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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

In today's article we walk you through the steps to import a MicroLogix program into a Micro800 using the Connected Components Workbench (CCW) conversion tool. Part One: Export your MicroLogix...
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How to get Rockwell's MicroLogix to Micro800 conversion tool

In today's article we'll take you step-by-step through how to get Rockwell's MicroLogix to Micro800 conversion tool. Step 1) Navigate your web browser to www.ab.com: Step 2)...
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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...
MicroLogix 1500 to 1400 or CompactLogix

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...
MicroLogix 1000 to 1200 or Micro830

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...