How To Convert SLC-500 Programs to MicroLogix

In this article we'll look at converting SLC-500 programs to MicroLogix, including how to address two common errors. Step 1) Start by opening RSLogix 500. In...

RSLogix Micro: Selecting the Controller Type

Recently a reader posted on The Automation Forums asking how he could set or change the I/O base selected in his RSLogix Micro program. Since...
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What's new in RSLogix 500, Micro v11

RSLogix 500 and RSLogix Micro version 11 is out, and in today's article we'll take a look at what's new in this release: UPDATE: My MicroLogix "Five...

I want to learn A-B PLC's, which model should I get?

This is a common question I get here on the blog and from my students at TheAutomationSchool.com. And while Rockwell has released many different platforms since...

How to setup RSLinx and download to a MicroLogix 1400

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1400 using Ethernet in order to download or go...

How to setup RSLinx comms and connect to a MicroLogix 1100

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1100 using Ethernet in order to download or go...

How to setup RSLinx comms and connect to a MicroLogix 1200

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1200 in order to download or go online with...

How to setup RSLinx comms and connect to a MicroLogix 1500

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1500 in order to download or go online with...

How to setup RSLinx comms and connect to a MicroLogix 1000

So you need to know how to setup RSLinx Classic to communicate to an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1000 in order to download or go online with...

Do you really need RSLogix 500 to program a MicroLogix?

Over the last few months I've received several messages asking what the correct software is to program the MicroLogix line of programmable controllers. This confusion surprises...

How to download free Allen-Bradley Sample Code, Programs and AOIs

One of the topics I like to cover in my training courses is how users can get (and use) free sample code, programs, and...

How to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx, and Emulate for free (Fall 2016)

UPDATE: As of November 2017 this procedure still works as long as you follow all the steps, including Step 5. I commend Rockwell on their efforts...

MicroLogix 1000 vs. 1100 Part Two: Data Files

While the MicroLogix 1000 is the least expensive RSLogix based PLC from Rockwell Automation (starting around $150,) it's also the most limited. That in mind,...

MicroLogix 1000 vs. 1100 Part One: Program files

While the MicroLogix 1000 is the least expensive RSLogix based PLC from Rockwell Automation (starting around $150,) it's also the most limited. That in mind,...

How to setup and use RS Emulate

Last week I walked through how to get a free copy of RSLogix Emulate 500, and in today's article I'll show you how to...

How to get free A-B PLC Sample Programs

I get asked a lot by my students where they can get sample programs for MicroLogix PLCs. I tell them that, in addition to the...

How to download RS Emulate (A-B PLC Emulator) for free

Update: Click HERE for the latest procedure to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx Classic, and Emulate 500 for FREE. RSLogix Emulate 500 is an excellent little...

This Week On The Automation Minute

This week on The Automation Minute Last Friday I discussed what I think is the best PLC to learn on: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBuBk85Osu4?rel=0] This Thursday I released a three...

Insights Inbox: Best PLC to use in a College Course?

In today's edition of "Insight's Inbox" we answer a reader's question about what we think would be the best PLC to use in a...

Deal of the Week: Micro PLC's and Cables

The Automation Blog's Deals of the Week: I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and the ones below caught my eye this week: Note: Below...
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Flashback Friday! MicroLogix to PowerFlex 4

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting a couple of eleven year old MicroLogix programs showing how to communicate to a PowerFlex 4. Back in 2004...
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How to use the MicroLogix to Micro800 conversion tool

Update: For the latest procedure see our article HERE. In today's article we walk you through the steps to import a MicroLogix program into a Micro800 using the Connected Components...
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How to get Rockwell's MicroLogix to Micro800 conversion tool

In today's article I'll walk you through how to get Rockwell's "MicroLogix Library Converter" MicroLogix 1000 to Micro800 conversion tool. NOTE: For a step by step...
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Rockwell releases MicroLogix 1000 to Micro800 conversion tool

Earlier this week (in this article) we covered the "MicroLogix 1000 to Micro800 Migration Guide" which Rockwell released shortly after announcing the 1000 and 1500...
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Rockwell Releases MicroLogix 1000 to Micro800 Migration Guide

On June 29th in this article I wrote about Rockwell's recent announcement that the product life cycle designation for the MicroLogix 1000 and 1500 family...
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MicroLogix 1500 Migration Options

With the recent announcement from Rockwell Automation that the MicroLogix 1500's status has been changed to "End of Life," many are asking, "What's the best...
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MicroLogix 1000 Migration Options

With the recent announcement from Rockwell Automation that the MicroLogix 1000's status has been changed to "End of Life," many users are asking, "What's the...
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MicroLogix 1000 and 1500 End of Life Date Announced

Rockwell Automation has officially listed the "end of life" date for the MicroLogix 1000 and 1500. According to their website, they will cease production of the two oldest MicroLogix models on...
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Everything you need to know to get started programming Allen-Bradley PLCs

So you, or someone you know, wants to learn how to use Allen-Bradley programmable controllers? Well you're in luck! In today's article I'll cover everything you...
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RSLogix 5, 500, and Micro support for Windows XP / 7 / 8

Last Wednesday in this article I discussed how to use Rockwell's PCDC webpage to look up the compatibility of Rockwell Software packages with Microsoft Windows...
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RSLogix 500 and Micro Get Windows 8 Release

Just this last week I found out that Rockwell Automation had released version 9.05 of RSLogix 500 and RSLogix Micro. These new versions add support for Windows 8 and...
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PLC video course now available for on-demand streaming!

I'm very please to announce that my Micro Programmable Controller Basics training video, previously only available on DVD, has just been released for "Video On-Demand"...
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Preview my PLC training video

You can now preview my PLC training course, Micro Programmable Controller Basics, in the new video below: [vimeo 124741185 w=600 h=338] Preview video of Micro Programmable Controller...
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Do you know someone who would like to learn PLCs?

If you know someone who would like to learn PLCs, I may have exactly what they've been looking for.   Not everyone is fortunate enough to...
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SLC-500 and MicroLogix Index: Links to all our articles, podcasts, and videos

Insights In Automation's SLC-500 and MicroLogix Index (78) Updated on April 1st, 2015 Today we're featuring all the articles, podcasts, and videos we've done on the topic of the Allen-Bradley SLC-500...
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Micro Programmable Controller Basics

"Everything you need to know to get started using PLCs!"   Today I'm proud to announce the release of my very first DVD training video, "Micro...
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Low Cost Operators For Home Based PLC Learning

When I began my quest last May to create an affordable PLC training video, I knew the cost of the video itself wasn't the...
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Low Cost MicroLogix Programming Cable

As I began production of my Micro Programmable Controller Basics DVD last May, I realized that people who wanted to learn PLC's on their own...
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Getting Started With Programmable Controllers (PLC)

I often get asked what is the best way to learn how to program PLC's? In my opinion, there's nothing like first hand experience. Therefore, I...
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RSLogix Micro Starter Unboxing

Last year I purchased a copy of Rockwell's RSLogix Micro Starter programming software (~$150) which programs all of Rockwell's MicroLogix programmable controllers. Note: Rockwell recently changed RSLogix Micro...

The Automation Blog’s “Best Of 2014″ SLC & MicroLogix blogs

Welcome to the third article in our "Best of 2014" series. Today we'll list the seven most popular SLC & MicroLogix blogs of 2014. As we mentioned yesterday,...
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How to add Ethernet to a MicroLogix

The MicroLogix is a very popular Micro Programmable Controller, and I often get calls asking how they can be added to an Ethernet network While we've previously discussed options...
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MicroLogix Protocol Support

In today's article we'll review the communication protocols supported by all the models and series of Allen-Bradley MicroLogix programmable controllers. MicroLogix 1000 Protocol Support: Channel 0: Series A: DF1 Respond...
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MicroLogix Communication Ports

In today's article we'll review the communication ports found on the Allen-Bradley series of MicroLogix programmable controllers. MicroLogix 1000 Communication Port: Channel 0: 8 Pin Mini-Din The MicroLogix 1000...
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Using the MicroLogix 1400′s LCD To Set Its IP Address

The MicroLogix 1400's LCD, unlike the MicroLogix 1100's, can be used to set the unit's IP Address. In today's article we'll show you the steps to do...
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Using the MicroLogix 1400′s LCD To View and Edit Data File Values

The MicroLogix 1400's LCD display allows access to many of it's features and functions. In today's article, we show you how to use it to...
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Using the MicroLogix 1400′s LCD To Enable Default Comms

divider] The MicroLogix 1400's LCD display allows access to many of it's features and functions. In today's article, we show you how to use it to...
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Using the MicroLogix 1400′s LCD To Change Trim Pot Values

The MicroLogix 1400's LCD display allows access to many of it's features and functions. In today's article, we show you how to use it to...
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Using the MicroLogix 1400′s LCD To Change Modes

The MicroLogix 1400's LCD display allows access to many of its features and functions. In today's article we show you how to use it to...
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Finding a MicroLogix 1400′s IP and MAC Address

The MicroLogix 1400 includes an Ethernet port with a fixed MAC address, as well as a settable Ethernet IP address. In today's article we'll...

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