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Rockwell updates Flex EX as "End of Life"

While preparing a story on another product's life cycle status, we became aware of the fact that Rockwell had updated the status of their 1797 Flex Ex line to "end of life." The Flex Ex line of distributed I/O is based on the popular Flex I/O...

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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How to get Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Software (RS) Manuals and Documentation: Part 2

Getting hard physical copies of manuals and documentation for Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software products:   Click here to read part one of this article Yesterday we discussed how to get electronic copies of Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Software (RS) manuals and documentation....

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...

How To Add Ethernet Point I/O To ControlLogix (Video, TAS 17)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at how you add Ethernet Point I/O to a ControlLogix system: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366838759 w=750 h=420] The Automation Show,...

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...

How To Add ControlNet Point I/O To ControlLogix (Video, TAS 18)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at how you add ControlNet Point I/O to a ControlLogix system: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366837698 w=750 h=420] The Automation Show,...

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...

Using The Sequencer Output Instruction in RSLogix/Studio 5000 (Video, TAS 7)

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. [vimeo 368573594 w=750...

Converting Equipment from PC-Based to PLC-Based Control

My company was provided an OEM label printer and applicator machine that was being controlled by five Arduino PC boards. They were asked to provide a PLC control system, however, they insisted that they needed to use this controls architecture...

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