Distributed I/O

How To Add Profinet I/O & Drives To S7-1500 (Video, TAS 24)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, John DeTellem walks us through how to add PROFINET (Ethernet) I/O and Drives to an S7-1500 using TIA Portal: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366833029...
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Why the option to "hold last state" is important in control systems

There are some control system applications where system outputs must hold last state in the event they become physically disconnected from the controller, or if the controller stops controlling those outputs for any reason. These applications include some heating, cooling, and pumping applications where the...

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...

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...

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...
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Large Point I/O rack communication issue

I was recently called into a “consumer goods” plant to look at a communication problem with Point I/O. The night before I was told all the Point I/O, which had been successfully tested overseas, was no longer working. However, when I arrived on-site the problem was...

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...
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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,...

Rockwell launching new I/O line: 5069 Compact I/O platform

Recently one of our readers brought to our attention that Rockwell Automation was preparing to launch a new I/O platform (thanks Brian!) Not having heard of it myself, I headed over to Rockwell's Literature Library to see if they had yet to published any...
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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. The Automation Show,...

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