Today, Ethernet is the network of choice for automation systems. In years past, Ethernet was an expensive and costly add-on. However, more and more small programmable controllers are now coming with Ethernet as standard. Below we’ll cover what is available today for small Ethernet Programmable Controllers from Allen-Bradley. Micro820 and 850 If … Read More »
Ears perk up when I mention Rockwell released an Ethernet PLC with a list price of $249. And surprisingly, many are interested as much for home projects as they are for automating small systems. There’s no doubt about it, this small “Micro820″ PLC is, well small. It has only 20 points of … Read More »
Recently, a client asked me which A-B Micro PLC’s supported HSC and PTO functions, as well as how fast each is. Below is the results of my research: Note: The below are best case based on choosing the DC I/O model of the Micro with the most high speed digital inputs … Read More »
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 keep in mind that older blogs have a distinct advantage as they have been around much longer. And it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few … Read More »
Like the Connected Components Building Blocks (CCBB,) Rockwell’s Connected Components Accelerator Toolkit (CCAT for short) is designed around “component” level devices. However, this “Accelerator Toolkit” is designed for the Micro800 and Connected Components Workbench, where as the “Building Blocks” are designed around the MicroLogix and RSLogix. Initially, when you download CCAT you get the following building … Read More »
On November 25th, Rockwell released a new YouTube video promoting it’s ”Micro800 Solution for Intermittent VFFS” (Vertical Form, Fill and Seal.) For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I’ll include it below: While the video does a good job explaining the unique “touch probe” feature of the Micro850, it unfortunately … Read More »
The soon to be released Micro820 on display at Automation Fair 2013: The Micro820 is the newest entry in Rockwell’s Micro800 family. The unit is outfitted with two communication ports. The first is Serial communications accessible via a terminal block connection. The second is a standard Ethernet port. Unlike the Micro830 and Micro850, this unit does … Read More »
So you’re new to the world of PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers) and are looking to buy a beginner’s PLC to work with at home. I’m going to assume you’re on a budget, so getting the most “bang for your buck” will be important. You also may not own a 24vdc power supply, … Read More »
Today in part two of our three part series we’ll list the beginner Micro800 Family “How To” Videos Rockwell has posted to YouTube.com. I have divided these videos into two sections below: Product Introduction and Programming Basics Using Advanced Instructions In Ladder Logic / Ladder Diagram Micro800 Programming – Use LOG Instruction in Ladder … Read More »
Today in part two of our three part series we’ll list the beginner Micro800 Family “How To” Videos Rockwell has posted to YouTube.com. I have divided these videos into two sections below: Product Introduction and Programming Basics Introductions to the Micro800 Family Allen-Bradley Micro810 Introductory Video by ROKAutomation Thomas Sugimoto, Global Marketing Manager of … Read More »
When Rockwell released it’s new Micro800 PLC and the Connected Component Workbench (CCW) programming software, it knew that new users were going to need some help getting to know how to program this new product. With that in mind Rockwell created dozens of “How To” videos for the Micro800, and … Read More »
Rockwell Automation has a reputation of charging for their PLC programming software, and that’s true for most of the packages that program their Programmable Controllers. However, RA does make several software packages available free of charge, and I’ll detail those over the next two days. Click here for the second part of this article We’ll start at the Rockwell … Read More »
Shawn began programming as a pre-teen in the early 80's, and after earning a degree in Electronics he worked as an Automation Specialist for 25 years. In 1999 Shawn launched his first website which was the pre-cursor to TheAutomationBlog.com which he launched in 2013. Today Shawn continues to publish and edit content for The Automation Blog while also teaching PLC, HMI, and SCADA courses at TheAutomationSchool.com.
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