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Siemens PLC and HMI Starter Kit (video)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show we open a brand new Siemens PLC and HMI Starter Kit: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. The Automation Show, Episode 11 Show Notes: Siemens PLC and HMI...
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Automation Q & A for March, 2019 (video)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show we answer viewer questions on a wide range of automation topics: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. The Automation Show, Episode 10 Show Notes: Free Video Downloads For...

Do you use Alias Tags? Automation Talk for March 22, 2019

One limitation of legacy programmable controllers like the PLC-5, SLC-500, and MicroLogix, was the inability to save "address names," known as "symbols" in the aforementioned products, directly to the controller. And since these "symbols" could only be saved with the...
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Field Report: Memory Module Issues with new MicroLogix 1400s

Today I'd like to share a helpful "field report" that was posted in our forums recently. The report came in from Bill Hosay of DataVisual Controls, LLC, and if you'd like to see his original post you can read it here. Bill's story...
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Fun Automating Virtual Factories (video)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at "Automation In Gaming" by learning how to automate a virtual factory in the game Factorio: NOTE: You can purchase Factorio and support a charitable cause for free...

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...

The Fourth Generation of CompactLogix Controllers (5370)

The forth generation of CompactLogix controllers began with the release of the L1, L2, and L3 back in 2012. While 2012 might have been a bad year for Myan doomsayers, in was a banner year for the CompactLogix as Rockwell...

Automation Training Sale: Get lifetime access to all these courses for just $599!

New Year, New Automation Training Mega Bundles! You can now save over 50% AND get all lifetime access to all of our currently published extended courses for just $599 with our new Spring 2019 Mega Bundle! While this promotion is aimed at individuals, we...

Poka Yoke in Manufacturing

Humans make mistakes, and these mistakes can cause defective products. Poka Yoke, also known as mistake-proofing, is a technique for avoiding simple human errors at work. The idea was originally developed in the 1960s by Shigeo Shingo who was one...

The Third Generation of CompactLogix Controllers (L4x)

The third generation of CompactLogix controllers began with the release of the L43 back in 2006. Designed to bring ControlLogix performance and select features to the CompactLogix line, internally the L4x series shares the same architecture as the 1756-L6x controllers. As...