PLCGurus.NET Guest Bloggers Wanted!

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Here at PLCGurus.NET we are always looking to grow not only our community base but our knowledge and expertise around all things Industrial Automation and Control Systems.

Guest Bloggers Wanted

With that, we are opening our doors to guest bloggers around the world! We are the Internet’s fastest growing on-line community of professional engineers, technicians and technologists and we need your help! Do you have experience with Rockwell, Siemens, Omron, Mitsubishi, Fanuc or any other vendor or supplier of Industrial Controls hardware, software or machinery. If so we want to hear from you!

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FREE Studio 5000 Training Now!

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Studio 5000

We’ve been busy here at PLCGurus.NET! We are building a FREE Studio 5000 Video Training Series so our community members and user base can benefit from learning at their own pace on a widely used programmable automation controller (PAC) platform. To do that, we will require a few elements to be successful:

  1. A copy of the Studio 5000 Software (v21 and above) w/ RSLinx installed.
  2. A copy of the Studio 5000 Logix Emulate Software (or actual Logix Hardware).
  3. A willingness to learn fun new things!

No prior knowledge of the Studio 5000 environment is necessary, this series assumes you are new to the ControlLogix platform of controllers, Studio 5000, and the associated Studio 5000 Emulator software. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, continue reading…

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Safety Distance Calculation Made Easy

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Safety Distance Calculation

When attempting to safeguard a piece of automation equipment using electrical safeguarding devices such as light curtains, area scanners and safety mats, careful consideration must be taken to ensure they are not just placed in an arbitrary location that is convenient to install or mount. Many factors must be considered when performing a safety distance calculation.

As machinery and processes continue to become faster and more complex the need to be aware of, and continue to strive for improved safety measures has never been more at the forefront of electrical control system design then it is today. Due to this ever growing trend, the industry in turn has evolved to keep pace by marketing products and protective devices that aim to put the safety and well-being of the people or persons operating machinery at the forefront of the design process.

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Stratix 5700 NAT With Layer 3 Routing

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Implementing Stratix 5700 NAT

In this article we will be implementing Layer 2 NAT with Layer 3 routing as shown in the the network topology depicted below. For this example we will be leveraging two Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 Managed Industrial Ethernet switches (Full Software Version) and three Logix based controllers (machines). With Stratix 5700 NAT capability configured, we can setup a NAT instance per VLAN. When we create multiple VLANs on one Stratix 5700 switch we can connect multiple identical machines and leverage Layer 3 routing to route between the various VLANs.

Stratix 5700 NAT Network Layout

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How To Install FREE Rockwell Software

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Free Rockwell Software

We’ve been busy creating new videos here at PLCGurus.NET! We decided to do a piece for those of you who may be new to the Allen-Bradley family of PLC’s and Rockwell Software in general. In the following set of videos I will show you how to install FREE Rockwell software. That’s right, Rockwell does provide a FREE set of tools to get you up and running in their RSLogix 500 programming environment and MicroLogix 1100 platform of controllers without the need to spend any $$$ at all!

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