Getting CIP Data from your Stratix Switch

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...

Setting up a 1783-ETAP

If you are contemplating using a Device Level Ring (DLR) topology in your control system networks, an important device in that network is the EtherNet Tap (ETAP). If the remote devices in your DLR network will require fiber, the ETAP...

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,...

PanelView Standard to CompactLogix or ControlLogix over DH Plus or DH-485 (Video S33)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use PanelBuilder 32 to create and download a PanelView Standard program to read data from a CompactLogix or ControlLogix over Data Highway Plus or Data Highway 485: For...

Writing ControlLogix Controller Logs To Removable Media

In modern industry, when it comes to production downtime, very few events are overlooked without an explanation. “Failure analysis” on failed components, and “root cause analysis” for downtime events, are common terminology you will hear if you are involved in...

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...