The folks at Fluke recently published an informative article outlining the key differences between “office grade” and industrial Ethernet. While there are similarities, many of the characteristics of “standard” Ethernet would be ineffective or even dangerous when dealing with mechanical or other processes. The article details the changes made by the IEEE to make Ethernet […]
How to Connect to Allen Bradley Ethernet-Enabled Devices?
If you have come across a similar situation where you cannot connect Ethernet to Allen Bradley Controller, then you have come to the right place. One of the major reasons why people fail to connect to Allen Bradley Ethernet-enabled devices is probably because their system’s IP address has not been properly configured or the network […]
What is Field Bus and what are the Foundation Fieldbus basics?
Before the introduction of Foundation Fieldbus, the gateway to the industrial automation started with parallel wiring, where the devices were connected independently with the rule and control level. However, with the increased levels of automation, the number of participants also increased. This led to a high wiring expenditure. Hence, it was extensively replaced by […]
How to split the DF1 Port of SLC500, MicroLogix, CompactLogix, PLC5, ControlLogix or any Allen Bradley DF1 Port Device.
In case you have the serial DF1 port of an Allen Bradley PLC, like PLC5, SLC 5/05 1747-L551, SLC 5/03 1747-L533, CompactLogix 1768, CompactLogix 1769, Control Logix 5563, MicroLogix 1400 (1766 MicroLogix ), MicroLogix 1200 (1762 MicroLogix ), MicroLogix 1100 ( 1763 MicroLogix ), MicroLogix 1000 ( […]
MicroLogix 1400 MODBUS TCP/IP to DH+ 1785 PLC-5 or 1747 SLC 5/04
If you are in a situation where you have an Allen Bradley MicroLogix 1400 with MODBUS TCP/IP support, and you want it to communicate with the DH+ network devices like Allen Bradley’s PLC5 and SLC5/04, where the MicroLogix Ethernet port is configured for MODBUS TCP/IP Master so that it can get data from any DH+ […]
Allen Bradley 1784-PKTX, Woodhead SST-DHP-PCI / 5136-SD-PCI, Equustek DLCPIe and Microsoft Windows Security Support
If you have an Allen Bradley 1784-PKTX or SST’s SST-DHP-PCI / 5136-SD-PCI on a desktop running Windows 7, we all know that on Jan 2020 Microsoft will stop releasing security updates for Windows 7, which means you need to upgrade to a new desktop running a newer Windows version, like Windows 10. The problem you […]
The Difference Between Profibus And Profinet
Profibus and Profinet are two terms that are often confused with each other, both of them being field networks part of industrial automation protocols. However, there are significant differences between the two in various aspects and for the same reason are used for different purposes in industries. In order to clearly understand their functioning and […]
What is The ControlNet Network?
ControlNet is an open-sourced industrial network protocol. It is best suited for industrial automation applications. Interestingly, it is also known as a Fieldbus. This industrial network protocol caters to the demands of high-throughput applications required for automation. Another exciting feature of this industrial network protocol lies in the fact that it facilitates processes of discrete […]
What is a protocol converter in networking?
In networking, a protocol converter is a program or a device that converts from one protocol to another allowing inter-dependability between systems or devices that use dissenting protocols. Essentially, communication protocols are the rules that define how the data passing through a system are to be processed and transmitted. If two or more systems or […]
RSLinx: Essentials to Know
Communication software has come a long way from basic emails and chat systems now. Advanced technologies these days provide more than just a mechanism for different systems and users to exchange files and terminal emulators among themselves. As devices are getting smarter by the day, there is indeed a need for more intelligent mediums facilitating […]