Controls and Automation Safety

Thinking back over my last twenty years in manufacturing, I can recall several lessons and “wake up” calls that helped me mature in my personal attitude towards safety. Yes, if you mentioned safety to me when I was twenty years...

String Selection from Binary Input

Do you have a machine that you need to get data from? And do you need to send that data to another device but the machine lacks networking capabilities? In this article I'll show how to get data a your...

RSLogix Install Error 1723

Recently, I was working on updates for my PLC courses at TheAutomationSchool.com when I ran into an issue downloading the free versions of RSLogix Micro Lite, RSLinx Classic, and RSEmulate 500. After blogging about the latest procedure to download the...

IoT Architecture: Allen-Bradley PLCs to Amazon AWS

In this article, we'll review an example of a complete IoT system based loosely on the system our team recently deployed. If you're new to IoT, you may wish to first read my "How IoT Works" article here. In the...

Insider News for March & April 2020 (Patron Only)

Note: Insider News articles and videos cover behind the scenes topics at The Automation Blog, Podcast and Show exclusively for our supporters at http://patreon.com/automation. Insider News for 04/29/20 Thank you all for your continued support! I hope everyone is staying safe and...