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Writing Logic in your Safety PLC

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In a previous article, we discussed some safety options from Rockwell for a safety PLC as well as industry standards such as IEC 61508 and SIL ratings. In this article, I want to venture into...

Getting Started with your Safety PLC

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For a machine application that involves a safety system, guarding or other needed safety equipment, Rockwell, as well as other vendors, provide safety solutions that meet the requirements to replace safety relays and hard-wired...
CompactLogix 5380 Fi

Why Are My 5069-IF8 Analog Inputs Updating Slowly?

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One of our community members recently asked what would cause his 5380 analog inputs updating so slow? His application required that each 5380 analog inputs updated every 10ms, but what he was seeing in the...

Logix Bit Field Distribute and Message Instructions

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Logix Programming Instructions Every Tech Needs to Know Part II Image by Brandon Cooper In part one of this series, we looked at an introduction to learning Studio 5000 programming instructions for ControlLogix processors as well...

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...

Logix Compute and Absolute Instructions

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Logix Programming Instructions Every Tech Needs to Know, Part I Image by Brandon Cooper Learning to program anything takes time and effort. The more investment that you make, the greater the return. When I have set out...

ControlLogix Programming: Different Ways of Accomplishing Your Goals

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Programmers can accomplish a task in many ways. They have many options available, and it is almost to the point that you can use whatever coding style your preference is for a task at...

How To Setup an IFM IOLink Master with Logix

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In this article I'll walk you through how to set up the communications of an IO-Link master with an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC. The first thing that needs to be done is to setup up...

ControlFlash Plus

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I ran across a software with a new look from Rockwell this past week. If you have worked with Rockwell products, you are well aware that flashing module firmware is a necessity for new systems...

IFM Encoder to CompactLogix HSC (S49B)

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

Studio 5000 Logix Designer Version 33

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On September 30, 2020, Rockwell Automation released Studio 5000 Logix Designer version thirty-three. As I tend to do with each incoming version, I downloaded the “Release Notes” and Software to check it out. Image by: Brandon...

ControlLogix Diagnostic IO

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I believe that in the world of control systems, the little things can make a huge impact. The little things we do ahead of problems will determine how well we diagnose and repair issues when...

What's New With Logix and View? (S42)

In this episode of The Automation Show I share my top picks from Rockwell's ROKLive Logix and View Presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 42...

What's New with Logix, ROKLive 2020

One of my favorite Rockwell Automation trade show sessions has always been "What's New in Logix." This year, the ROKLive presentation that came closet to that classic presentation was CL03, "What's New and Notable in...

ControlLogix Function Block Totalizer

In this article I'll introduce you to the basics of a ControlLogix Function Block Routine Totalizer Instruction. If you have ever used any Allen-Bradley software, you are familiar with their ladder logic programming. In many of...

Capture and Average a Value with FFL, FFU, and AVE Instructions

In a previous article regarding ControlLogix processor faults, I mentioned one of the ways a processor can be faulted was by causing an array to go out of bounds when using an FFL and...

ControlLogix Processor Faults

Years ago, I was in the middle of a normal day of work when I got a call on the radio that a conveyor had stopped, and then I was informed that the entire...

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...

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...

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...