Distributed 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...

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...
Flex Ex End of Life Fi

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...
MicroLogix 1500 to 1400 or CompactLogix

MicroLogix 1500 Migration Options

With the recent announcement from Rockwell Automation that the MicroLogix 1500's status has been changed to "End of Life," many are asking, "What's the best Micro to migrate too?" Since the 1500 has some unique features, in order to suggest a...

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 CommunicationsIO-Link is...

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