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...

Using the Controller’s Time in Studio 5000

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If the need arises to use specific time in your ladder logic program, this guide will give you a reference to go by. Possibly you have a cleaning device that only needs to operate once an hour or once a...

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...

Configuring A Modicon M340 PLC Ethernet Port

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In this article I would like to show you how to configure an Ethernet port on Modicon M340 PLC and assign an IP address. Before we begin, following is the list of items you need PC with EcoStruxure Control Expert...

Bridging Networks Using RSLinx

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If you are using Rockwell control systems as a platform across your facility or if you have integrated systems between other vendors along with any Rockwell products, you may have found the need to cross multiple networks to gain...

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,...

Converting ControlNet I/O to EtherNet I/O

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If you have had ControlLogix systems running in your facility for any amount of time, chances are they contain ControlNet communication modules for the communication between processor chassis and their controlled remote I/O chassis as well as a myriad...

Getting CIP Data from your Stratix Switch

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Have you ever used or thought of using your HMI as a network monitoring tool? What if your HMI system was used for more than just an operational tool? What if it can also help you, as a control system...