The Automation Blog’s most popular blogs of 2015

Welcome to the third and final article in our round-up of the most popular blogs of the first half of 2015.

Today we’ll list the seven most popular non-Logix, non-PanelView blogs so far this year.

Please keep in mind older blogs have a very distinct advantage since they’ve been around much longer than newer ones.

And as it turns out, some of our top blogs from 2014 make a repeat appearance in this summers list of our most popular non-Logix and non-PanelView articles for the first half of 2015:

Free-Emualte-500-fiHow to get a free copy of RSLogix Emulate 500

One of the best kept Rockwell secretes is for the last few years they have offered RSLogix Emulate 500 for free.

With this software, you can test your SLC-500 or MicroLogix programs right on your PC, without the need to connect to a physical unit… [Read More]

RSLinx Classic Topic for Excel Featured ImageGetting Allen-Bradley (A-B) Programmable Controller data into Excel using RSLinx Classic

If you would like to display data from your Allen-Bradley PLC or PAC in Microsoft Excel, and have a licensed copy RSLinx Classic (aka RSLinx,) it can be accomplished using a few simple steps we’ll cover in this article… [Read More]

Rockwell Automation and Allen-Bradley Free Software Downloads LinkFree Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Automation (RA) software (part 1)

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… [Read More]

USB Cable Data Highway Plus - 1784-U2DHPUSB Cables For Use With Allen-Bradley (A-B) And Rockwell Software (RS) Products

For decades we’ve relied on our laptop’s trusty serial port or PCMCIA slot to communicate with legacy A-B devices.

But when our old laptop dies, or our new one arrives, its very likely it with have neither a serial port or PCMCIA slot. This is when most of us begin thinking about moving to USB… [Read More]

Download free programming software for MicroLogix 4Free MicroLogix 1000 (and 1100) Programming Software

How to get free programming software for the MicroLogix 1000 and MicroLogix 1100… [Read More]

Rockwell Software Grace Period Featured ImageFactoryTalk Activation Grace Period

When FactoryTalk Activation (FTA) was first released, many clients expressed reservations about moving to it.

For some it was the fact that the older “Floppy Master Disk” activation would allow the use of the original “Master Disk” as a back-up activation in case the movable activation file was lost or corrupted… [Read More] Multi Product Compare Featured ImageAllen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Software (RS) support for Windows 7

Almost daily I’m asked about Rockwell Software (RS) and Allen-Bradley (A-B) software support for Windows 7.

While I haven’t memorized the list, the good news is Rockwell has put together an easy to use compatibility website which makes finding operating system support for it’s software a breeze… [Read More]

I hope you’ve found this “Best of 2015” article helpful.

If you have your own favorite blog post, or have a question about one of the above articles, please let us know by using the “post a comment or question” link below.

Until next time, Peace ✌️ 

Shawn M Tierney
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