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The Automation Blog's "Best Of 2013" Programmable Controller blogs

Welcome to the first article in our "Best of 2013" series. Today we focus on our seven most popular Programmable Controller blogs. However, we should keep in mind that older blogs have a distinct advantage as they have been around much longer....

Compact GuardLogix 5380 with Safety I/O

Welcome to part six of the nine part series covering my choices for the top new PLC and HMI products shown at Rockwell's Automation Fair 2017. Note: While this series covers the products in which I'm most interested, you'll find...

The Second Generation of CompactLogix Controllers (L3x)

The second generation of CompactLogix controllers began with the release of the 1769-L35E back in 2003. It was the first CompactLogix to be released with Ethernet communications, and came out nearly two years before the first MicroLogix with Ethernet, the...

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...

How to create and download a program using Studio 5000 (Video, TAM S2 E20)

Learn how to create and download a program using Studio 5000 in episode 20 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...

Get Rockwell's PlantPAx Library of Process Objects for FREE (Video, TAM S3 E08)

Learn how to get Rockwell's Library of Process Objects for free in Episode 8 of The Automation Minute, Season 3: If you've found this video helpful, checkout my complete ControlLogix Training Course HERE. You can also now buy high definition digital downloads of...

How to flash CompactLogix firmware over Ethernet

In today's article I walk you through how to flash a CompactLogix processor's firmware over Ethernet using RSLinx and ControlFlash. Step 1) Open ControlFlash When you install RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000, a firmware flashing program called ControlFlash is also installed. To start the process of...

Studio 5000 Logix Designer 31: What's New?

Earlier this month Rockwell released version 31 of Studio 5000 Logix Designer. Below I'll summarize the new features as documented in the release notes, and I hope to cover some of these new features in more depth in the coming...

Find out which firmware versions your CompactLogix and ControlLogix support (Video, TAM S2 E28)

Learn how to find out which firmware versions your CompactLogix and ControlLogix support in episode 28 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...

Get A-B Programmable Controller data into Microsoft Excel using RSLinx

In Today's article I'll walk you through how you can bring Allen-Bradley Programmable Controller Data into Microsoft Excel 2016 using RSLinx Classic. NOTE: The below procedure works with any licensed copy of RSLinx Classic, including Single Node, OEM, and Gateway shown...