Distributed I/O

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...

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...

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 is IO-Link?

If you're like me you've likely used DeviceNet and Hart, but until recently have never heard of IO-Link. So in today's article we'll take a look at the basics of this sensor and actuator communications technology. 1) Point to Point Communications IO-Link is...
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How to avoid "bricking" Point I/O modules when you attempt to flash firmware

I was recently contacted about some very experienced controls engineers who had ran into a strange issue. They had come across a firmware problem with one of Rockwell's 1734 Point I/O modules, but weren't having any luck successfully upgrading the firmware. Actually, it was worse than that...

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...
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1734-OE4C Analog Output Module Not Holding Last State

I recently became aware of an issue with the 1734-OE4C not holding late state. If you use this module in an installation in which holding last state is important, you'll want to read the following. As I described in Monday's blog,...

Point I/O and Flex I/O Compared (Video, TAS 14)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show we compare and contrast Point I/O with Flex I/O: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366841556 w=750 h=420] The Automation Show, Episode 14 Show Notes: Previous article mentioned...

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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How to get Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Software (RS) Manuals and Documentation: Part 1

When using new products from Allen-Bradley or Rockwell Software, you’ll likely need to refer to the product documentation and manuals for product details. And if you still have the box the product came in, you’ll often find an installation...

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