Logic Controllers (PLC)

      FactoryTalk AssetCentre Basic Operation

      In a previous article here, we discussed the latest release of Factory Talk AssetCentre version 10.00.00. In case you are unfamiliar with an AssetCentre project and the looks of it, I want to take an...

      IFM Encoder to S7-1500 HSC (S50B)

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      Learn how to connect and use an Encoder with an S7-1500 High Speed Counter Input and Technology Object in TIA Portal in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show...

      A Day in the Life: Dead Pico? Migrate to a Micro810

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      A Day in the Life of a Controls Engineer: Migrating a dead Pico to a Micro810 Once upon a time, there was a control systems engineer that was able to leave work at a predictable...

      IFM Encoder to S7-1200 HSC (S50A)

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      Learn how to connect and use an Encoder with an S7-1200 High Speed Counter Input in TIA Portal in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

      IFM Encoder to MicroLogix 1100 HSC (S49A)

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      Learn how to connect and use an Encoder with a MicroLogix 1100 and High Speed Counter function in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

      Using Siemens S7-1200 Signal Modules (S48)

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      Learn how to add and use Siemens S7-1200 Signal Modules in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 48 Show Notes: A...

      Siemens S7-1500: First Time Wiring and Programming (S45)

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      In this episode of The Automation Show I wire and program my first Siemens S7-1500 PLC. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 45 Show Notes: A huge...

      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...

      What's New with Siemens PLCs, MIA 2020

      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...

      Siemens S7-1500 Compact Starter Kit Unboxing (S40)

      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...

      String Selection from Binary Input

      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...

      Converting PLC-5 Ladder Programs to ControlLogix

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      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...

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

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      NOTE: The free "RSLogix Micro Starter Lite" software I detail how to get in this article works with the MicroLogix 1000, MicroLogix 1100, and free PLC Emulator. If you need help learning to use it,...

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

      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...

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

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      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...

      Updating Redundant PLC-5 Programs

      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,...

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

      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...

      PanelView 800 to MicroLogix, CompactLogix, & SLC-5/03 over DH-485 (Video S34)

      In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use CCW to create and download a PanelView 800 program to read data from a CompactLogix, MicroLogix, and SLC-5/03 over a Data...

      PanelView Standard to SLC-5/04 & PLC-5 over DH Plus (Video S32)

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      In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use PanelBuilder 32 to create and download a PanelView Standard program to read data from a SLC-5/04 and PLC-5 over a Data...

      Siemens S7-1200 Overview (P50)

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      In this episode of The Automation Podcast, Luis Narvaez from Siemens provides us with an overview of the S7-1200 line of PLCs: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the...