New Flex 5000 I/O (Video, TAM S4 E16)

In part nine of my nine part series covering new PLC and HMI products shown at Automation Fair 2017, I discuss the Flex 5000 I/O (Episode 16 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you've found this video helpful, checkout...

ControlLogix Reading Data From PLC-5 and SLC-500 over DH Plus (Video S27)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how you can use the MSG (Message) Instruction in the ControlLogix to read data from the PLC-5 and SLC-500 over a Data Highway Plus network: For more information, check out...
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How to download CompactLogix and ControlLogix Firmware

In today's article we walk you through the updated steps you take to download CompactLogix and ControlLogix Firmware. Step 1) Navigate to www.ab.com Step 2) On the left, click on the "Product Compatibility and Download Center" link: Step 3) Now select "Firmware Updates" Step 4)...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix L61B Processor

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix 5561 Processor I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this is one of the best prices I've seen on an L61 Series B! ControlLogix 1756-L61 Series B currently at $450 Free Shipping, Seller with...

The Best PLC To Learn With (Video, TAM S2 E30)

What is the best PLC to learn with? I tell you my opinion in episode 30 of The Automation Minute, Season 2. If you've found this video helpful, checkout my training courses here. You can now buy high definition digital downloads of The Automation Minute...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix Processors, Racks, Comm Modules

Deals of the Week: I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this week I've come across three on ControlLogix: 1756-L55, Ethernet, I/O Modules, PS & Chassis: $1,250 ControlLogix 1756-L55 with Ethernet, Eight I/O modules, Chassis, and Power Supply listed...
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Changes I would like to see made to Rockwell's Translate PLC-5 SLC utility

UPDATE: Rockwell has release a new version of this tool with additional features. To get the latest version, search the below website for “RSLogix Project Migrator (it also comes with RSLogix/Studio 5000 v19 and up)” http://compatibility.rockwellautomation.com/Pages/MultiProductDownload.aspx Having used Rockwell's Translate PLC-5 SLC...

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:
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New 1756-L85E ControlLogix With 1GB Ethernet Port Leaked

Last week, as I was looking through the public documents available from Rockwell Automation's TechED, I came across something very unexpected. UPDATE: The 1756-L85E is now officially announced - find out more details HERE. On slide four of the "SY15 - Application...
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How to test the loading of Non-Volatile memory in your CompactLogix or ControlLogix

Similar to other Allen-Bradley PLC's, the CompactLogix and ControlLogix Controllers give you three options for loading the Controller's memory "image" from non-volatile memory (CompactFlash, SD, etc.) These "load modes" are "User Initiated," "On Power Up," and "On Corrupt Memory." Below I'll walk...