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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...
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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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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,...

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...
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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...

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...

Can multiple Logix PLC's control the same Ethernet I/O?

A client recently asked me if multiple CompactLogix (or ControlLogix) processors could control the same Ethernet I/O. Since RSLogix5000 has supported Ethernet I/O, its been possible to setup two processors to control, or "own," the same remote rack of Ethernet I/O....
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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,...

How to add Ethernet Flex I/O to ControlLogix

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...

How to add ControlNet Flex I/O to ControlLogix

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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