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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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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...

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...

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...

What's New with Logix and View? (Video, TAS 6)

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. [vimeo 368574126 w=750...

How to add Ethernet Flex I/O to ControlLogix (Article & Video, TAS 21)

In today's article (and video) I walk through how to add Ethernet Flex I/O to a ControlLogix System: Step 1) To start, open your RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000 project and find your Ethernet communications module under I/O Configuration. Once...

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...

How to add ControlNet Flex I/O to ControlLogix (Article & Video, TAS 22)

In today's article (and video) I walk through how to add ControlNet Flex I/O to a ControlLogix system: NOTE: This article is not a comprehensive ControlNet tutorial, so if you're not already familiar with ControlNet you'll likely want to learn...
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The 1769-AENTR as seen at Automation Fair 2013

Mid-morning of the first day of Automation Fair 2013, I had the fortune of participating in a show floor meeting with Dexter Long, the CompactLogix product manager for Rockwell Automation. The meeting was to discuss the newly announced (and long desired)...
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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...

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