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Get RSLogix ready for Halloween!

In today's article I'll show you a little known trick to give RSLogix 5, 500 & Micro some Halloween spirit! First, you know that online animation in RSLogix? You know, the rotating "Ladder" animation near the top of the screen: Well we're going to change that...
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The Fixed Style SLC-500

Recently, a client called asking what I thought would be the best replacement for a 1747-L40. But to understand how to size a replacement for this PLC, we'll first need to understand what that part number represents. And in this article I'll review the models...

CompactLogix 5380 vs 5370

In today's article we'll compare the new 5380 CompactLogix with the previously released 5370 "L3" line of A-B controllers. Let's start off with a comparison of the front of the processors themselves: 5370: LED Status Indicators Run switch SD card slot USB Port 5380: LED Status Indicators ...

How to Message (MSG) data from a MicroLogix 1400 to a MicroLogix 1100 over...

In Today's article I walk you through how to Message data from a MicroLogix 1400 to a MicroLogix 1100 over Ethernet using the MSG instruction. Note: In this example I have a MicroLogix 1400 at IP Address 192.168.1.66, and a MicroLogix...

RSLogix Halloween Animation! Also, anyone automating a holiday display?

Let me wish all of you a very Happy Halloween! And if any of you are automating a Holiday Display (Haunted House, Holiday Lights, etc) I'd love to hear about the products you're using, and how you're automating your display. But...

Deal of the Week: ControlLogix Processors, Racks, Comm Modules

Deals of the Week: I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and this week I've come across three on ControlLogix: 1756-L55, Ethernet, I/O Modules, PS & Chassis: $1,250 ControlLogix 1756-L55 with Ethernet, Eight I/O modules, Chassis, and Power Supply listed...
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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...

The SLC-5/05: How to set the Ethernet IP Address using RSLogix 500

How to set the Ethernet IP Address of a SLC-5/05 Controller using RSLogix. Setting a SLC-5/05's IP Address Offline: If you have a project file for your SLC-5/05 controller that your want to edit and download, follow these steps: 1) Open your...

Insights Inbox: Best PLC to use in a College Course?

In today's edition of "Insight's Inbox" we answer a reader's question about what we think would be the best PLC to use in a college course. Reader Question: My professor reached out to me to ask which PLC I would recommend he...
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Free Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Automation 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. Click here for...

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