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ControlLogix Reading Data From CompactLogix, MicroLogix, and SLC-500 over DH-485 (Video, TAS 26)

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 CompactLogix, MicroLogix, and SLC-500 over a DH-485 network: For more information, check out the "Show...

Converting Equipment from PC-Based to PLC-Based Control

My company was provided an OEM label printer and applicator machine that was being controlled by five Arduino PC boards. They were asked to provide a PLC control system, however, they insisted that they needed to use this controls architecture...

CompactLogix Training Course Now On Sale, Just $99

Do you know someone who needs to learn how to use the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix Programmable Controller? If you do, please share with them that our new Compact Basics online training course is on sale for just $99! This course includes eight...

DH-485 Comms Hardware and RSLinx Setup (Video, TAS 25)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover the different hardware used to connect a PC to a DH-485 network, as well as how to configure RSLinx Classic Drivers for each: For more information, check out the "Show...

Why Doesn't ControlFlash Find My Firmware Files?

As I was filming new lessons for my CompactLogix course yesterday, I ran into an issue with version 15.01 of ControlFlash that I'm sure many other programmers have or will run into as well. Note: If you've never used ControlFlash...

Programmable Controller Course Starter Packs Now Available

If you (or someone you know would) like to learn how to setup and program Programmable Controllers, you can now save up to 20% with our new "multi-course" starter packs starting at just $99.99. Our Standard Starter Pack includes both...

Do you use Alias Tags? Automation Talk for March 22, 2019

One limitation of legacy programmable controllers like the PLC-5, SLC-500, and MicroLogix, was the inability to save "address names," known as "symbols" in the aforementioned products, directly to the controller. And since these "symbols" could only be saved with the...

Automation Talk: Thoughts, Impressions, and Goings-on for March 6, 2019

I'm very fortunate to be able to catch up with so many connections, blog readers, and forum posters each week. Often our discussions go in some interesting directions, many of which I think our readers here would also enjoy hearing...

The Fourth Generation of CompactLogix Controllers (5370)

The forth generation of CompactLogix controllers began with the release of the L1, L2, and L3 back in 2012. While 2012 might have been a bad year for Myan doomsayers, in was a banner year for the CompactLogix as Rockwell...

The Third Generation of CompactLogix Controllers (L4x)

The third generation of CompactLogix controllers began with the release of the L43 back in 2006. Designed to bring ControlLogix performance and select features to the CompactLogix line, internally the L4x series shares the same architecture as the 1756-L6x controllers. As...

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