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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 part series on using the PanelView Plus Serial DH-485 driver: Note: These videos were going to...

Math with Mixed Data Types in the Micro800

While Rockwell's Micro800 line of programmable controllers does include support for instructions you won't find in RSLogix, it's lacking one big feature that many RSLogix users have come to rely on. Specifically I'm referring to the ability to use math...

The SLC-500: Resetting to Factory Defaults

How to clear a SLC-500 controller's memory and reset it to factory defaults. In the SLC-500 family of controllers there are three different ways memory is backed up, and therefore three different ways to clear memory and reset the controller...
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Using the MicroLogix 1100's LCD To Enable Default Comms

The MicroLogix 1100'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 enable default comms: NOTE: When "Default Comms" is enabled, the MicroLogix 1100's Channel 0 serial port...
Micro800 Training Course Nano-Basics

Micro800 Training Course

If you've visited theautomationblog.com lately, you've seen that I've started publishing a series of videos on the Micro800. Update: Course now available at TheAutomationSchool.com. Part of the reason for this is, while I still believe the MicroLogix 1000 is the best PLC to...

Automation Talk: Thoughts, Impressions, and Goings-on for March 6, 2019

I'm very fortunate to be able to catch up with so many connections, blog readers, and forum posters each week. Often our discussions go in some interesting directions, many of which I think our readers here would also enjoy hearing...
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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 take more than an hour or so. Boy was I wrong! Because the client sent me an...

MicroLogix 1200 DCOMM & Trim Pots (Video M1E29)

In The Automation Minute: Episode 29, I walk you through using the DCOMM button and Trim Pots found on an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1200 Micro Programmable Controller. Note: To find out how you can get a copy of the complete Micro...

RSLinx Enterprise Adding Logix PACs (Flashback Video 4)

In The Automation Minute, Flashback Episode 4, Shawn Tierney walks you through adding Logix PLC's on the Local Tab of Rockwell's RSLinx Enterprise. Note: To find out how you can get a copy of our complete PanelView Plus and View...

Use MicroLogix 1400's LCD to Change Mode (Video, TAM S1 E52)

In The Automation Minute: Episode 52, Shawn Tierney shows you how to use MicroLogix 1400’s LCD to change its mode. Note: To find out how you can get a copy of Shawn's low cost PLC training video visit http://www.TheAutomationSchool.com   If you've...

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