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Automation Fair 101

Rockwell's Automation Fair: What is it, when and where is it, and what should I expect? What is Automation Fair? Rockwell describes it's Automation Fair as follows: "The premier automation industry event. Attend industry forums, hands-on labs, tech sessions & demonstrations to...
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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 no idea, but I was on my way back to my home office so I told him...
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Using Batch Files to change your PC's IP address

It's Friday and in this TGIF edition of "The Automation Blog" I want to share a little trick I learned from Darrell Clark while visiting his site last week. Most of us in the industrial automation world connect to our company (or...
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How to backup your RSLinx Classic configuration

Over the years many people have related a story to me which goes something like, "I spent hours getting RSLinx setup just right, and then someone on another shift messed up my settings." Or, "I haven't had to connect to that...
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Retro Encabulator (retroencabulator)

It's mid-week and we're taking a walk on the lighter side with a not-so-serious promotional video for Rockwell Automation's Retro Encabulator (retroencabulator) I came across this video back in the nineties and became an instant fan. Since then I've used it as an "ice breaker" to...