Rockwell's New Compact GuardLogix Now Available

Currently featured on, the new Compact GuardLogix 5370 is now available and in factory stock. These new "safety" programmable controllers are essentially a "modern" version of Rockwell's Compact Guardlogix line, now based on their popular 5370 architecture. Users who migrate to these new models gain a USB port,...

Insights Inbox: Best PLC to use in a College Course?

In today's edition of "Insight's Inbox" we answer a reader's question about what we think would be the best PLC to use in a college course. Reader Question: My professor reached out to me to ask which PLC I would recommend he...

How to download free Allen-Bradley Sample Code, Programs and AOIs

One of the topics I like to cover in my training courses is how users can get (and use) free sample code, programs, and AOIs made available by Rockwell Automation. That said, since Rockwell made major changes to their website recently I...
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Estimating your Allen-Bradley (A-B) Logix controller's Ethernet/IP bandwidth using Rockwell's free Ethernet/IP capacity tool

When designing or upgrading a system which relies on a network, bandwidth is always a concern. But for Rockwell's CompactLogix and ControlLogix on an Ethernet/IP network there is a free, easy to use utility to help you size your system. Rockwell's Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool: UPDATE 06/01/2018:...

What's New In Studio 5000 from TechED 2018 (P46)

I review the "What's New in Studio 5000" software presentation in Episode 46 of The Automation Podcast. Watch the Podcast: [vimeo 365840154 w=750 h=420] Listen to the Podcast:

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 Highway 485 network: For more information,...

The CompactLogix and ControlLogix PACs

Today most major automation vendors have a Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) line, and Rockwell Automation is no exception with its CompactLogix and ControlLogix products. In fact, Rockwell's "Logix" line of Programmable Automation Controllers are the most popular line of PACs...

How to setup RSLinx and download to a MicroLogix 1400

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1400 using Ethernet in order to download or go online with RSLogix? Well you're in luck as in today's article I'll walk you step by...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Top Ten Sorting Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" This blog series highlights automation articles and content that I originally posted on my previous website(s) between 1999 to 2013. Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 program I wrote to work with last week's RSLogix 500 sorting program. In the early spring of 2000, a good friend of...

ControlLogix - Adding I/O at Runtime (P23)

In The Automation Podcast: Episode 23, we discuss which Allen-Bradley PLC's support adding I/O at runtime. Note: You can read our companion blog article here: ControlLogix support for adding I/O online Listen to the Podcast: