What's New With Siemens PLCs and HMIs (S43)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I share my top picks from the Siemens Manufacturing In America 2020 virtual event's PLC and HMI presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode...

What's New with Siemens PLCs, MIA 2020

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I recently had a chance to sit down and check out some of the Siemens presentations from their Manufacturing In America 2020 virtual event. In today's article I'll highlight the slides that caught my attention from the presentation titled, "FA1:...

Siemens S7-1500 Compact Starter Kit Unboxing (S40)

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In this episode of The Automation Show we unbox a brand new Siemens S7-1500 Compact PLC Starter Kit: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 40 Show Notes: Special thanks to Siemens for...

String Selection from Binary Input

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Do you have a machine that you need to get data from? And do you need to send that data to another device but the machine lacks networking capabilities? In this article I'll show how to get data a your...

Converting PLC-5 Ladder Programs to ControlLogix

As I was entering kindergarten in 1986, Allen Bradley was releasing one of the first platforms that could be programmed by a personal computer, the PLC-5. Fast forward thirty-one years later to 2017, Allen Bradley discontinued support of these processors...

How to download RSLogix Micro Lite, RSLinx Lite, and Emulate 500 for free (2020)

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UPDATE: As of April 2020 you now need to search on 1763 instead of RSLogix Micro Lite, and that change is reflected below. Rockwell recently changed their website again, and as a result it's a little harder to find the...

Siemens vs. Allen-Bradley PLCs: One Engineer's Perspective

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Are you an experienced controls engineer working in manufacturing or integration with an in depth knowledge of Allen-Bradley and have recently been introduced to Siemens? For eleven years I've predominately with Allen-Bradley Programmable Controllers, which is not very surprising as...

RSView32 to SLC-5/04 & PLC-5 over DH Plus via Ethernet and 1756 Gateway (S36)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use RSView32 Works to read and display data from a SLC-5/04 and PLC-5 on Data Highway Plus over Ethernet through a Logix Gateway: For more information, check out...

Updating Redundant PLC-5 Programs

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With so many generations of control equipment on the plant floor, a control engineer can be called to look at many different models of control equipment in the same day. Each piece of control equipment, even by the same manufacturer,...

PanelView Plus to ControlLogix, SLC-5/04, & PLC-5 over DH Plus (Video S35)

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In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use View Studio to create and download a PanelView Plus program to read data from a ControlLogix, SLC-5/04 and PLC-5 over a Data Highway Plus network: For more...