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Insight's Inbox: I have a ControlLogix, how do I access the controller's clock?

Today we're kicking off a new series entitled, "Insight's Inbox," which are articles based on the reader email questions we receive. Reader Question: I would like to enable some ControlLogix code when it's between...
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The Automation Blog’s “Best Of 2014″ Logix blogs

Welcome to the first article in our "Best of 2014" series. Today we'll list the seven most popular CompactLogix and ControlLogix blogs of 2014. As we mentioned in...
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What version is my RSLogix 5000 ACD file?

In today's article I'll share a simple tip on how to find your RSLogix 5000 .ACD file version without opening it in RSLogix 5000. Why would you care? Experienced...

Flashback Friday! RSLogix 5000 ASCII Integer from Word to String

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting some simple code I wrote and published twelve years ago using RSLogix version 10. The year was 2002, and...
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How To Download Rockwell's PlantPAx Library Of Process Objects

Update: Click HERE for the latest procedure to download Rockwell's PlantPAx Library Of Process Objects for FREE. Rockwell's PlantPAx Library of Process Objects recently became...
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Studio 5000 Version 24 Released

Rockwell Automation recently released for download version 24 of its Studio 5000 Logix Designer software, which programs its CompactLogix and ControlLogix line of Programmable Automation...
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What's new with Logix, as seen at RSTechED 2014

What's new? One of my all time favorite sessions at RSTechED are the "What's New" series. This year's RSTechED was a little light on these sessions,...
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Studio 5000 Logix Designer version 24, as seen at RSTechED

Studio 5000 Logix Designer version 24 RSTechED is a great event to find out about what's new and coming from Rockwell Automation. This year we got...
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What you need to know about Studio 5000 version 22, 23 and 24

Studio 5000 Logix Designer version 22 For only the second time in the product's history over a decade, Rockwell will not be releasing a major...
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RSLogix 5000 Previous Versions DVD Returns

UPDATE 11/10/2017: Most of Rockwell's existing software product part numbers which end in "ENE" will no longer provide you with a "physical shipment" of...
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Seven things you should know about Studio 5000 Logix Designer v21 (formerly RSLogix 5000)

It's been just over a year since Rockwell launched Studio 5000 Logix Designer, and it seems I'm getting more questions about it now than...
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Why can't I access my AOI local tags from my HMI?

A client contacted me this week with a problem. He couldn't get his HMI to communicate to his ControlLogix AOI's local tags. However, what really seemed...
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Changes I would like to see made to Rockwell's Translate PLC-5 SLC utility

UPDATE: Rockwell has release a new version of this tool with additional features. To get the latest version, search the below website for “RSLogix Project Migrator...
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What you need to know about ControlLogix redundancy

Over the years I've received many request for information about ControlLogix redundancy. During that time I've developed the following ten tips for new redundancy users: At a minimum...
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Converting your RSLogix 500 program to RSLogix 5000 using the Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0...

UPDATE: Rockwell has release a new version of this tool with additional features. To get the latest version, search the below website for “RSLogix Project Migrator...
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Working around the Translate PLC-5 SLC 2.0 utility's syntax error

A few weeks ago, a client asked me to review his SLC-500 program files. He wanted my advice on how difficult it would be to convert them...
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Why won't RSLogix 5000 v16 find my activation?

Last week a client sent me his RSLogix 5000 v16 file to review. It was a slow week, and I honestly didn't expect looking over his files would...
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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...
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Rockwell's Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit

Rockwell's Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit (WWWAT for short) is designed to reduce engineering and development time around Water and Waste Water applications. This "Accelerator Toolkit" is...
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RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000: What comes in the box?

UPDATE 11/06/2017: Most of Rockwell's existing software product part numbers which end in "ENE" will no longer provide you with a "physical shipment" of...
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Seven things you need to know before using ControlLogix

It's easy to forget that not everyone has used Rockwell's ControlLogix. In fact, I was just reminded of this last week when I needed to review the below...
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Which RSLogix 5000 / Studio 5000 package is right for you?

Client's often call asking which package of RSLogix 5000 they should buy, and in the article I'll attempt to help prospective customers answer that question. Programming...
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What you need to know before upgrading to RSLogix 5000 version 20.03

Wait! Before you install version 20.03 you really should understand how it's different, very different, from all previous minor revisions of RSLogix 5000. Update! Version...
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Estimating your Allen-Bradley (A-B) Logix controller's Ethernet/IP bandwidth using Rockwell's free Ethernet/IP capacity tool

When designing or upgrading a system which relies on a network, bandwidth is always a concern. But for Rockwell's CompactLogix and ControlLogix on an Ethernet/IP network there is...
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Are the inputs on the Allen-Bradley (A-B) 1769-L1xER high speed?

Last week a colleague asked me if the inputs on the Allen-Bradley (A-B) 1769-L1xER were high speed inputs, like found on some MicroLogix. I honestly had...

Can multiple Logix PLC's control the same Ethernet I/O?

A client recently asked me if multiple CompactLogix (or ControlLogix) processors could control the same Ethernet I/O? Since RSLogix5000 has supported Ethernet I/O, its been...
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ControlLogix support for adding I/O online

A common client question of late is what are the abilities of the ControlLogix when is comes to adding I/O online. In certain industries, processes...
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RSLogix 5000 "How To" Start Page Videos from Rockwell Allen-Bradley (A-B)

Rockwell's RSLogix 5000 includes over fifty "How To" getting started videos designed to aid new users, or to introduce new features to existing users. These video "media files"...
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How to test the loading of Non-Volatile memory in your CompactLogix or ControlLogix

Similar to other Allen-Bradley PLC's, the CompactLogix and ControlLogix Controllers give you three options for loading the Controller's memory "image" from non-volatile memory (CompactFlash, SD, etc.)...
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Why your CompactLogix or ControlLogix Real Time Clock (DateTime) may be a few hours...

A client recently called frustrated that the real time clock in his CompactLogix processor was always off by 4 hours. While I had heard this complaint in the past, since I...