Good morning visitors,

If you’re new to The Automation Guy blog, this is where I post about what I’ve working on over at The Automation Blog, Minute, Podcast, and School.

Recently in preparation for recording some advanced communication lessons in my ControlLogix course, PAC Basics course, I took a break from filming lessons to created some new content for my YouTube channel.

The result is over two hours of free PLC communications videos releasing in the next three weeks.

It all starts with The Automation Minute Season 3, Episode 9, in which I discuss the odd fact that Rockwell now states you need RSLogix 500 to program the MicroLogix, while the much less expensive RSLogix Micro will do.

Next in Episode 10, we take a look at the programming cables needed to program the MicroLogix family of PLCs.

Then in Episode 11, 12, and 13 I walk viewers through configuring RSLinx and Downloading a new program to the MicroLogix 1000, 1200, and 1500.

And in Episode 14 and 15 I show how to setup RSLinx to communication to a MicroLogix 1100 and 1400 and download to them.

In Episode 16 and 17 I demonstrate how to communicate to a SLC-500 using Serial DF1, and then DH485.

The in Episode 18, I show connecting and downloading to a PLC-5 using Serial DF1. And in Episode 19 I show connecting to a SLC-504 and PLC-5 using a USB to DH+ converter.

And to wrap the series up, in The Automation Podcast Episode 36, I show where I find demos for all of the above PLC’s, as well as the process I used to re-configure and download them.

In total, the result is over two hours of free PLC connectivity videos which I’m hoping people will find useful for many years to come.

Until next time, Peace ✌️ 

Shawn M Tierney
Technology Enthusiast & Content Creator

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  1. Hi Shawn
    how are you , long time we did not talk , recently i am working on programming panel view plus 700
    tell you the truth , its not friendly software , not like panel view builder , not easy to find tags
    or add or edit , also its different if its slc 500 or control logic 5000
    i am stuck , i need help please

    Thank you



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