Programmable Controllers

Programmable Controllers

Using the LCD to find the MicroLogix 1100's IP and MAC address (Video, TAM...

In The Automation Minute: Episode 40, Shawn Tierney walks you through using the MicroLogix 1100’s LCD to find its IP and MAC address. Note: To find out how you can get a copy of my Micro Programmable Controller training video,...
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Rockwell's CompactLogix 5380 Press Release

This past Thursday Rockwell issued a formal press release regarding their new CompactLogix 5380 controller. In it, they focused on the new controller's enhanced capacity, claiming an increase in capacity of up to twenty percent over previous models. They also positioned the 5380 as an...

How to flash CompactLogix firmware over Ethernet

In today's article I walk you through how to flash a CompactLogix processor's firmware over Ethernet using RSLinx and ControlFlash. Step 1) Open ControlFlash When you install RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000, a firmware flashing program called ControlFlash is also installed. To start the process of...

ControlLogix Reading Data From CompactLogix, SLC-500, MicroLogix over Ethernet (Video S29)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use the MSG (Message) Instruction in the ControlLogix to read data from CompactLogix, SLC-500, and MicroLogix over Ethernet: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...
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Flashback Friday! RSLogix 5 Sum Integer File using FAL

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting PLC-5 code I wrote and published twelve years ago using RSLogix 5. The year was 2002, and my client needed to calculate a running average based on file of integer values he had been collecting. The...
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Why the Allen-Bradley (A-B) 1747-PIC always had trouble working in Microsoft Windows

Over the years I’ve heard more than my fair share of complaints about Allen-Bradley’s 1747-PIC’s lack of Microsoft Windows support. In fact, every time I now hear someone complain I can’t help but say, “It’s a DOS product! From 1990!...
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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" which are found in the RSLogix 5000 "Start Page" often go unnoticed, as does the fact that...
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FactoryTalk Alarm and Events area issue

A good client recently asked me to visit a site with him to help troubleshoot an odd issue he was having with FactoryTalk Alarm and Events. The site had redundant high-end Dell servers, each with FactoryTalk View Site Edition Server, RSLinx Enterprise,...

What you need to know before flashing a CompactLogix processor's firmware (Video, TAM S2...

In The Automation Minute, Season 2 Episode 15, Shawn Tierney discusses what you need to know before flashing a CompactLogix processor. If you've found this video helpful, checkout my training courses here. You can now buy high definition digital downloads of...
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MicroLogix 1200 Expansion I/O

The MicroLogix 1200's base I/O can be expanded using 1762  I/O modules. In this article we'll describe the details of how this is accomplished. The right front of the MicroLogix 1200 has a small cover over top of a 1762 I/0 expansion port, and the...

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