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Flashback Friday! PanelBuilder32 “Providence Beer” Demo

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Welcome to The Automation Blog’s “Flashback Friday!” Today I’m highlighting my PanelBuilder32 “Providence Beer” demo. The year was 1996 and I was tasked with designing a custom “hands-on” seminar for the new PanelView 550. The goal was to walk attendees through communication set-up, tag creation, and basic screen design. In order to have a little fun with the project, ... Read More »

How to add Ethernet to a SLC-500

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The SLC-500 is a very popular PLC with over a million installed processors in facilities around the world. Over the years many of those facilities have modernized their sites by adding plantwide ethernet networks, and I often get calls asking how they can add their legacy SLC-500 systems to those Ethernet networks. Note: For our previous articles ... Read More »

How to add Ethernet to a MicroLogix

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The MicroLogix is a very popular Micro Programmable Controller, and I often get calls asking how they can be added to an Ethernet network While we’ve previously discussed options for adding Ethernet to PLC-5 processors,  in today’s article we’ll discuss what it takes to add Ethernet to non-Ethernet MicroLogix. Upgrading to a MicroLogix with built-in Ethernet In many ... Read More »

Flashback Friday! RSLogix 500 “Providence Beer” Demo

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Welcome to The Automation Blog’s “Flashback Friday!” Today I’m highlighting my RSLogix 500 “Providence Beer” demo. The year was 1996 and I was tasked with designing a “hands-on” seminar for the new PanelView 550. The hands-on labs I needed to create would include setting up communications, as well as basic screen creation. In order to do this, I would need ... Read More »

MicroLogix Protocol Support

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In today’s article we’ll review the communication protocols supported by all the models and series of Allen-Bradley MicroLogix programmable controllers. MicroLogix 1000 Protocol Support: Channel 0: Series A: DF1 Respond Only Series B: Same as series A Series C & Analog: DF1 Full Duplex, DF1 Half Duplex Slave, DH-485 The MicroLogix 1000′s single serial ... Read More »

MicroLogix Communication Ports

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In today’s article we’ll review the communication ports found on the Allen-Bradley series of MicroLogix programmable controllers. MicroLogix 1000 Communication Port:   Channel 0: 8 Pin Mini-Din The MicroLogix 1000 includes a single RS-232 serial port for communications. This port is an 8 Pin Mini-Din style. To convert this communications port from RS-232 to RS-485, an ... Read More »

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