to find out what's new and coming from Rockwell. In today's article I'll review...

New Flex 5000 I/O

Welcome to part nine of the nine part series covering my choices for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation Fair 2017. Note: While this series covers the products in which I am most interested, you'll...

A-B 5380 and 5069: Don't forget to order your terminal blocks!

The new 5380 CompactLogix and 5069 Compact I/O don't come with terminal blocks. For well over a decade Allen-Bradley customers counted on terminal blocks being included when they purchased either a 1769 CompactLogix controller, or 1769 Compact I/O. However, with the...

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