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 to get data a your...

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 is not very surprising as...

Siemens S7-1200 Overview (P50)

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 Podcast: [vimeo 388577957 w=750 h=420] Listen to...

First Time Using A Siemens Basic Panel (Video, TAS 23)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I connect a Siemens KTP-700 Basic Panel to a S7-1200 for the first time: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366830832 w=750 h=420] The Automation Show, Episode...

Creating your first Siemens S7-1200 Program (Video, TAS 19)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I walk new users through how to create their first Siemens S7-1200 Ladder Logic Program: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366825230 w=750 h=420] The Automation Show,...

How To Set The IP Address Of A New Siemens S7-1200 PLC (Video, TAS...

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at how you set the IP Address of a new Siemens S7-1200: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366837103 w=750 h=420] The Automation...

How To Activate TIA Portal Step 7 Using A USB License

If your copy of TIA Portal Step 7 came with USB Memory Stick Floating License, you'll need to move that license to your hard drive before you'll be able to use Step 7. If you don't, even with the USB...

Siemens S7-1200: Most Helpful Links and Videos

Over the last few weeks I've received many helpful messages recommending webpages and videos to help me get started using the S7-1200, and in today's article I'll share those I found to be the most helpful. Note: If you'd like...

The Siemens S7-1200

The Simatic S7-1200 is Siemens's programmable controller aimed at stand-alone and basic automation applications, and is often referred to as their Basic or Compact controller. From my perspective as a long time Rockwell user, the S7-1200 seems to be most similar...

Siemens PLC and HMI Starter Kit (Video, TAS 11)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show we open a brand new Siemens PLC and HMI Starter Kit: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 368562755 w=750 h=420] The Automation Show, Episode 11 Show Notes: Siemens...