It’s been a busy summer here at Insights In Automation, and I thought I’d take a moment to review what’s new at The Automation Blog and School!

You can either watch the video version here, or scroll down for the text version below the video:

What’s new at

1. Recruiting Freelance Writers

First up, we’re now actively recruiting Freelance Writers to submit articles for publication here on The Automation Blog.

We’re doing this with one goal in mind: To broaden our audience by publishing articles on industrial automation topics which lie outside of my own areas of expertise, including products made by vendors other than Rockwell, as well as Rockwell products other than PLCs, HMIs, and SCADA.

We’ve already had a few people sign up, and you’ve probably noticed their posts over the last couple of weeks.

So if you’re interested in joining out team, please submit the contact form on this page and I’ll get in touch with you next week.

2. Submit a News Tip

Now that our forums are up and running to handle reader Q & A, I’ve brought back the “submit news tip” link to the top of the site for those of you who want to shares news about products and happening with us.

The new form offers you the choice of submitting the news tip anonymously or with credit given.

3. and now part of

For those who might not be aware of this change, over the summer we migrated the above two sites into this one.

We also attempted to migrate every product, user, order, and receipt from the store at to the new store at, so any previous orders you’ve made at the old site should now show up here.

4. Looking to trade a ControlLogix Course for an RSLogix 5 license

As you’ve probably seen on The Automation Show, we’re hard at work putting together our product backboard in Studio B.

One product we’d like to fully integrate with the rest of the equipment is our PLC-5, however Rockwell has formally rejected our request to purchase their PLC/HMI Toolkit by telling us we just don’t qualify.

Not wanting to waste money on an expensive toolkit full of products we’ll never use, we’re thought we’d reach out to our readers and connections to see if any of them would be willing to trade us a license of RSLogix 5 for a ControlLogix course from The Automation School.

So if you have a license of RSLogix 5 you no longer need and would be willing to transfer to us, please contact me using this form here.

5. Become a member, get free stuff!

We’re very thankful to those individuals who’ve been backing our site, some as far back as 2014!

In order to show them our appreciation, we’re in the process of updating our membership program so that all our backers will be able to browse our site Ad Free, as well as get access to free download too!

We’re not ready to release the details as of yet, but stay tuned as we plan to roll it out shortly!

What’s new at

1. Last Chance Sale for Compact (Logix) Basics

I’m prepping to film the very last chapter of my CompactLogix course, Compact Basics, and wanted to let everyone know that my “Last Chance” sale ends on September 30th!

So if you (or someone you know) would like to learn all about the CompactLogix line, then please head over to to save 20% off this course and get if for just $119!

2. All Contact Links in One place

In our recently updated “top menu,” you’ll now find all of our contact links in one place!

These include links to our pre-sales questions, group enrollment questions, returning student discounts, upgrade coupon requests, and general contact link.

3. Recruiting Instructors

Last but not lease, we’re always on the lookout for instructors who’d like to join me in teaching over at The Automation School.

So if you either already have a course or would like to create one, please contact me about teaching at The Automation School by using this link.

Well that’s it for our Summer 2019 update!

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please don’t hesitate to leave them below 😉

Until next time, Peace ✌️ 

Shawn M Tierney
Technology Enthusiast & Content Creator

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Shawn Tierney




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