Rockwell Automation (RA)

Most Popular Rockwell Tech Notes Of 2020

With another year nearly in the books, I wanted to take a moment to review what links our 300,000+ readers clicked on the most in 2020. Topping the list were the dozens of links to...

IFM Temperature Sensor: Setup, Wire, Use (S47)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I setup a new IFM TN2511 Temperature Sensor, then wire it up to both a S7-1500 and CompactLogix to test it out. For more information, check out the...

Getting Started with an A-B E300 Overload Module

When I was hired at my first professional job in September of 2000, I would soon learn that the facility I was being hired at would undergo a very large expansion in the next...

Control System Architecture for Preventive and Predictive Maintenance

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Downtime is the number one issue that prevents companies from meeting their productivity goals. It is very important, whether coming into a mature facility or starting from the ground up to make the right decisions...

Are Your Allen-Bradley Products Obsolete? Here's How To Find Out

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The Allen-Bradley brand has been around for over a hundred years, and in the last fifty years they've released thousands of different electronic products, including PLCs, VFDs, and HMIs. So it's no surprise today that...

How To Use Rockwell's New Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool

In today's article I'll show you how to use Rockwell's new Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool. The replacement for Rockwell's discontinued Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool can now be found inside of Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB.) Note: To learn how...

How To Use Rockwell's New Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool (2018) (Video, TAM S4 E52)

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Can't find Rockwell's free Ethernet/IP Capacity Tool? In this episode I show where it is and how to use it (Episode 52 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you've found this video helpful, checkout...

How To Enable Legacy PLCs In Integrated Architecture Builder

So you've updated Rockwell's Integrated Architecture Builder to gain access to new devices like the 5580 and 5380 Controllers. Then later you realize you can no longer create projects with older controllers like the ControlLogix...

How To Enable Legacy PLCs In Integrated Architecture Builder (Video, TAM S4 E51)

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In this episode I show you how you can use legacy PLCs like the PLC-5, L6x, L23, and more in the latest version of Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) (Episode 51 of The Automation Minute...

How To Download, Use, and Update Rockwell's Integrated Architecture Builder

In today's article I walk you through how to find, download, install, use, and update Rockwell's free Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) software. 1) Start by navigating your web browser to www.ab.com: 2) Once there, search on...

How To Download, Use, and Update Integrated Architecture Builder (2018) (Video, TAM S4 E50)

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In this episode I show you how to download, install, use, and update Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB) (Episode 50 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you've found this video helpful, checkout my training courses...

How to find, remove, and pause Windows updates impacting Rockwell Software

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Yesterday we discussed how recent Microsoft Windows Updates were severely impacting some Rockwell Software customers. Today we'll look at how to work around these issues by finding our Windows 10 build number, list of installed...

Rockwell Software Stop Working? This may be why (and how to fix it) (Video,...

In this episode I discuss how recent Windows Patches have caused Studio 5000, View Studio, And RSLinx to stop working. I also discuss how to fix the issues (Episode 23 of The Automation Minute...

Windows Meltdown and Spectre Patches Impact Rockwell Software Users

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Earlier this week, Bob (a fellow automation instructor and a LinkedIn connection), sent me a message about a serious Windows update issue he encountered after returning from winter break. Apparently, Microsoft released several security updates...

How to save money by upgrading your Rockwell Software (Video, TAM S4 E20)

In this episode I discuss how you can save money by upgrading your existing Rockwell Software (Episode 20 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you've found this video helpful, checkout my training courses here. You...
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Saving Money with Rockwell Software Upgrades

My students often ask me what's the most affordable software they can buy for use with a particular product and course. And as I'm preparing to film my FactoryTalk View Site Edition course, I also...

How to find Allen-Bradley Part Numbers and Prices (Video, TAM S4 E19)

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In this episode I show you how to lookup Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software Catalog Numbers and Prices by downloading, installing, and using the free Proposal Works application (Episode 19 of The Automation Minute Season...

Find Allen-Bradley Parts and Prices with Proposal Works

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In this article I'll walk you through the process of looking up Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software Catalog Numbers and Prices by downloading, installing, and using the free Proposal Works application. Start by navigating your...

How to download Rockwell Software Versions and Updates (Video, TAM S4 E18)

In this episode I show you how to download new and past versions of Rockwell Software using your serial number (Episode 18 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you've found this video helpful, checkout...

Finding local Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley) Distributors (Video, TAM S4 E17)

In this episode I show you how to use the new and improved webpage to find your local Rockwell distributors (Episode 17 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you've found this video helpful, checkout...